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What is an FTP Client?



FTP

Posted on February 21st, 2017 by David Taplin


FTP stands for ‘File Transfer Protocol’ and is a standard network protocol used to transfer files between more than one computer over the internet or a network.

For one host or computer to gain access to another in order to perform a transfer of files connectivity between those two machines needs to take place. To gain this secure connectivity you can use on of the following methods:

1) Installed Software

One of the most popular methods of connecting to another host compute to transfer files is to install one of the many FTP clients that are available on the market, some of the most popular FREE clients are listed below:

• Smart FTP
• FileZilla
• Coffeecup FTP
• Core FTP

There are however hundreds more on the market that you could use so its well worth looking around.

2) Web Browser

You can also use your internet browser to connect by simply using the following line where you would usually insert the web address: ftp://username@ftp.yoursite.com.

3) File Manager

You can also make use of file managers such as Windows Explorer to connect to the host server with the following line inserted where the address of the files would usually be: ftp://username:password@ftp.yoursite.com.

4) Command Line

Most operating systems have built-in command-line clients and this can also be used to connect to the host computer, (for example, to start FTP, at the command-line prompt, enter: ftp ftp.yoursite.com).

The most common gaining connectivity through the use of one of the methods above would be for example to upload your website files to your website host server or computer in a secure way.

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