What is FTP?

Question: I have free hosting with my ISP and have a website built (by my nephew) and ready to go. My host says I need to upload the site using FTP. What is FTP and where can I get it?

Answer:  FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a way of moving files across the Internet. You will need an FTP client (software) to upload files from your PC/Mac to the webhost’s site (in your directory). Your browser (IE, Firefox) can do limited FTP however, they won’t work with a secure FTP site. Therefore it is better to have a dedicated FTP client. I recommend FileZilla, it’s free and works well. But there are many FTP clients available and another may suit you better. Following are links to the FileZilla site and two Wikipedia’s articles on FTP:




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