Open WS FTP by double-clicking on its icon or pulling it up from the Start Menu. The Session Profile dialog box will appear on top of the WS FTP window. Similar to a bookmark on a web browser, a session profile acts as a shortcut to a system account that you have previously accessed. Profiles can remember your userID, password, and the system you wish to access.
Note: This step only needs to be done once for each profile (each FTP site). If you do not wish to save the session, you will have to reenter the information each time you open WS FTP. You should only save a session if you are the only user of your computer.
Steps 5 & 6:
You should only save the session (your password) if you are the ONLY user on that computer. In computer labs, for example, do not save your password or session. If you do not save your password, skip steps 5 & 6 and move to step 7.)
Once a session profile has been created and saved, you only have to open a FTP connection and access that profile session. Remember that a saved session contains all the information needed to access a remote system. If you have not saved a session in the past, you must complete all the initial steps to access a remote system (see Starting WS FTP).
You will now be connected to the remote system you selected.
There are two sides to the main window, the local system (on the left) and the remote system (on the right).
The upper boxes display drives and directories available on each system, and the lower boxes list files withinin that displayed drive or directory.
Changing directories on either your local drive (left side of the window) or the remote system (right side):
In the directory boxes, double-click the name of the directory or drive you would like to enter. Clicking on the double-dots (..) will take you up a directory level.
You can also click on the ChgDir button on either side and type the path you would like to enter.
There are two types of transfer options: ASCII, for text transfers, and Binary, for executable programs, images, and other larger files. Click one of the two radio buttons on the bottom of the WS FTP window to designate which transfer option you want.
Checking the "Auto" box will cause WS_FTP to automatically use the transfer option which will best suit your needs.
When you retrieve a file from a remote system, you move it from that system to a file on your local directory.
This procedure is much like you did to retrieve a file, but the file will move in the opposite direction.
Note: The arrow boxes between the remote and local groups of controls indicate the direction of file transfer.
To exit WS FTP, click on the Exit button.