How to FTP to Website Tonight

Technically speaking there is no FTP access into Website Tonight, but depending on exactly what you are trying to do there may be another way.

How to Upload Files and Images to Website Tonight

If you have files that you want people to be able to download (ex. Word documents, PDF’s, music, etc) then first you will need to upload the file(s) to Website Tonight. Website Tonight includes an easy-to-use file upload feature so that you do not need to FTP. The next step is to create a link to the file from one of your pages.

For detailed instructions read, “Creating Download Links in Website Tonight“.

How to FTP a Website Template to Website Tonight

If you have full web pages that were designed outside of Website Tonight then you cannot FTP them and use Website Tonight to manage and edit the files. That means you cannot hire a web designer to build you a custom website, or purchase a web template somewhere online, and use Website Tonight to work on that website. The only exceptions are the templates for sale here on ProSiteTonight.com. All of the custom templates Pro Site Tonight sells are built exclusively for Website Tonight.

See Pro Site Tonight’s custom Website Tonight Templates

Web Designers – How to FTP a Custom Web Design

Website Tonight is not a standard website builder like FrontPage or Dreamweaver which allow you to modify any HTML file. Website Tonight is a template based CMS (content management system). The user starts by selecting a pre-designed template from within Website Tonight then additional HTML is dynamically generated as the user adds and edits content on the template they selected. The user modifies the site using a built-in point-and-click WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”, pronounced “Whiz-E-Wig”), but the WYSIWYG only supports Website Tonight templates.

Ultimately this means FTP access to Website Tonight is blocked, and your client cannot use Website Tonight to manage the web design you built for them. They will need to cancel Website Tonight, get a refund, and purchase standard hosting instead.

Alternatively, you can build your clients website for them using Website Tonight, but you will need to start in Website Tonight because there is no FTP. Website Tonight does allow you to add custom HTML and JavaScript snippets to the content areas, the header, and before the closing body tag. You can also modify the templates default CSS using the Advanced CSS editor. These options allow you to add features (ex. widgets, contact forms, social badges, etc) from outside of Website Tonight and give you a bit of control over the design and layout of the Website Tonight template.

For more information read, “Custom Website Tonight Template Design“.

18 Replies to How to FTP to Website Tonight

  1. Dawn says:

    I have a website tonight website. I would love to be able to transfer the entire site to edit in dreamweaver because my internet is to slow to work on it online. The site is over 50 pages so totally rebuilding it seems overwhelming. Is there a way to save the website tonight site to make it editable with Dreamweaver CS 5.5?

  2. Rick says:

    Thanks so much for this info Kirkland! I have been searching all day for the answer as to why I couldn’t use my FTP program to download a new customers site. I had not done a site hosted by the Go Daddy Website Tonight software. I really do appreciate your explanation of the issue. I am surprised by some of the above comments when you were the only useful source of info I could find. Thanks so much!!!

  3. Budims says:

    Kirk,

    I was trying to gain access to their server ip and perhaps build an aspx page from the website tonight to gain access to their root directory. Website tonight only gave you template choice html backend. Sadly I was not able to perform aspx coding on their cms and this is a real pain that website tonight put so tight security control on their platform. Nice articles and appreciate the insights.

  4. Mike says:

    Wow, I’ve been struggling with this for about two weeks. I have a mobile website that sort of imitates my still under construction site on Website Tonight. By the way, I’m totally no techie.

    The problem I’m having is that the contact form on the mobile site does not work. It’s the same form as the one on Website Tonight.

    The mobile website was automatically generated by one of the companies that does that sort of thing.

    How can I get my mobile website form to work with my Website Tonight form…or can I?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Kirkland says:

      If your mobile site is automatically generated by a third party then their technology probably doesn’t know how to handle a Website Tonight contact form. I recommend talking to your Website Tonight provider about building a mobile site.

