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Lesson 4 – Part 3 – Download Files from your Domain

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In this part of the lesson we will connect the file structure on your website and download files from your domain to your local machine. Go to the upper left hand corner and click File, Site manager, select the site that we set up, which in my case is byobtutorial, and hit Connect.  See it says the director listing was successful.  Let’s go over here to the right hand side and open up the root directory.  Go down to public_html and select it.  Under public_html we’re going to open up wp-content and these are the things that we are going to download back to our local machine.

Open wp_content Folder

We want to go to the location on the local machine where we set up your local file structure which in this case was under Rick, My business websites.  Remember we built graphics, text and WordPress.  Under WordPress we’re going to go down to wp-content.  Open up wp-content and select that folder. Now what you see here is the folder plugins, themes which relates to the folder plugins, and the folder themes over here on your domain file structure.

Synchronize Both Local and Website (Domain) File Structure

Our ultimate goal is to coordinate or synchronize both file structures so that they’re always the same.  So that when we make changes to this one we can automatically upload it over here and those changes are automatically reflected in the domain.  We will start that by actually taking what’s already been installed and downloading it back but from this point on most of the downloading will be in this direction.

Download Website Files to Your Local File System

First, take this index.php and select it.  We’ll right click and hit Download.  And you can see index.php has been downloaded here.  Then we’ll select plugins, right click, Download.

There are a lot more files over here that we’re downloading If we open up the plugins folder you can see that it has information in it whereas before it didn’t.   And it has the same information as the other one does.  Let’s go back up a level.  If you double-click on this icon it takes you back up a level.  We’ll start here.  Again, wp-content, then right click or select themes, right click and download that.

Down here on the bottom it tells you how many files have been transferred — successfully transferred 43.  If you double-click on themes you’ll see both the classic and default themes; we’ll be adding more themes to these in future lessons. That concludes our download website files to your local file system lesson.

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6 Comments… add one
6 comments… add one
  • Niels April 23, 2010, 4:53 am

    Hey Rick
    My name is Niels from Australia. I just had to commend you for these lessons. They are by far the most accurate and detailed instruction I have come across. I have been doing this Internet stuff for three years now and have seen a lot of tutorials and for some reason everyone else out there assumes that they don’t need to teach this and if they do it is nowhere near as coherient and detailed as this.
    And this bit about syncronizing FileZilla is a God sent for me.
    At the moment I’m trying to learn how to customize themes and apperance with Thesis and have had backup files in different places on my local machine trying to modify, refresh – upload and before you know it can become quite a challenge to keep track of. This is going to safe me a lot of time and headache.
    Good on you mate. Look forward to the rest of the lessons.

    • Rick Anderson April 23, 2010, 5:56 am

      Neils, I’m glad you’re finding them useful. Feel free to suggest other topics for tutorials. Especially on the topic of customizing Thesis. I do take requests.

  • Justin May 30, 2010, 9:17 am

    Hi Rick , just wanted to say that i agree with the above statement , your explanations are the most concise and clear i have seen .
    You have been a great help and i want to thank you so so much.
    I do have a little question regarding the synchronizing local to your domain, you make a copy of the site wp-content i loaded thesis in blog under the public_html, in that case would i need to copy over the wp-content under that subfolder? thank you so much again

    • Rick Anderson May 30, 2010, 11:06 am

      Justin – when synchronizing you would set your remote location to be /blog/wp-content/. You wouldn’t want to move wp-content. This will work for subdomains as well. I have around 15 subdomains with this hosting account at Blue Host and each subdomain is in a directory in the root. When I set up ftp synchronizing for them I set the remote location to be /subdomain-name/wp-content.

      • Rick Anderson May 30, 2010, 11:06 am

        In a few days I’ll have a forum set up on the site so that it is easier to ask questions like this.

  • Justin May 30, 2010, 1:54 pm

    Thank you so much, makes alot of sense now.
    Just to let you know that anyone who has come up with any problems or is starting out could not find a better resource then this site, genuinely , i have looked.
    So keep up the great quality and standard it is being appreciated and noticed.
    All the best

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