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What Does FTP Stand For

Updated on September 10, 2014

FTP stands for "File Transfer Protocol". You can use FTP to upload or publish your webpage that you have made so that web surfers can view your page through the internet. Specifically, FTP is a common protocol to exchange files with another network regardless of what operating system they're under.

There are several FTP client, but I recommend you to use FTP client by Filezilla. FileZilla is open source software distributed under the the terms of GNU General Public License. The thing I like in this program is because it is FREE and easy to use.

I will show you how to use this FTP program below

The first thing that you must do is downloading the program from Filezilla and then it will auto extract itself and start to install to your computer (don't forget to choose the language that you are familiar with - but anyway, you can change it later through the menu).

How to FTP

There are 3 things that you need to input. See picture below.

The first is the host name (or we can say it your domain name). For example, Then fill your usename and password where you host your domain name. After that, click Quickconnect or just press Enter. If it is connected to your web hosting, then it will show a bit like the picture below.

Double click the www directory as below and it will open up your directory where you can upload your webpage.

Click and drag your file you want to upload from the left side (your computer) to the right side (your web hosting). That's it. You just uploading your webpage ..... Congratulations. Easy, isnt' it?

If you have more than 1 webpage to be uploaded to the net, then you better manage by clicking the button below or by clicking the menu File - Site Manager or press Ctrl-S, and it will bring you the picture below.

Click on the New Site button (see picture above), and fill in the information as before. The domain name, username, and password of your domain hosting (See picture below). Don't forget to change the logontype to Normal.

Everytime you click through the arrow button (see picture below). It will show up all your hosting site that you have already made. Like for this example, it will show up:1st website, 2nd website, 3rd website, etc. Pick the one you plan to upload, then voila ... it opens up the web hosting for you ....


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    • Hery Yansen profile image

      Hery 9 years ago

      Thanks, webheadfred. I'll check out your recommended ftp hosting software site too.

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      webheadfred 9 years ago from

      Good advice. The best ftp hosting software I've found out there is, and the best ftp hosting company (reliable, been around awhile) is --their service works with all ftp software and they also have a web-based ftp interface. good stuff... I will check out your site, looks interesting