FTP Uploading with your Browser

Let’s start of by explaining some terms and abbreviations. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. A protocol is mostly a set of rules by which a networks of computers communicate. Thus, FTP is the language by which computers on the Internet share files.

Every website owner uses an FTP account at any time or another, whether he knows it or not. When looking for a web host, you might have seen that some hosts provide FTP uploading. That is exactly what is explained here. When you sign up for the hosting, your host provides you with your FTP details (explained later). These are used to log into your account. Once you’ve logged into the account, you can upload the files of your website.

There are quite a few different ways in which you can access FTP. The most simple method, which we will also discuss here, is by simply using your browser. Other steps include using software such as CuteFTP. Most new web design programs also come with built-in FTP tools.

FTP login sessions explained

Logging into an FTP account works basically on the same way as other login sessions, like Yahoo! Mail, for instance. The process is the same, you type an address in the address bar, insert a username and password, and voila – you’re connected. But how does the nuts and bolts work?

There are three basic criteria in the basic FTP login process. They are the following:

  • Site name: [ftp://anything.com]
  • Username: yourname
  • Password: ******

Let me explain this. Look at the first line. This is the “URL” of the FTP server, just like the URL of any normal website. The second and third lines are the username and password (account details) that your host gave you.

When you enter the username and password to login to the server, you are doing exactly the same as when you check your Yahoo! Mail. After you’ve logged in, you can change and modify the contents of your folder, just like the mail. And the next time you login, you will find it exactly as you left it.

Logging in

Here’s the process for logging into your FTP account using a web browser.

Step 1

Enter the URL for the FTP server that your host provided into the address bar of your browser. This will typically start with [ftp://..].

Step 2

If the connection is good, a dialogue box will appear, requesting your username and password. You know what to do! Go ahead, enter them, and press the “Login” key (or Enter, whatever).

Step 3

If all went well, you should now see in your browser what you will normally see in ‘My Computer’ or ‘My Documents’ (in Windows). Your browser has changed into a folder – your FTP folder. Now you can upload your pages into the folder.

First, open ‘My Computer’ or ‘Windows Explorer’ in a separate window, and locate the files of your website on your hard drive. Once you have them in view, select all the ones that you want to upload and press Ctrl + C (to copy them). Now, go back to the browser, right-click anywhere in the FTP folder, and select Paste from the drop-down menu.

If all went well, your browser should now show you an estimated progress of the uploading. Once you see this, you can sit back, relax, and wait for the uploading to finish. To exit the FTP account, simply carry on surfing!

If there are any files in the account that you do not want, or if you want to replace old files with new ones, simply select the ones you would like to delete, and press, well… Delete! It’s as simple as that.

That’s about all there is to FTP uploading via your browser. If you want to automate things a little, try using some FTP software, such as CuteFTP.

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How to Use FTP Software

Internet and network related activities consists a number of Protocol procedures, which are essential to run certain programs and functions. Downloading or uploading files from serves while using internet is a common activity done by most of the internet users. How it functions is unknown to most of the users.

Protocol means a set of procedures made to formalize the functions or enabling computers or networks to exchange such messages. Protocols can be related to authentication means establishing or confirming something, signaling or the information exchange, error detection and correction, etc. Also, it can be said that a protocol illustrates the semantics, syntax, and synchronization of communication and may be implemented in software or hardware, or both of them.

The acronym, FTP, stands for File Transfer Protocol and it is functioning to give you access to file servers through FTP functions. These functions are mainly used to open, login and close connections, uploading web sites files on the hosting accounts, rename, delete and as well as to collect details of files from the file servers and it is the most convenient way to transfer files over the internet. There are a lot of FTP software available in the market with lot of functions and special features. Some of that software are FTP Explorer, smartFTP, cuteFTPpro, wise FTP, FTP-voyager, AceFTP Pro, etc. and all of them vary on different parameters such as Security, User Tools, Technical support, Transfer capabilities such as Auto Reconnect and Auto Resume as well as keeping connection alive, view specifications, view snapshots etc. There are other features which are also different from software to software such as security, Encryption support, Secure encryption, compatibility with SSL/TLS encryption methods, HTTPS, Support one-time password, Supports anonymous login, Filtering, Firewall support, etc. are some of them.

FTP is a very common process now and in order to use them you have to install a FTP software in your computer system. There are software which are available to download freely in the internet such FTP explorer. FTP functions will work automatically for the Windows version of PHP because it has got built-in support for the FTP extension.

FTP Software – What It Is and How to Use It

What is FTP:

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) allows files to be transferred from one computer to another. FTP software allows your computer to connect directly to another computer using the internet, and then transfer files between the two. This is how to update your website pages on the host’s computer. Free FTP software can be found online.

The cPanel provided by your host can be used for updating website files, but an FTP program is quicker and easier. It’s like having a desktop shortcut that takes you directly to where you want to go, and makes exchanging files between your computer and the host computer as simple as drag and drop.

How to FTP:

Most programs are similar. Filezilla, is a good example to use here. It’s free open-source software provided by the same people who provide the Firefox web browser, and very popular.

Basically, the open program shows two main frames, one on the left and one on the right. The left frame displays files on the “Local Site”, that’s your computer. The right frame displays files on the “Remote Site”, these are your website files on the host computer.

Connect to your host via the FTP program by filling in the blanks at the top; Host (eg, ftp.domain.com), Username and Password, then click Quickconnect.

The program will connect to the host and store the connection information in a dropdown menu for a single-click connection next time. As many websites as you like can be in the dropdown menu.

On the left where your computer files are, go to the upper window, choose a folder and double-click on it. The contents will display in the lower window.

On the right where your website files are shown on the host computer, double-click here as well to display folder contents in the lower window. Website folders and files will be in the “public_html” folder. There are more folders there you can navigate but they don’t have anything to do with simple file transfer.

Transfer methods (using the lower frames on both sides):

· drag and drop manually,

· double-click any file to automatically begin file transfer,

· select multiple files, right-click, choose upload or download.

These methods work for both upload and download. Follow prompts in any message boxes that might pop up. You can also right-click and delete unwanted files from the host computer to keep it looking tidy.

That’s the quick and easy way to get started with your own FTP program. If you have questions about using it, you can bet other people do too, find the forum online.

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