What is FTP?


FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is the simplest and most secure way to exchange files over the Internet. FTP is most commonly used to used to upload and download files from your hosting space.The ability to transfer files back-and-forth makes FTP essential for anyone creating a website.

An FTP client is a piece of software designed to transfer files between two computers over the Internet, in this case connecting your computer to our hosting servers. Popular FTP clients are Filezilla, SmartFTP, FTP Explorer and Core FTP - you can find these and more on www.tucows.com. We recommend Filezilla.


The classic FTP Client look is a two-pane design. The pane on the left displays the files on your computer and the pane on the right displays the files on the remote computer.

File transfers are as easy as dragging-and-dropping files from one pane to the other or by highlighting a file and clicking one of the direction arrows located between the panes.

Additional features of an FTP Client include: multiple file transfer; the auto re-get or resuming feature; a queuing utility; the scheduling feature; an FTP find utility; a synchronize utility; and for the advanced user, a scripting utility.

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