FTP – File Transfer Protocol – allows one to transfer files from one computer to another. It is an indispensable tool for web developers. FTP is primarily used for managing files on the web server – the computer on which the web site exists.
Most, if not all, web hosting packages packages allow developers to put their files on the servers using FTP. A GUI FTP program allows you to upload, download and manage files through a simple drag-n-drop interface quite like the Explorer (in Windows) or the Finder on a Mac.
The File Transfer Protocol is an excellent method to retrieve or send files from one computer to the other on the Internet. Though files can be transferred using email, it is not a good choice if the file size is large or when you need to transfer several files. FTP sites can consist of hundreds to thousands of files with information on books, music, libraries etc.
You can know more about FTP – File Transfer Protocol here.
This page lists some of the popular FTP programs which I have used. Though these differ in their user interfaces, they all perform the same function, transferring files from one computer to the other.
The advantages of using an FTP program are several – you don’t have to remember FTP commands, the program can keep a tab on which files were transferred thus saving you time, migration through the directories on the server becomes easier etc.
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