A utility that completely automates uploading files to your website. It automatically
detects which files have changed and uploads them with FTP (File Transfer Protocol).
If you have several websites, it automatically uploads each in turn. It is fairly
difficult to set up, but once it is going it is just one click to handle the updates.
I recommend it. You may need help from an FTP
guru to get
it going, but thereafter, you should have no trouble. For smooth sailing, make sure
your clock and your ISP (Internet Service Provider) ’s clock stay in sync. You still need a
traditional FTP tool like FTP
Voyager for diagnosing and fixing things when the automated process goes off the
The author is no longer supporting the program.
Where Netload Squirrels Information
Netload puts a *.nlx text file in the directory where your local files are. It contains
the names of the directories and files it has already uploaded, or files that
appeared on the server by other channels, except ignored files, along with their
dates and lengths. It is indented by directory level depth to make it easier to see
the structure. This cache means Netload does not necessarily have to ask the server
what it already has every time it uploads. There will be one such file for every
website mirror, to track its upload status.
For efficiency reasons, it does not update this file as it uploads. It waits till
it is done. Thus if anything goes wrong, it will be out of sync with reality and you
manually need to request a server refresh, by deleting the *.nlx files.
When you upload a file it redates it to the time of the upload. It does not mark it with the time of the source file it is uploading!
Most FTP utilities also do this idiotic thing because doing it properly is not part of the FTP protocol.
In C:\winnt or C:\Windows are
several small netload.* configuration text files.
- NETLOAD.IGN is the file ignore list. Note this is
global for all sites.
- NETLOAD.EXT is the extension ignore list. Note this
is global for all sites.
- NETLOAD.FST is the startsWith ignore list. Note this
is global for all sites.
- NETLOAD.FTP contains the binary configuration
information about each site.
- NETLOAD.INI contains key1, key2 and key3, your
purchase authorisation keys. It might be wise to back these files up. If NETLOAD
gets stuck in auto-exit mode, you can correct it configuring exit=0 in this file.
In Vista, these configuration files live in C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Windows\.
It sometimes refuses to create new directories. To get it started, you must do
your initial upload with some other program that is capable of creating
There is a bug in Netload. Make sure you delete the *.nlx files after any daylight
If Netload stalls, you can sometimes get it going again my minimising