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Aloak FTP Service
Upload and download all of your web page files and images at will! Use the Aloak FTP Service to access and manage your files. Aloak FTP together with the EcomHost WebManager provide powerful file management tools for your web site. To find out more about our EcomHost WebManager go here.

The Aloak FTP Service is easy to use. Some configuration of your FTP client is required so please read the instructions below.

Configuring your FTP Client
This page explains the configuration of FTP client software. There are many FTP client software products available on the market today; however the two types we will explain in detail here will cover all types. There is the Microsoft© integrated FTP client, which is bundled with the Microsoft Windows© 9x operating system, and WS_FTP© Limited Edition that is available free for downloading to those that meet the licensing criteria.
Terms and Settings

The following terms and settings are generic and apply to any FTP client software. This information will have to be entered into the FTP software you use. Please make a note of these terms and settings, then proceed to the configuration instructions below.

Host name: This is the FTP server that is used to store the files on the Internet that you want to either upload or download. In this case, the host name will simply be your web address without the www prefix. For example: mysite.aloak.com.
User name: The user name (sometimes called user id) is simply the name used to log on to the FTP server. Your user name would be your email address. For example:
mymail@aloak.com
Password: Your password is the key which allows you to access the files on the FTP server. Each Aloak customer account comes with a single password which is chosen at the time the account is created. If you forgot your password you may retrieve your password hint from your Account Manager
Configuring Microsoft FTP Client
  1. Open the FTP Client. This can be done in one of two ways:
    • If there is a shortcut on your desktop, simply double-click it.
    • If no shortcut exists, then click on the Start button.
    • Click on Run in the menu that appears.
    • In the dialog box that pops up, type ftp, then click OK.
  2. At the ftp> prompt type: open host-name replacing the word "host-name" with your actual host name
  3. You will then be prompted for your user name. At the User prompt type in your user name.
  4. Finally, you will be prompted for your password. At the Password prompt, enter you Aloak password.
At this point you will be logged into the Aloak FTP Service, and you will be able to see all files that are available for downloading by typing ls.
Downloading a File
  1. First, go to the directory that you wish to download files to. This is done using the lcd command. For example:

    lcd c:\mydownloads

    The directory mydownloads can be replaced with the any directory you choose.

  2. The next step is to set the mode of transferral. There are two modes: ASCII and binary. It is always safer to FTP files in binary mode since that will always preserve to format of the file. To set the transfer mode to binary, type the following command:
    set binary

  3. You are now ready to download files by using the get command. For example:

    get myfile.gif

    This command downloads the file myfile.gif and stores it in your c:\mydownloads directory.

  4. You may download multiple files using the mget command as follows:

    mget file1.txt file2.gif...

    Note that there are no commas separating the list of files, and you can specify as many files as you like. You will be asked to confirm your uploads, at which point you can type either y or n and press Enter to indicate your choice.


Uploading a File
  1. Go to the directory that you wish to upload files from. This is done using the lcd command. For example:

    lcd c:\uploads

    The directory uploads can be replaced with the any directory you choose.

  2. The next step is to set the mode of transferral. There are two modes: ASCII and binary. It is always safer to FTP files in binary mode since that will always preserve to format of the file. To set the transfer mode to binary, type the following command:
    set binary

  3. You are now ready to upload files by using the put command. For example:

    put myfile.gif

    This command uploads the file myfile.gif and stores it in your FTP server directory.

  4. You may upload multiple files using the mput command as follows:

    mput file1.txt file2.gif...

    Note that there are no commas separating the list of files, and you can specify as many files as you like. You will be asked to confirm your uploads, at which point you can type either y or n and press Enter to indicate your choice.

Configuring WS_FTP LE
  1. Open WS_FTP LE.
    • EITHER
      Double-click on the WS_FTP LE shortcut icon on your desktop.
      OR
    • Click on the Start button, click on Run, browse for the WS_FTP executable file and then click OK.
  2. In WS_FTP LE click on the Connect button.
  3. Click on the New button to create a new profile.
  4. Click on the General tab if has not been selected.
    1. Profile Name - Give a name to your Aloak FTP Service profile.
    2. HostName/Address - Fill in the host name of your FTP server.
    3. Host Type - Do not change this field.
    4. User ID - Fill in this field with your user name.
    5. Password - Fill in your password.
    6. Click on the Save Pwd checkbox to save your password.
  5. Click on the Startup tab.
    1. Initial Remote Site Folder - Fill in with name of the folder on your FTP server. Leave this field blank if you want the default folder.
    2. Initial Local Folder - Fill in with the name of the folder on your hard drive.
    3. Leave the rest of the fields blank.
  6. Click on the Apply button.
Your new FTP account is now set up and you are ready to connect to the FTP server.
To connect to the Aloak FTP Service, simply press the OK button.
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