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

  1. Mass Upload using File Manager
  2. 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.

http://www.yourdomain.com/cpanel

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

 

  1. 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

Host: yourdomain.com

Username: your Cpanel username

Password: your Cpanel username

Port: 21

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

 

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