Deploying a Visual Studio 2010 Web Site Project using FTP

The following instructions apply only to Web Site Projects.  For Web Application projects, please see this Knowledge Base article.

To publish your web site using the Copy Web Site feature:
  • Open the web project to be deployed in Visual Studio 2010.
  • Go to Web Site -> Copy Web Site. The Copy Web tab will show the Source Web site and the Remote Web site.
  • Click the "Connect" button. The "Open Web Site" window will pop up.
  • Select FTP Site.
  • Enter the following values:
    • Server:
    • Port: 21
    • Directory: [name of the remote directory to copy to; leave blank for the root]
    • Passive Mode: checked*
    • Anonymous Login: unchecked, and enter your login information.
      * Note that passive mode may not be compatible with some home network routers or modems. If you have difficulty connecting, try switching passive mode off.
  • Click "Open."
  • Select the files you want to copy from the Source Web site list.
  • Use the arrow buttons in the middle to copy the selected files from source to remote web site.
  • Log into Control Panel and enable the directory as a web application root using the Application Starting Point tool.