      Good Luck
      ~ Kirkland

  5. Loretta says:

    Thanks for the information. It’s just what I needed. My client is only comfortable updating Website Tonight, so that’s what they will get. It is easier for people to use who don’t know code. I like the way you broke down the information; short and to the point. I get annoyed when I have to read the entire history on something before my question is answered. Love the way your site is laid out. Thanks again.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hey I liked your article. I inherited a website and some crabby designers at work who wanted all my FTP info for website tonight because apparently it’s not good enough for them and they want to use a different CMS. I scoured all the docs left by my previous job holder and found nothing, then started to wonder if she ever had it to begin with. Now I know she doesn’t, and could never have had it. At any rate, this saved some frustration on my part looking for logins that don’t exist, and I’ll be on the phone with GoDaddy bright and early tomorrow trying to figure out the easiest way to do this (my designers only want their CMS on a couple of the web pages, and don’t want to wipe out the existing stuff, won’t they be surprised…lol)

  7. Rahul says:

    Yes I agree. It is bad as I wanted to load a readymade website, however its not possible.

  8. Roger Henley says:

    Thanks for the explanation of FTP for Website tonight. I have my site about 80% complete and find that I need to perform calculations on data I collect in forms. Does this require javascript in the content blocks or is there a way in form design that I’m missing. Thanks.

  9. Jason says:

    Contrary to the critics, I appreciate the information you have shared. It is helpful in affirming the basic understanding I had of Website Tonight. It has been so long that I didn’t remember and maybe I never knew that I could upload and link to files. Anyway, I’m upgrading to a real hosting plan that includes FTP access, but for what it is worth, thank you for the information.

    -Jason

  10. Nick says:

    I’ll gladly kill the messenger when he’s looking for search engine clickthroughs and literally providing nothing useful.

    • Kirkland says:

      Nothing useful? Did you actually read the post? Have you looked at any of the other “how to FTP to Website Tonight” search results? Most of them are total garbage with incorrect information. Those message boards and forums are full of people with good intentions trying to help, but they are distributing horribly inaccurate information. I just looked through a few of them and read things like; “try port 21″, “is your login info correct”, “you can’t add HTML or JavaScript to Website Tonight”, “I have no idea what Website Tonight is but…”. As a side note: FTP is blocked on all ports, your login is irrelevant because FTP is blocked on all ports, and yes you can add HTML and JavaScript to Website Tonight.

      When the average Website Tonight user searches “How to FTP to Website Tonight” and finds all these misleading and inaccurate websites it makes using Website Tonight frustrating for them because they waste time following bad advice. Not all of the search results are total garbage with incorrect information, but the few that do have some accurate info are incomplete or the good info is mixed with junk. This webpage brings all the important and relevant info together.

      The average Website Tonight user doesn’t really need FTP access, they just think they do because some misleading forum or web designer (with good intentions) told them they did. This webpage explains that…

      • Standard web files (ex: Word doc, PDF, audio, etc) can be uploaded without FTP access.
      • You cannot purchase a non-WebsiteTonight template online and use Website Tonight to edit that template.
      • Website Tonight cannot be used to maintain a website that a web designer built from scratch. However, Website Tonight does allow you to add HTML and JavaScript, upload random non-template files, upload custom template images, and modify the template design with CSS. That’s all a web designer should need to build a custom template in Website Tonight.

      Yes, I am looking for search engine click-throughs, what webmaster isn’t? However, I am not deceiving people to get the click-through as you seem to believe. I am providing comprehensive and accurate information regarding the Website Tonight FTP question. You might not like the fact that I titled this page “How to FTP to Website Tonight”, but ultiamtely this web page is the only one that clearly, accurately, and completely addresses the question… “How to FTP to Website Tonight”.

      P.S. I’m not sure what you are trying to accomplish in Website Tonight, but rather than being snarky you could have simply asked me for help. There is a good chance that whatever you are trying to do can be done in Website Tonight if you know how, and if it can be done in Website Tonight then I know how. Next time, just ask for help.

      ~ Kirkland

  11. fenderflip says:

    You shouldn’t make a link that says “How To FTP to Website Tonight” that leads to a page that doesn’t tell you how to FTP to Website Tonight.

    • Kirkland says:

      People search “How to FTP to Website Tonight”, not “Can you FTP to Website Tonight”. This page explains that there is NO way to FTP to Website Tonight and offers alternate solutions, which is the information someone searching “How to FTP to Website Tonight” is looking for.

      I’m sorry that I did not provide you with a way to FTP to Website Tonight (because there is no way), but hopefully I saved you time by ending your search for something that does not exist.

      As the old saying goes “don’t kill the messenger”.

      ~ Kirkland

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