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FTP
You can use FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to copy files from your local computer directly into your DataWeb web. Since FTP allows you to copy multiple files at once, it's faster than uploading files one at a time using the web browser.

You have several options for transferring files using FTP; use whichever is most convenient for you:

•  FTP using the DataWeb Designer with Microsoft Internet Explorer
•  FTP using a third-party FTP utility
•  FTP using Macromedia Dreamweaver
•  FTP using the command line

FTP Connection Information

To connect to DataWeb's FTP server, you'll need the following information:

DataWeb.com FTP server ftp.DataWeb.com
DataWeb FTP user ID webaddress!DomainUserID, where webaddress is the full name of your web, including the domain name, and DomainUserID is your user ID on the domain.
DataWeb FTP password Your password on the domain.

For example, if your user ID on the DataWeb.com domain is DataGirl, your FTP user ID from the superheroes.DataWeb.com web is:

superheroes.DataWeb.com!DataGirl

FTP Caveats

Before you FTP files into your DataWeb web, you should be aware of the following:

•  FTP sends your DataWeb password over the Internet in clear text. It's possible for a malicious user to intercept a password that's transmitted over the Internet in this manner. If your web contains sensitive data, you may want to use a different means to transfer files into your web, or change your password soon after you are finished.

•  Only users with Designer permissions or higher can access files with the .data extension through an FTP program. Users with permissions below the level of Designer, such as Editor, Author and Depositor, will not be shown .data files. For a more detailed discussion of securing access to your DataWeb web, see Securing Your Web.

•  You will not be allowed to delete or create files with the .data extension. However, you may download and overwrite files with the .data extension.

•  Folder names must begin with a letter, can only contain letters, numbers, spaces, or the underscore character, and must not exceed 64 characters in length.

•  If your domain password contains a forward slash ("/"), you need to change your password in order to use FTP from Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer won't accept an FTP password that includes a forward slash.

•  You can prevent users from having FTP access to your application. From the Security menu, select Application Permissions. Check the Prevent FTP Access checkbox.

FTP Using the DataWeb Designer with Internet Explorer

To copy files into your web using FTP from the DataWeb Designer in Internet Explorer, follow these steps:

1.   From the DataWeb Designer, click the New button.
2.   Under the Import Existing column select the Import multiple files (FTP) option.
3.   You'll see a dialog with your FTP user ID filled in for you as described above. Enter your password and click Login.
4.   The folder that opens is the root folder of your web. You can copy files into this folder from your local computer using drag and drop or copy and paste. Close the folder when you're finished copying.

You can also use Internet Explorer to copy files into your web using FTP without using the DataWeb Designer. Open Internet Explorer and type in an address like the following one:

ftp://webaddress!DomainUserID:DomainPassword@ftp.DomainName.com/

where DomainPassword is the password on the domain on which your web resides, and DomainName is the name of that domain.

Using the previous example, you might enter:

superheroes.DataWeb.com!DataGirl:MyPassword@ftp.DataWeb.com/

FTP Using a Third-Party FTP Utility

There are a number of easy-to-use third-party FTP utilities that you can use to FTP files into your web. Consult your product's documentation to determine how to connect to DataWeb's FTP server.

FTP Using Dreamweaver

To FTP using Macromedia Dreamweaver, follow these steps:

1.   Open the Site window in Dreamweaver.
2.   In the Site menu, choose Define Sites.
3.   Hit the New button.
4.   Select Local Info.
5.   In the Site Name box, enter a name for your site.
6.   In the Local Folder box, enter the path to your local files.
7.   Select Web Server Info.
8.   In the FTP Host box, type ftp.DataWeb.com.
9.   Leave the Host Directory box blank.
10.  In the Login box, type your DataWeb FTP UserID (webaddress!DomainUserID).
11.  In the Password box, type in your domain password.
12.  Click the OK button.
13.  Click the Done button.
14.  Choose the site you just created from the dropdown menu in the toolbar.
15.  Click the Connect button.

FTP Using the Command Line

If you're familiar with the UNIX FTP commands, you can ftp files directly from the command line.

1.   From the command line, type ftp://ftp.DomainName.com, where DomainName is the name of the domain where your web resides.
2.   When prompted for your user name, type in your DataWeb FTP UserID (webaddress!DomainUserID).
3.   When prompted for password, type in your DataWeb FTP Password.
4.   Use the command line FTP commands to transfer files into your web from your client. If you need help, type help.
5.   To disconnect, type bye.

The following table describes some common FTP commands:

Command Description
help Display help on commands
close Close the connection
quit Quit ftp
ls List files
dir List files (more verbose)
get Download a file
mget Get multiple files
put Upload a file
mput Upload multiple files
cd Change directory
pwd Print working directory
ascii Set the file transfer type to ASCII
binary Set the file transfer type to BINARY
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