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Upload Files to Academic Web Hosting

What is SFTP?

CIT recommends using Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) to upload your content to your Academic Web Hosting website. SFTP is a tool for moving large files over the web. It builds on the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and includes Secure Shell (SSH) security components.

CU VPN or On-Campus Network Required

In order to update your website you must either:

  • Connect to the server from a campus network
  • Or, connect using CU VPN before you start the SFTP file transfer application.

Upload Files Using SFTP

Academic Web Hosting uses Cornell's Server Farm Account Management (SFAM).

To connect to any SFTP server where you have an SFAM account, you need the following information:

  • Hostname: The address of the SFTP server
    • Static:
    • Dynamic:
  • Username: Your SFAM user ID - Same as your netID
  • Password: Your SFAM password – Should be different from your netID password (If you forgot, see how to reset your SFAM password)
  • Your site hostname can no longer be used to upload files. Instead, use one of the “uploads” hostnames above.
  • If you upload changes to your website:
    • Static Websites: As of October 12th, your changes will appear on the new hosting server.
    • Dynamic Websites:
      • Prior to November 10th, your changes will appear on the test server.
      • After November 10th, your changes will appear on the new hosting server.

SFTP File Transfer Options

  • FileZilla can transfer your files to your web server using SFTP. Follow these Instructions to use FileZilla.
  • Cyberduck is another file transfer application that supports SFTP, available for both Mac & Windows.
  • Web development applications such as Adobe Dreamweaver allow you to configure the SFTP settings from within the tool instead of using a separate SFTP client program.

    Adobe Dreamweaver is available for eligible Cornell faculty & staff through Adobe Creative Cloud individual (named) licensing. Contact your department Technical Support Provider (TSP) for more information.

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