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FTP

We have learned how to use 3 FTP tools.  
  Those tools are listed to the right. Windows based
   

Command Line

  Click on the links for an explanation of each.

GUI

    Dreamweaver
    CuteFTP
 
 

FTP - Stands for File Transfer Protocol. This is a process or a set of rules used to upload or transfer files
from a local computer to a remote server where the files can be displayed on the internet.


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Command Line FTP - Command Line FTP is another easy way to upload your web pages to the internet without purchasing special software. This process is not as simple as Windows Explorer or Dreamweaver.This approach is more time consuming and you must know exactly how to type in your commands for it work properly.

Make sure you have a list of all the commands you will need to ftp files with command line. You can find step by step guides on the internet to help assist you in this process if you choose this route. Most computers are capable of this process but if yours is not, there are other ways to ftp files to the internet.

 

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GUI FTP - Graphical User Interface File Transfer Protocol. A gui is used to present program output by
displaying pictures, graphics, icons, and other graphical elements other than just text. Most new computers today come with Windows Explorer for many reasons. One is because it is user friendly. What you see is what you get. You can also use Windows Explorer to FTP files to the internet by just clicking on the start menu and explore. Open up another window by clicking on the start menu again and explore. In this window, type in for example, ftp.tripod.com (or the ftp address where your account is for web hosting). Once this comes up, you can type in your passwords and you are ready to transfer your files. Now, in the first windows explorer you opened, locate the files you want to upload to the internet. Copy these files over into the second window session you opened. You will see your files being transferred. Once the transfer is complete, you can go to your website to check your files.

 

 

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Dreamweaver - Dreamweaver has a site manager built in the program with many useful tools. Once you have completed all of your files and they are ready for the interent, you upload your files from here as well. It also has a File Check In/Out tool for those who work as a team or with more than one computer. This feature will tag individual files with usernames and checkout times, and locks the files that are in use by other people to keep from duplicating work.

Another great feature offered in this software, is file management. You can view your remote files and local files without exiting the program. Dreamweaver allows you to synchronize your work which will compare your local files to the remote files and tell you which is more current. One other useful tool is the Link Checker. This tool will search your entire site or selected pages for incorrect links or missing files before you upload to the internet. It will also help you correct the errors it finds, which saves you time.

 

 

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CuteFTP - This is another way to upload files to the internet. It also allows you to download music, digital images, or even transfer files from your office computer to your compuer at home. It is very user friendly for beginners too.

CuteFTP has many features. It has an easy to use interface, a built in HML editor, a connection wizzard, a transfer queue, custom commands, and firewall proxys. This also has a few downfalls. It cannot support secure connections through SSH2 or OTP and it cannot perform multipart or concurrent transfers from multiple sites. You will need CuteFTP Pro for that.

 

 

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