Logging in with an FTP client

Note: Please follow these steps carefully, it is easy to misunderstand.

Who can log in?

You can only use FTP if you are using the email address and password of an administrator on the site.  

How do I log in with an FTP client?

  1. Open up your FTP client. If you do not have one you can download Filezilla, a free FTP client.
  2. Below I am using information as if my publishpath.com address was http://testing.publishpath.com.

    You will need to substitute the information below in RED with your publishpath.com address that you signed up with. If you do not do this, it will not work.


    • Host- ftp.publishpath.com
    • Username- your email address/testing.publishpath.com
    • Password- your password you use to login.

How do I log in with Windows explorer?

  1. Connect via FTP to one of your website's URLs.  (e.g., "www.yourdomain.com").  An easy way to do this is to open up Explorer (windows key + E) and put this in the address bar ftp://yourdomain.publishpath.com.  If you open this up in Explorer (rather than a browser), you can rename, delete, move around things, drag files to it, etc.  If you open up ftp://speaklight.publishpath.com in your browser all you can do is look and download.
    • Note: If you are having issues using Windows Explorer, it will work better if are using an FTP program such as Filezilla.
  2. Your username is your administration username plus one of your website's URLs separated by a forward slash.  (e.g., " contact@ yourdomain.com/yourdomain.publishpath.com")
  3. Your password is your normal password.

What are some other noteworthy features?

  • It will only allow uploads of files within a whitelist of extensions.  How was the whitelist determined?  It is the aggregate of all the whitelist extensions currently imposed on your CMS through the web interface.  That whitelist is currently:
    • zip, txt, html, htm, js, css, ico, xml, swf, gif, jpg, jpeg, bmp, png, aif, aifc, aiff, asf, asx, au, avi, class, flv, m1v, m3u, mid, midi, mov, mp2, mp2v, mp3, mpa,  mpe, mpeg, mpg, mpv2, mvr, rm, rma, rmi, rmv, snd, wav, wax, wm, wma, wmp, wmv, wmx, wvx, doc, docx, pdf, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx.
  • It will only allow uploads of files with sizes of 100 megabytes or less.
  • It takes into account your website's storage limitations.  If you're over the limit, it won't let you upload anything.
  • It will not let you delete files from any special directories.  For instance, when you attach a file to a blog post, it gets stored in the system as /Blog/<contentID>/<filename>.  Since these directories have special meanings you can't touch 'em.  You can download from them, however.
  • You can create and upload to any directories you want outside the special directories.
  • The templates directory is NOT marked as a special directory.  There will be complete freedom in this directory to add/delete files.  This will enable you to directly edit your templates and designs in Dreamweaver.

    Experiencing Problems?

    When you try to connect to the FTP server you get one of the following error messages: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it. Connection closed. Connection timeout. No response from server.

    Causes/Solutions

    FTP server settings

    The error is occurring because there is no server listening at the host name and port you entered. Check that you have specified the correct host and port.  Port 21 is the default FTP port. 

    Software/Personal Firewall Settings

    Another common reason is that a firewall software (Microsoft OneCare, McAfee Total Protection, Norton Internet Security, etc) running on your system is stopping your FTP client from making outgoing connections. To fix this problem add your FTP client to the list of allowed applications in your firewall software.

    Multiple Software/Personal Firewalls

    If you have Windows XP firewall enabled and a third party firewall software (e.g. McAfee Total Protection, etc.) installed, disable the Windows XP firewall or uninstall the third party firewall software. There are known problems with having both firewall applications running at the same time.

    Anti-virus Software

    If you are running anti-virus software and having strange problems connecting, disable the "Worm protection" in Norton Anti-virus. If McAfee VirusScan is installed and the "Spyware Plugin" is enabled, go to McAfee VirusScan Console and uncheck the "Prevent FTP outbound" option in the "Port Blocking" dialog of the "Access Protection Properties".  You also might need to add your FTP client to the exception list.

    LSP Layer

    Software firewall applications and other utilities hook into the LSP layers of Winsock. If the hook is not properly written, connection attempts may fail under certain situations.

    The solution is to identify and update the application causing the problem. Spyware and adware are known to hook into the LSP layers as well. To remove them install and run Ad-Aware. To manually remove LSP hooks install the LSP Explorer add-on for Ad-Aware. This procedure is recommended for experienced users only. It's easy to break the system.

    Router Firmware

    This is an unlikely case but a buggy router firmware may cause exactly the problem described above (e.g. Linksys). To fix it update the firmware of your router. You can usually update the router firmware in the router web administration interface or visit the manufacturer's website for router updates and further information.