FTP is a file transfer protocol, which allows to transfer data from one computer to another using Internet (or other network).
FTP client may connect to an FTP server to manipulate files on a server.
Here is what you need to connect to your server and manage files there:
- Host (or server address) – this is a network address of the computer or server where you would like to connect, such as yoursite.com.
- Username and password – these are the credentials which allows you to connect to a server and manage the files.
Then you need a tool to connect to a server:
- Most of the modern browsers can connect to FTP servers, and you can do this by typing a command line in your browser’s address bar:
FTP usually uses two ports: port 21 and port 22 (which is used for secure logins). You will need port 21, and your command line will look as follows:
- Alternatively, you can use an FTP client to connect to your FTP server. We use FileZilla and FlashFXP.
You can learn more about different FTP clients at the comparison chart.