Setup ftp on a vps

I just upgraded my account at "" to a vps.  They are telling me that I have to set up the FTP server and they can't help me.

What is the easiest way to do this?  I've tried several time to no avail.
I haven't used UNIX/LINUX in years.

What software should I use and how should I install it?  There is not going to be allot of FTP traffic.  It's basically uploading new code and some images.

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Vadim RappCommented:
Most likely it means that you have to go to the control panel on their site and ftp will be one of the many things you will find there.
Vadim RappCommented:
...I actually looked at their site and found "vps". What I said before was applicable to the traditional hosting, when hosting co. installs everything and you control it from the control panel. VPS, if I understand correctly,  means that they give you your own machine and you do what you want. Which means that you must be familiar with the operating system you chose when you ordered VPS.

There's list of ftp servers at .
breeze351Author Commented:
That is what they are telling me.  It's my server and I have to install everything.   My question is what is the easiest to install and use without having to know UNIX?
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Mohamed MagdyCTOCommented:
If it was centos then do this command:
yum install pure-ftpd

Then make sure you have port 21 open in firewall.
You find SFTP option in your web editor and use same SSH connection as for administration. No extra software needed.
breeze351Author Commented:
No joy!  I just found out that it is "Debian 6 OS template".  Any ideas on this?
So it is no longer supported, except for few packages under LTS.
Vadim RappCommented:
>  I have to install everything (...) without having to know UNIX?

The easiest is to go back to their hosting. Predictably, managing UNIX machine without knowing UNIX will be hard on every step, ftp being just the 1st one. Another way is to hire someone who knows UNIX, on per-problem basis.
breeze351Author Commented:
Isn't there an easy way to do this!  I Just installed ProFTPD on the VPS, but I still can't see the files or directories from FileZilla!  I'm reaching out to everyone I know on this.  I really need to have this done in the next day.
Vadim RappCommented:
once you have installed ftp server, you have to configure the users in it; for each user you have to specify login and password, and the directories he will see, and which one will be home directory. The directories themselves must have correct permissions - which is likely to be your next problem with unix.

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