Our FTP client freeware of choice is FileZilla
If you need to move files back and forth between your computer and the web server, you’ll need an FTP program. FileZilla is probably the current standard for FTP freeware. There are some others (e.g., CuteFTP), but FileZilla does the job.
(If you have already installed FileZilla, you might want to check to ensure you have the latest version.)
I recommend experimenting with FileZilla enough to become comfortable with the file transfer process – setting up your FTP accounts for your websites, practicing uploading and downloading files to and from your computer and the web server, and so on.
What is FileZilla?
FileZilla is free, open source, cross-platform FTP software, consisting of two parts:
- FileZilla Client, and
- FileZilla Server.
For basic file transfer, all you need is the FileZilla Client; forget about the FileZilla Server.
FileZilla is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. As of 18 April 2011, FileZilla Client was the 7th most popular download of all time from SourceForge.net!
SourceForge is the primary home for all kinds of open source (free) software. The FileZilla project was featured as Project of the Month at SourceForge in November 2003.
What is FTP?
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol – and I realize that sounds a bit technical. But don’t worry; only the first two (2) words – file transfer – really matter. File transfer is exactly what we have discussed doing in the near future, probably because we need to exchange files that are too big to send as email attachments (typically limited to 10MB or less).
Since we cannot email large files to each other, using an FTP utility is one option.
But wait! Dropbox is an easier, softer way…
I just remembered another way to accomplish the transfer of large files: Dropbox! Unless there’s some reason you would like to use FileZilla, we should accomplish our business with Dropbox; it’ll be faster and simpler.
Dropbox will create a folder on both our computers which we can share after we set it up. Files to be shared are simply dragged into the Dropbox directory; immediately thereafter, the files are available to the other party (or parties).
Dropbox could not be easier to install and set up; the Dropbox website shows you exactly what to do.
Resources: FileZilla FTP freeware, exchanging files
If Mr. Frasier sent you to this page, it probably means you are supposed to download and install the FileZilla FTP Client.