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What is FTP?

KB22 Last reviewed 27 November 2013
A short explanation of what FTP is and how web hosting customer may use it.

FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is a method by which you can upload and download files between your computer and your website. FTP is the quickest way to transfer large number of files to and from your website.

To be able to upload or download files using FTP, you will need a program called an FTP client. There are many different FTP programs available, some of which are open source (free to use) or commercial products. Examples of these programs are:

Please note that you download, install and use these programs at entirely your own risk. The list is provided as a guide of what is available.

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