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  From the February 2015 Issue of Prestwood eMag
Design Website Hosting:
Anonymous FTP Access
Posted 16 years ago on 3/20/2003
Take Away: How to allow anonymous FTP on your Prestwood hosting account.


Virtual domain account users can allow anonymous FTP access to visitors wishing to download or upload files to your web site as if you were running your own FTP server.

You can enable (and disable) ANON FTP access within Edit Account Information within your account Control Panel. Just check (or uncheck) the check box labeled "Anonymous FTP Enabled".

*** Important Points***


By default, all files and directories within your account are set to public read access ON. As such, enabling ANON FTP will allow access to ALL files within your account. You can inhibit access to specific files and directories using the File Manager by disabling public read and/or write access to the files or folders you don't want people to see (ie. cgi-local).

Disk Space

If you are going to allow people to upload files to your site, make sure you keep track of your disk space usage via your Control Panel. Do not allow your disk space usage to get too close to your maximum disk space allocation or you may experience problems accessing your site via FrontPage and/or be unable to upload or modify files. You may purchase additional disk space if necessary for $1/MB/mo. in 5MB blocks.

Data Transfer

You are responsible for all data transfer to or from your web site via anonymous FTP. You can monitor your data transfer usage via your Control Panel under "View your web usage statistics & logs". You can also have our servers perform certain actions when your data transfer exceeds a pre-defined limit that you can specify. In your "Edit Account Information screen look for the following section:

Once you enable ANON FTP in Account Settings within your Control Panel, files can be accessed anonymously via FTP client or by using the following URL format:

Anonymous visitors wishing to access your site via FTP client (e.g. wsftp) must use your domain name as the FTP hostname, userid of anonymous and password of guest.

How to set a custom "Anonymous FTP Welcome Message"

When setting up anonymous ftp access to an account, you can set up a welcome message for people browsing the site with a web browser. You can easily accomplish this by following these instructions:

  1. Create a text file called welcome.msg
    (Must be in lower case characters.)
  2. Place your greeting message into the file and save the file.
  3. Upload the welcome.msg file to the root directory.
    (Transfer in ASCII format)
  4. Now set anonymous FTP active for your account.
    (See this page for instructions)

Please be sure to set directory permissions for the appropriate directories.


This will only work when you link to one directory. If you link to another directory after the initial directory the message will not be displayed. But it will be displayed if you come back to the original directory.


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