Configuring Cute FTP
Based on version 4.2
Please note that there
are a number of older and current versions of Cute
FTP floating around. As a result, some of the
instructions provided here cannot possibly reflect
all the versions, which have been released in the
past 5 years. The only small difference you may
encounter is where some of the options can be found
(depending on the client version you're using). In
any event, everything is pretty well much the same.
Let's get started:
1. Open Cute FTP
2. Select "File"
3. Select "Site Manager"
4. Select "New"
Options you'll see:
- Label for site: Enter
a name for this account. For example,
"My Root Account."
- FTP Host Address:
- FTP Site Username: Your main
system login name
- FTP Site Password: Your main
- FTP Site Connection: Port:
- Login Type: Normal
Notes About Cute FTP:
There are a few advanced features you may want to be
aware of. These features may need to be enabled if
you're having problems accessing your site via an
FTP client. The following will explain:
Trouble accessing your site via FTP:
This can sometimes occur if your accessing the
Internet from behind a firewall, personal router, or
using an Internet connection sharing system such as
NAT (Network Address Translation). This is often a
classic case scenario in a home or small office
where several computers are being shared by one
Internet connection. Symptoms include, difficulty
logging in via FTP, and or maintaining a reliable
upload or download session.
Use Passive Mode instead:
From your FTP main interface, select:
1. Edit (from
the main dropdown menus)
A dialog box called "Settings" now appears. Select:
This opens the Connection/Firewall dialog box:
5. Check the box that says "PASV
6. Click OK
Don't touch any of the other settings
Ignore all other
settings you see here except for the "PASV_mode"
Give it a try and see how it works. If you're still
having problems, you should contact your ISP to see
if they can make the necessary changes required for
you to access your site via FTP. There are a vast
number of network configurations ISP's sometimes
use, and some of which that can cause problems for
users wanting to access the web beyond that of a
How to view all files in your account (For Advanced Users).
Advanced users may want ability to view "all hidden"
files in their directories. While most of these are
critical system files, there are a few, which can be
manually edited by "Advanced Users." This is done by
inserting an entry into the "File Masking" feature
in the client.
Unmasking Hidden Files:
1. Open Cute FTP
2. Go to the site manager
3. Select your account
4. Select "Edit"
A dialog box opens
called "Site Properties":
1. Check the "Enable Filter"
2. Click the "Filter" button
3. Check the " Enable Remote
Filters (Server Applied Filer) " box
4. In the "Remote Filter" window, type this command -a
5. Click ok
The -a command will unmask "all" files in your web
NEVER REMOVE OR ALTER FILES, WHICH HAVE BEEN CREATED
BY THE SERVER or C-Panel!! Unless you're an
advanced user, please leave all files that have been
created by the system alone! Doing otherwise could
cause serious problems with your account, and in
some cases take it offline completely. When in doubt
"ASK", do not Delete!
Setting Up WSFTP