Most people have no problem downloading from the Internet. You usually click on a link, and then tell the browser where to store it. But how do you get files from your computer to the internet?
To get a file on the internet, use FTP. It stands for File Transfer Protocol.
What is FTP?
FTP is really a very simple process. Accepting the language code for simple FTP is only a few lines long.
FTP software is more elaborate of course.
If you just want to upload some files, you can use Windows Explorer to upload. It has some peculiarities. And it can take some time to get used to it. But when you get the feeling it's not that bad.
You can also use FTP software. You can find free FTP software. Filezilla is free and does not come with adware or other such bullies. And it works pretty well.
It's CuteFTP that many people want. It is very user friendly.
Then you have professional FTP like WS-FTP Pro. If you are going to upload a bunch of files, or very large files, you will want to spend some money from professional FTP software.
If you have a website, click "You can upload your files there."
If you want Sharing photos with people you can not even need FTP software. You can find websites like Photobucket that have FTP capabilities based on their site. You get what you pay for, though. Photobucket has restrictions.
You can You may also want to purchase a domain name. If you just want to upload photos or other items to share with your friends, you can find a cheap hosting plan. You will almost certainly want to buy a domain name. Domain names run around $ 20 per Year or less.
How to upload files.
When you have a place to load regardless of the method of upload Select, you need certain Information. Below is a list of information that you need for almost any FTP connection. Your host may have some items that you need to enter.
- FTP host: This may be an IP address (IP address looks like 123.45.678.90) or domain. Sometimes before with "ftp." A common FTP host may look like: ftp.somewebsite.com
- Starting or home page: Your host must let you know. Some common startups for websites are / public_html, / wwwroot, / httpdocs … There are several more. Note: You probably will not have to enter any progressive sliders (/) in your FTP settings.
- Passive or Active FTP? Try Passive FTP first if you are not sure. It is the most common type.
- Username and Password: Self-explanatory. Do not be surprised if your username looks like an email address.
- FTP Port: You may not need to enter the port. Port 21 is used almost generally.
Source by Allen Howard