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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

FTP 101 – SmartFTP

As I mentioned a week or two ago, you can use an FTP client to access an FTP server. First, you'll need to download a client. FireFTP is a free client for Mozilla Firefox. SmartFTP and FileZilla are other options. Because I already have SmartFTP on one of my computers, I'll walk you through using that, but most FTP clients work in approximately the same way and should be relatively self-explanatory once you know what you're doing.

Once you have your FTP client downloaded, you can have it look at your computer and the files on your computer.

In SmartFTP you go to File>Look For New Remote Browser.

Enter your FTP server address and your user name and password if you have them.

Now you'll be able to see the files located on the FTP server.

The easiest way to transfer the files is to click on them and drag them to the location of your choice.

Then click the Play button to start the transfer.

And that's it! Your file is transfered.