2. Using FileZilla to upload a slide show to a Web server
Note: This tutorial is provided for informational purposes only. Your Web hosting company is the best source of help in publishing your slide show files. Soundslides, LLC is not affiliated with the FileZilla project, and does not provide support for issues you may encounter while using FileZilla or other FTP applications.
To upload your slide show to your Web server, you will need an FTP client, which is the software on your computer that connects to the server and copies the files.
FileZilla is a free, open-source FTP client for Mac OS X and Windows. It can be downloaded here. Most of the instructions here can be applied to other FTP clients as well.
Before you upload
Before you can upload a slide show using FileZilla, you will need to export your project from Soundslides or Soundslides Plus (for more information, click here).
Connecting to an FTP server
To connect to an FTP server, enter the address of the server in the "Host" box of the Quickconnect bar. Your Web hosting company should provide this information to you.
If your Web server requires a username and password, enter them in the corresponding boxes. You do not need to enter a port number unless your web hosting company specifies a particular port.
In the hypothetical example below, the address of the server is "mysite.com" and the user name is simply "user."
Click on the "Quickconnect" button to connect to the server.
Navigating the Web server
After FileZilla connects to the Web server, a list of files and folders will appear on the right side of the FileZilla window. The folder you have open is listed in the box on top. In the box below that, you will see the folder's contents.
In the example below, the folder "Public HTML" is open. This is the main Web publication folder for this particular server, and any file placed in this folder will appear online. Your Web hosting company will be able to provide you with the name of your main publication folder. It will often be named "webroot," "www," "Public HTML," "public_html" or "HTML."
You will also notice a folder called ".." displayed in virtually all of the folders on your Web server. Clicking this allows you to go up one level to the parent folder of the one you currently have open.
Navigating your computer
Navigating your computer is similar to navigating the server. A list of files and folders will appear on the left side of the FileZilla window. The folder you have open is listed in the box on top. In the box below that, you will see the folder's contents.
In the example below, a Soundslides or Soundslides Plus project folder called "Rain_in_Spain" is open, and you can see the "publish_to_web" folder created by Soundslides or Soundslides Plus inside it.
Uploading your slide show
You will now need to simply drag the "publish_to_web" folder from the lower-left box (your computer) and drop it into the lower-right box (the Web server). FileZilla will take a few moments to copy all of the files and folders, and the "publish_to_web" folder will appear in the box on the right.
You have now successfully uploaded your project to your Web server.
In the example above, the URL to view your project in a Web browser would be "http://www.mysite.com/publish_to_web." You can also now rename the "publish_to_web" folder to whatever you want to call it by right-clicking on it (Ctrl+click on a single-button mouse) in the lower-right box and selecting "Rename."
Note: Some Web server are case-sensitive, so "slideshow" is not the same as "SlideShow."