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File Transfer Protocol

File Transfer Protocol

Though Web sites are developed off-line, eventually the files wind up on a public server somewhere so they can be accessed by a wide audience.

The File Transfer Protocol was created to provide a standardized way of moving files from one computer to another and it is usually the method used to publish a Web site's files to a publicly accessible computer. An FTP client, such as FileZilla, is a front-end tool for using the File Transfer Protocol.

Though there are many FTP clients available, FileZilla is discussed here because:


To use FileZilla, launch it and log in using your hosting credentials:


You should wind up with a window that looks like the one below.


FileZilla01


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