How to upload website files to a Cpanel account
Having completed creating your website locally arises then need to host the website.
After purchase of domain name and hosting account, this tutorial becomes crucial
There are possibly two situations
a.) A website with no database
b.) A database driven Website
a.) Hosting a no database website
This could be a purely HTML site or even php.
It is the simplest website to host.
There are two ways of uploading the website files to a hosting account
- Mass Upload using File Manager
- FTP upload using FTP Client
1.Mass Upload Using File Manager.
Zip your website files – make sure you use .zip extension i.e mywebsitefiles.zip
From your browser access the hosting account that you already purchased.
i.e after your domain url put /cpanel and load it.
Login with username and password provide from TrueHost
A successful login takes to the Cpanel (control panel) area.
Click on the ‘File Manager’ icon
Make sure it leads you to the public_html or www directory
If it leads you to another directory like home, click on public_html or www links to go the public_html or www directory.
Click on ‘Upload’ link
Browse the location of mywebsitefiles.zip
Select mywebsitefiles.zip to start upload.
When upload is complete, click on go back to /home/username/public_html (username is your Cpanel username) link to go back to public_html or www directory
Among other folder or files in the directory there is mywebsitefiles.zip
Right click on it and select’ Extract’ option
Content of files are extracted to a mywebsitefiles folder
Double click on the mywebsitefiles folder to open it
Select all the files
Click on the button / menu link ‘Move’
Choose the correct directory to move your files to i.e /home/username/public_html
(by just removing the /mywebsitefiles from the already provided path )
Click ‘ok’/ ‘move’ to move them
Click ‘up one level’ to go to the public_html or www directory
You may delete the empty folder mywebsitefiles and mywebsitefiles.zip
You are now up and live. –congratulation
- FTP upload using FTP Client
Open a FTP client software like FileZilla (if already installed, download for free and install if not) from your computing device
Login with credentials provided
Username: your Cpanel username
Password: your Cpanel username
The click Quickconnect button
It will open your hosting account on the ‘Remote Site’ panel – on the right side
Click on public_html or www folder to go to the public_html directory
On the left panel is the location of website on your computer yourwebsitefiles
Make sure on the left panel you can see your website files and folders
Use Ctrl+A or otherwise to select all your website files,
Right click on them and choose the option ‘upload’
Upload of files start, if it times out choose an option Resume to upload files in the queue incrementally
When you see directory listing successful – disconnected from the server.
Bingo! You are up and live – congratulation
b.) Hosting a database Driven Website