Are you entering the world of web design or development and are you stumbling upon tech jargon? I’m here to rescue you! I’m starting a series about tech jargon, and this week my post is about ‘FTP’. What is FTP and why must you use it?

What is FTP?

FTP or File Transfer Protocol is a protocol that makes file transfers between computers easier. You can use an FTP client to establish a connection to an FTP server. We use FTP because we have many different types of operating systems. FTP standardises the format of the files so that they can easily be transferred. Using an FTP client, you can upload local files to your server, which in turn will then show on your website.

Creating a website?

When you’ve purchased a domain and hosting from a provider you will get FTP data. In most cases it consists a host address, a username, a password and sometimes a port. You can use this data to establish a connection with the server of the hosting firm where you can store your website.

FTP Client: Noraly’s pick

I’m a big fan of the free FTP client Filezilla. It works great! You can add unlimited FTP data for an unlimited amount of websites.

About The Author

Noraly van der Hulst is a passionate front-end developer. She owns a company called Frontrend and is a new mom. Her free time she likes to spend with her camera and ofcourse her family and friends as well.

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