FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is a standard application protocol that uses the Internet’s TCP/IP protocol to transfer files from one computer to another.

FTP is a very common process today. FTP is commonly used to transfer web pages from the creator’s computer to the server where the web site is situated. Also FTP is used to download programs and files to your computer from a server.

How do I use FTP?

To use FTP you will need to install FTP software on your computer. There are many freely available FTP programs on the Internet such as, Cute FTP and Smart FTP. We offer FileZilla Click to download here

How do I connect with FTP?

Follow the steps below to connect to a server, to upload files using FTP Client: (some of the setting will vary from FTP client to FTP client, please adapt accordingly)

Open FTP Client. Click on the connect button on the toolbar or select connect from the Tools menu.

To establish the connection with the server click on the Connect button.

How do I upload files using FTP?

Once you have established your connection with the server the next step is to upload your files to the server. The following describes how to do this:

Go to the path (public_html or wwwroot) on the server where you want to upload your files to. Select the file or files that you want to upload (to select more than one file hold down the CTRL key). In the Tools menu click on the Upload button.  NOTE: You can also upload files by dragging and dropping them to the directory/folder on the server.

Your file will now be uploaded to the server. (You will see this uploading process in the dialog box.)

How do I download files using FTP?

You can also use FTP to download files to your computer from a server. The following describes how to download a file.

Make sure you are connected to the server. Go to the file that you want to download. Select the path on your computer where you want the file to be saved to. Right click on the file and select Download.  NOTE: You can also upload files by dragging and dropping them to the directory/folder on the server.

The file will now be downloaded to your computer. (You will see this downloading process happening in the dialog box.)

How do I end my connection?

You can end the connection by simply clicking on the Disconnect button on the tool bar or by clicking on Disconnect from the Tools menu.