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Seattle Central has a server named 'Edison' which is where student web pages reside. Part of your school fee allows you to store 20MB of files in server space on the 'Edison' server.

Below are directions for installing FileZilla, a free FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program for uploading your files to your school server space, so your web pages can be viewed.

You will be able to access your server space 2 business days after you have paid for classes for the quarter. To find out if your server space is active go to the following web site:


Select a link for the first letter of your last name, and look for your name on the list of student web pages. If you do NOT see your name, your server space has not yet been activated.

If it has been over 3 business days since you paid for your class, I would go to registration to report this.

Assuming you find your default blue web page, go to the filezilla page:


Download the .exe file for Windows (if applicable), and prepare to install it.

FILEZILLA INSTALLATION: The installation for FileZilla is straightforward except for the following item:

SECURE MODE: When installing Filezilla, it will ask if you wish to use 'secure mode'. This is important. Secure mode will prevent anyone from storing a password in FileZilla. This is great for multi-user machines like at school.

FILEZILLA SETUP: First setup FileZilla to recognize the edison server.

Open the FileZilla program, and select:


Instantly you can type a "name" of the FTP server. This allows you to easily distinguish multiple servers on your Filezilla program. I suggest typing ' Edison'. When you are done typing, press ENTER.

(NOTE: You can always rename this later by selecting the icon for the specific server and clicking RENAME)

Next, enter the domain name of the server by clicking in the textbox named ' Host'. Type in:


(Note: your specific username or folder is NOT entered here!)

For 'Servertype' select: FTP

(This is the default).

For 'Logontype' select: 'Normal'

For 'Username' type in your SCCC campus network login. (This is the login you use to access computers at SCCC. Our example will be a fake student whose login is "horsey01".)

For 'Password' type in the last 6 digits of your SID (This is you SCCC campus network password. You use this as the password to login to the computers at SCCC).

(Note: If you are unable to store your password, you will be promted to enter it later)


(Note: This is specific to SCCC's edison server at this time. If you are connecting to a different server, try "active", "passive" or "default" as many servers handle this differently)

Select SAVE & EXIT.

CONNECTING TO EDISON VIA FILEZILLA: Assuming you created a server 'icon' named 'Edison', you can select the icon and select CONNECT.

If you were unable to store the password, you will be prompted to enter it.

After 20 seconds or so (yes, it takes a while) you will see LOCAL SITE on the left (representing the file system on your computer) and REMOTE SITE on the right (representing the file system of your server space.

FILE LOCATIONS ON EDISON: If you have never connected to your server space on edison, you will likely see a single web page in your server space named: ' index.php'.

This is the default 'blue' web page you often see when you view student web pages:


Once you have created your own web page, you wil want to replace the default page. The default page you want to delete is named 'index.php'. You can either name your new default page with the same name, and upload your version on top of it (wiping out the old file) or You can name your new default page 'index.htm' or 'index.html'. If you do this, DELETE the original 'index.php' page, so it will no longer show up.

To delete a file in Filezilla, you can right click on the file, and choose DELETE.

To upload/download a file, right click on the file and select UPLOAD or DOWNLOAD.

(Note: UPLOADING is moving a file from your local comuter on the left, to the server space on the right. DOWNLOADING a file is the opposite, moving a file from the server space on the right, to your local computer on the left. Be careful, because if you mix the two up, you could overwrite your new file!! MORAL OF THE STORY: Always BACKUP your important files, and keep a copy out of harm's way!! REMEMBER: We very rarely need to download, as we do our work locally. You will be prompted by FileZilla when it is about to overwrite files. Watch for this!)

Once your file is uploaded, go to a browser to see if it is visible. If you have created a default page in your server space, you can go back to the student services web page:


There you can look for your name again, and see if you now find your new page. Once your new page is visible, you can click once on the address in the address bar, and click Ctrl + c to copy the address, and use it to update your profile on the class website.

Here is a sample 'root' folder of our fake student's server space:


Note the default file ('index.html', 'index.htm' or 'index.php') does not need to be specified in this web address. If no page is entered in the address field of the browser, the default page will be produced for the browser. This is true of ALL folders in your server space. You could have a different default page (index) for each folder in your server space.

If you have several classes, you may wish to create a new folder in your server space, for example, 'web150' for this class. If you put a default page in that folder, your new address for this class would be:


Then this would be the address to place in your MY PROFILE form on the class website.


* Filezilla remembers what directories you had open last on each server, which is very nice!

* TO UPLOAD, I like to hold down the Ctrl + click each file to select files, then right click on the set of files (or file) and select UPLOAD.

* OPEN FILES IN YOUR DEFAULT PROGRAM : You can work on your files in the default program for a file extension by right clicking on a file in the left pane (Local Site) and select OPEN.

* VIEW/EDIT FILES WITH MULTIPLE PROGRAMS: You can ALSO set up a DIFFERENT program to open by configuring special programs to open for each file extension. When this has been done, I can now right click on a file and choose VIEW/EDIT, which for me brings up a DIFFERENT program in which to edit the file.

The advantage is I can now right click on the file and select OPEN and open the file in Crimson, for example, or instead choose VIEW/EDIT and open the file in Dreamweaver.

To configure the file types to open in different programs for VIEW/EDIT, select:


Follow the directions for cooresponding a file extension with a particular program.

* SAVE SERVER SETTINGS: You can move all your server info between computers by selecting:


And move the XML file with all your server information to another computer. (You would import the settings to the other computer in a similar way.)

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