FileZilla FTP image uploads
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a popular method of uploading large numbers of images to Sirv. There are many FTP programs available, of which FileZilla is the most widely used.
FileZilla is a free FTP program. This open source software is easy to configure and can be used on Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux. The tutorial below includes step-by-step screenshots of how to upload images with FileZilla.
1. Get connected
1.1 Download FileZilla and install it.
1.2 Open FileZilla and go to File > Site Manager.
1.3 Select the “New Site” button and rename the site as you wish (e.g. Sirv)
- Host: ftp.sirv.com
- Encryption: Only use plain FTP (insecure).
- Logon Type: Normal
- User: Your email address
- Password: Your Sirv password
1.5 Then click “Connect“.
1.6 When FileZilla connects to your Sirv account, you will see your directory listing in the right-hand pane of FileZilla.
Your details are now saved in FileZilla. The next time you want to connect to the Sirv server using FileZilla, simply go to Site Manager -> Select your “Site” -> click “Connect”.
2. Upload images with FileZilla
2.1 In the left-hand pane containing your local files, browse through your drive to find the images or folders you wish to upload.
2.2 In the right-hand pane, open the folder on your Sirv account where you wish to upload your spin to. Drag and drop your image(s) from the left-hand pane to the right pane to upload images with FileZilla. Or to save even more time, simply double click on the file you want to upload and the file will transfer to the open remote folder automatically.
You can also right-click on the chosen images and select “Upload”.
2.2.1 If you need to create a new folder to store your files in. Simply right-click anywhere in the remote site pane and select “Create directory”.
2.2.2 Then give your new folder a name.
2.3 FileZilla will display the progress of your uploads near the bottom of the window. Here we have uploaded an image named: “sirv-filezilla-right-click-upload.png”.
2.4 After you upload images with FileZilla, you can close the program. If you prefer to disconnect from your Sirv account, go to “Server” and select “Disconnect“.
3. Resuming downloads after disconnection
If you’re uploading huge files, or if your network connection is unstable, you can reduce the possibility of broken uploads. FileZilla supports the APPE command (append), so if your connection breaks while you’re uploading images with FileZilla, APPE will carry on from where it left off once you reconnect.
To use APPE in FileZilla:
3.1 Go to Edit > Settings.
3.2 Under the “Transfers” settings, select “File exists action”, then in the “Uploads” drop down box, select Resume file transfer:
3.3 If your images do not fully upload, there are alternative ways to re-upload images.
- Reupload any partially uploaded images and Sirv will reprocess them.
- Zip the images and upload them all in one go.
4. Upload to another Sirv account
If you’re managing multiple Sirv accounts, you can upload images with FileZilla into another account by using your Sirv email and password and then appending your account name to your email address like below:
Other upload methods
As well as FTP, Sirv offers these upload methods:
- S3 – a secure and reliable way of transferring files, consider using S3 with Cyberduck.
- Sirv website – for convenience, just drag and drop files into your Sirv account through your web browser. Chrome is the best browser for this because it supports folder uploading. To upload folders through other browsers, zip them up first.