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ID #9

How do I upload and edit my files?

Applies to: Grid System

You can upload your files through ftp or edit them on the server using SSH. If your FTP client application supports SFTP, we highly recommend you connect to our server using this method, as it is more secure than plain FTP. What you'll need:

  1. Your account username and password that your created at sign-up.

  2. If you have lost your username or password, go here.

  3. FTP information:

  4. Connect to:
    Server Directory: /htdocs/www/

You can also edit your files with SSH, rather than FTP.

SSH information:

Connect to:



Modwest now offers an alternative solution through AjaXplorer, which can be installed through your Modwest Onsite control panel. NOTE: Ajaxplorer requires PHP 5, if you are using an ealier version of PHP, contact us about an upgrade.

AjaXplorer offers all the functionality of an FTP client directly through your browser, to install this handy application:

Simply log in at

Under the 'Other Tools' heading, select ' Autoinstall Common Applications '

In the autoinstall form, select 'AjaXplorer' from the other applications available.

Verify that destination for your installation is not already in use. (By default

Click Install,


You will now be provided with a url, a password, and username all specific to AjaXplorer and will need to log into the application to complete the installation process.

A good ftp program is's WS_FTP LE. makes pretty good FTP, SSH, and Telnet clients too. Make sure that you are uploading your web pages into your /htdocs/www/ directory so the webserver will serve them.

Last update: 2011-03-23 14:50
Author: FAQ Admin
Revision: 1.5

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Comment of Anonymous:
You can also use scp from either your local Linux box or use WinSCP ( for secure file transfer.
Added at: 2002-04-16 09:43

Comment of Anonymous:
Mac users will find that Captain FTP works quite well.

Also the ftp program found in your terminal in OSX is fine if you're on the cheap.
Added at: 2003-09-28 00:45

Comment of Anonymous:
It is the best FTP program on Mac. In 3.0 version you can copy files from server to server. It is great!!! :)
Added at: 2003-10-03 06:55

Comment of Anonymous:
Another excellent FTP client (and server) is the open source Filezilla.
Added at: 2005-05-01 18:45

Comment of Anonymous:
You might try the free ftp client for OS X: Cyberduck (
Added at: 2006-02-19 08:40

Comment of Anonymous:
Because FTP passes your username & password in plain text, it is highly recommended that you configure your FTP client application to connect to Modwest's FTP server via the 'SFTP' method, instead of plain 'FTP'.
Added at: 2009-08-13 16:45