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Connect to Your Webspace via FTP Using WinSCP

For Hosting and 1&1 Managed Server packages.

Use the steps below to connect to your shared hosting webspace (or storage space) via SFTP, FTPS or FTP(insecure) using WinSCP. The reference images provided reflect WinSCP 4.3.5 on a Windows operating system.

WinSCP is a free FTP program (also called an FTP client) that allows you to upload, download, and change permissions of files you keep in the webspace of your 1&1 package. FTP is insecure in that it transmits your password in plain text. The good news is that WinSCP supports SFTP and FTPS and you can use these secure versions of FTP to transfer your files.

Step 1
You will need to download the installation package of WinSCP and install it before you can continue with the remaining steps. WinSCP is completely free but only works on Windows. The installation instructions are not covered in this article but should be easy to follow.
Step 2
Launch the WinSCP program either from you Windows Desktop or Start menu. Enter the following information:

SFTP for Linux packages

Field Data
Host name The subdomain is found in the 1&1 Control Center
Port number 22
User name FTP username from the 1&1 Control Panel
Password FTP password set in the 1&1 Control Panel
File protocol SFTP
Login window
Login window

FTPS for Windows packages

Field Data
Host name The subdomain is found in the 1&1 Control Center
Port number 990
User name FTP username from the 1&1 Control Panel
Password FTP password set in the 1&1 Control Panel
File protocol FTP - SSL/TLS Implicit encryption
Login window
Login window

Plain FTP for any package (insecure)

Field Data
Host name The subdomain is found in the 1&1 Control Center
Port number 21
User name FTP username from the 1&1 Control Panel
Password FTP password set in the 1&1 Control Panel
File protocol FTP - No encryption
Login window
Login window

To Save the FTP information so you do not have to enter it every time you connect, click the Save button.
Step 3
Choose a name to save the connection information as and then click the OK button. OK button highlighted in WinSCP window
OK button highlighted in WinSCP window
Step 4
Once saved, click the Login button. Login button highlighted in WinSCP window
Login button highlighted in WinSCP window
Step 5
The server will send a secure fingerprint in order to encrypt the data transferred. Click the Yes button to accept it. Yes button highlighted in WinSCP window
Yes button highlighted in WinSCP window
Step 6
If it was not saved in the configuration, enter your password and then click the OK button. OK button highlighted in WinSCP window
OK button highlighted in WinSCP window
Step 7
Once connected, You should now be able to begin transferring files. To upload, select files from the left-hand side of the windows and drag them to the right-hand side of the menu. Let go of your mouse button to "drop" the files on the right-hand side to upload them. WinSCP window after successful connection
WinSCP window after successful connection

The FTP connection will be saved, allowing you to access your webspace quickl and easily the next time you open WinSCP.

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