FTP is software that allows you to easily transfer files . Transfer means "make a copy of". If you transfer a file from your computer to Rice, you are transferring, or copying, the file from your computer to the girltech computer. Two copies of the file exist: the one on your computer and the one on girltech.cs.rice.edu.
Transferring does not destroy a file unless a copy already exists in the place you are transferring to. The new copy may overwrite the old one. Most FTP software will alert you and ask if you really want to do that.
The FTP program that runs on your computer is the FTP "client". The client program tells the server program what processes are to be performed. The client software allows you to control what the girltech.cs.rice.edu server is to perform.
The Rice computer,
girltech.cs.rice.edu is called a "server" because it serves you by performing
whatever file transfer actions your client FTP program demands.
1. Double click the FTP icon on your desktop
2. Go to the File Manager, select programs, double click on the FTP program.
Minimize the window and click on the WS_FTP icon to open the profile window
Any name you choose
On the left you see the initial directory of your home computer hard drive.
The upper grey scrolling window, or directory listbox, shows the drives and directories available to you.
The lower scrolling window is a listbox showing the files within that selected directory. The picture shows the directory of Slip on the hard drive.
Double clicking on the space above the dotted line will open the Directory of the C drive.
The window on the right shows you the directories accessible to you on the girltech. server. The grey scrolling window shows where you are in the server directory.
(By clicking on any directory in the top scrolling window you can display the contents in the lower scrolling listbox. )
By double clicking on the space above the dotted line, you can navigate up one directory level on the girltech server.
The left top window shows the C drive directory of the home computer.
The right top window shows the directories on the server.
Find the folder on your C drive that contains your web pages to be transferred.
Double click. The files should be listed in the left bottom list box. You are now ready to transfer a file.
Select the file in the file listbox that you want to transfer.
Click on the right pointing arrow.