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Getting your FTP programme ready

Hopefully, you are familiar with FTP, the File Transfer Protocol. If you have a web site and are managing the files for it personally, you will probably already use an FTP client to upload and download files. If not, then more information follows:

FTP stands for File Transfer protocol and is a way of transferring files from one computer to another. Typically, website owners use FTP to transfer files between their home PC and their web host's server.

Some Windows-based FTP software is available free of charge, and we can suggest Smart FTP which is available (free for private use) from Download.com. In addition, we can suggest CoreFTP who also offer a free version for download.

Both companies provide good on-line instructions and tutorials, although the tutorials at SmartFTP are perhaps more comprehensive. See SmartFTP Online Tutorials

A full set of FTP instructions is beyond the scope of this page, but the two links above will provide highly-relevant instructions.

However, in overview, most modern FTP software uses a graphical interface which shows two 'windows' on your PC screen. Typically, the left hand screen shows a listing of the directories and files on your local PC, while the right hand window shows a listing of the directories and files on the web server you are connected to. Transferring files between the two is usually as simple as selecting them in one window and then pressing a 'transfer' button to have them transferred to appear in the other.

An important point to remember is that files must be transferred in the right 'mode' to avoid corruption of the data. Usually this is 'ASCII mode' for text files and 'Binary mode' for images. Many 'modern' FTP programs will have an 'auto' setting which will attempt to analyse the file for you and transfer it in the right mode.

N.B. As far as Easy Availability is concerned, you should ensure that your FTP package is transferring the graphic images in Binary mode and everything else in ASCII mode!

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