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Uploading Files - Introduction

The information in this Web site is intended for Web publishers at The University of Texas at Austin, and more specifically publishers on www.utexas.edu. The programs described will work with other Web servers, but the settings will probably differ. Always check with the administrator of your Web server for detailed information about uploading files.

Most Web publishers create pages on their local PC or Macintosh. After the pages are created, you must upload them to the Web server so the pages will be visible to the world (that's the whole point of Web publishing). The most common way of uploading files is using a program called a file transfer or FTP client. Historically, Fetch and WS_FTP have been the two most popular FTP clients at The University of Texas at Austin. While these programs are easy to use, they transmit login credentials (username and password) unencrypted across the network.

Rather than use these non-secure programs, ITS recommends Web publishers use either:

  • SSH Secure File Transfer for Windows
  • Fugu for Macinotsh

Both of these programs are installed on many lab computers around campus and are also available in BevoWare distributed from ITS.

In addition to letting you transfer files directly, both of these programs also enable you to create a secure tunnel that FTP clients like WS_FTP, Fetch, and Dreamweaver can use to transmit your username and password securely.

Other programs also support secure file transfer if you don't like Fugu or SSSH. These include:

These are not free programs but some people prefer them to the free programs on Bevoware.

If you are publishing Web pages on a departmental server, check with the server administrator to see if they recommend other ways to publish pages. For example, some departments create folders on Macintosh or Windows NT servers, and publishers simply drag their pages to the designated folder.


  Updated 2006 January 17
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