How to Configure FileZilla Client

September 20, 2022Read time:6 min read

If you’re looking for a way to configure FileZilla, you’re in the right place. Keep on scrolling and learn how to use FileZilla FTP client so you can easily manage your web files.

While FileZilla is quite easy to understand, it can be a little bit confusing for beginners. Not to worry — you can connect your webserver to FileZilla in these three easy steps. Let’s take a look!

1. Collecting FTP Details

First thing first, you need to gather the FTP details of your hosting account. For Motherhost users, the information is located in the Plesk Panel under Websites & Domains – FTP Accounts.

You will find your FTP hostname, username, and port. If you don’t know the password to the FTP account, reset it by pressing the Change account password button.

In case you need a new account for some reason, simply scroll down and Create a New FTP Account.

2. Adding a Site to FileZilla Site Manager

Open FileZilla and access Site Manager. You can do so by going to the File menu or pressing CTRL+S (CMD+S on macOS).

Once the Site Manager window pops up, click New Site and fill in the columns with your FTP details. Here’s a short explanation of each line:

  • Protocol — protocol for exchanging files over any network. Select FTP – File Transfer Protocol
  • Host — in most cases, you can use your domain as the host by writing
  • Port — the FTP server data port. The default port is 21, but this field is not mandatory.
  • Encryption — the way your data will be encrypted. Most web hosting providers recommend using Only use plain FTP (insecure) option because other methods require certificates and other configurations. Luckily, Motherhost supports only secure mode, so you can choose the Use explicit FTP over TLS if available option.
  • Logon — the type of login that will take place. Choose Normal.
  • User — your FTP username.
  • Password — your FTP password.

Keep in mind that if your domain is not pointing to your host, the hostname will not work. If that’s the case, use the server IP that is specified in FTP Accounts.

3. Connecting to the FTP Server

Once you have filled all of the required information, scroll down and click Connect.

If you set the Encryption as Use explicit FTP over TLS if available

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