Backing up your Website files using FTP

The below step by step instructions will show you how you can create a backup of the files on your server using the File Transfer Protocol.

This article will explain how you can make a FTP backup of your files.

You will need an FTP client software like Filezila to make download a local copy of your files for backup.

To connect to your site by FTP, you will need to configure an FTP client with the following information:

FTP Host:

Username: The domain account username

Password: The domain account password

The initial working directory, port number and all other configuration options should be left at their defaults.

Before you begin, you will need:

  • A 123 Reg hosting package
  • Your FTP server/host name
  • Your FTP username
  • Your FTP password
  • An FTP client, e.g. Filezilla, Smart FTP, BulletProof FTP or the Firefox browser add-on FireFTP.

Please Note: Your FTP server name, username and password can be found in your Hosting welcome email.

The following example uses Filezilla, a free FTP client

Step 1 of 5

Open FileZilla and click on the Site Manager icon on the toolbar. This will open the Site Manager.

Step 2 of 5

Click the New Site button. This will allow you to create a new site profile.

Step 3 of 5

Enter a name for the new site and press the Enter key. Ensure that you pick a relevant namem, as this will help you to distinguish it from any other FTP site you may add later on.

Next you will need to add the host, also known as the host name. This can be found in the email which was sent to you on sign-up. The FTP port is port 21. Please do not change this.

Leave the Server type as FTP and ensure the Logon type is set to Normal.

Type in your FTP Username and Password. These are case sensitive, so please be careful when typing.

Click the Save and Exit button.

Step 4 of 5

To start the FTP connection, click on the Site Manager icon, then click on the site you have just created, and lastly click on the Connect button.

Step 5 of 5

You are now connected to your hosted site and can make copies of all your sites files.