FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol which is a computer application that defines the protocol used to transfer files from your local computer to the hosting programs (server on the computer network).
Before I continue further on the topic, below’s the reason why I am writing about FTP (File Transfer Protocol). Earlier last week I did a post on WordPress Themes and wrote something like;
" When it comes to WordPress Website building, users may install and switch among different themes. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website like I said without altering the code or site content. Every WordPress website requires at least one theme to be present and every theme should be designed using WordPress standards with structured PHP, valid HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Themes may be directly installed using the WordPress “Appearance” administration tool in the dashboard, or theme folders may be copied directly into the themes directory, for example via FTP .The PHP, HTML and CSS found in themes can be directly modified to alter theme behavior, or a theme can be a “child” theme which inherits settings from another theme and selectively overrides features."
If you were a newbie and were getting hard to read those computer language or words bold with links written above, you have a very good reason for that, and that is the only reason why I am writing this post. As weeks go by we will pick on those words: word by word and begin to learn what these computing terms are for, and their basic functions in Website Development. It might not seem important, but remember that these are important elements of Internet Marketing that helps you stay online to do your business as a professional internet marketer. Let me give you a classic example. Do you know what a url is? What is it and why is it import in social media marketing? I won’t answer that, you got to find out.
Many internet users will never have any use for FTP, but if you’re building a website, it’s an essential tool. And because it’s such a fundamental tool on the web, it’s worth knowing about even if you’re not a developer.
FTP is built on a client-server model architecture using separate control and data connections between the client and the server. FTP users may authenticate themselves with a clear-text sign-in protocol, normally in the form of a username and password, but can connect anonymously if the server is configured to allow it.
There are many FTP Clients. But the most common used one is FileZilla which can transmit or transfer tons of file at one time to the hosting programs or control panel.
FileZilla is old but one of the favorite FTP clients which I can recommend. Its fully featured and have been around for years, so have established, refined user interfaces and tools to make your FTP transfer process quick and easy. If you want more examples of good FTP clients, you can click the link here ⇒ best of the best FTP clients.
Can You Set Up Your Own FTP Server?
The answer, is yes. Windows users can download and run FileZilla server. Mac users, meanwhile, don’t need any third-party software. Just head to “Sharing” in System Preferences, then enable “Remote Login.” This will enable an FTPS server on your Mac, thus granting you a secure way to browse your computer and grab files with any FTP client.
Is there a Way to Do Away With FTP client?
The answer is again, yes. You can use other Web building programs that has built in FTP like the good old Kompozer, or Dreamweaver, or WordPress or etc..
Now, back in the early days of web design, FTP was essential: developers would work on a file, upload it to their server via FTP, and visitors to their website could view it. But this wasn’t just necessary for designing the look and layout of a site: every new page added to a website would have to be coded and then uploaded this way.
Today, the importance of FTP has greatly diminished, in part due to the development of Content Management Systems (CMS), such as WordPress.
WordPress has massively simplified the process of setting up and managing a website: it has made adding pages and editing content as simple as clicking a button. You no longer need to mess around with text files and FTP as a result – everything is done from the intuitive, user-friendly WordPress interface. All you need is getting your
domain name and hosting plan with the hosting service providers. And then install WordPress to build a good looking website by choosing the right themes and plugins..that simple.
However, if you still want to transfer file on WordPress using FTP, most WordPress web hosting service providers give users access to FTP. They can upload or download files from their web hosting server directly from within their control panel.
On the management front, FTP is still useful because:
- Bulk upload files to your Media Library – though you will need to use a plugin to import them from your server to your Media Library. The free Add From Server plugin is a good option.
- Upload new themes or plugins – this is especially helpful for large themes or plugins because sometimes in-dashboard uploads will time out.
And FTP can also help you repair your site when things go wrong. For example, you can:
- Disable plugins or themes even if you’re locked out of your wp-admin dashboard.
- Fix code errors if you accidentally broke your site while using the in-dashboard code editor.
- Manually take your site out of maintenance mode if WordPress gets stuck in maintenance mode for some reason.
But for a beginner, please go the easy way, get yourself a domain name (your business website address or URL) then hosting plan and finally install WordPress. Next use the best available themes and plugins of your choose…Done. You will be well on the way instead of spending too much time learning the whole process.