What is FTP?

FTP
What is FTP?

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol.  FTP is a way to transfer files over the Internet and is used everyday all over the world.

Where is FTP?
FTP is not a place, merely a method of accessing a remote site. It is similar to how you access files on your computer’s storage.  In fact, most FTP clients (see below) present the remote site’s file in a similar fashion to how you see your own computer’s file.

What is an FTP client?
An FTP client is the software that actually controls the transfer of the data between the two computers (your computer and the remote site). There are many FTP clients available; and Volusion websites work well with any of them.  Some commonly used FTP clients include the following:

  • FileZilla– a popular FTP client that is freely available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux users
    Available as a free download from the Internet.
  • Fire FTP– a plug-in for the popular Firefox web browser that can be used just like a standalone FTP program
    Installed through the FireFox browser.
  • Dreamweaver– page layout/design program, which includes FTP access as one of its many features
    Available for purchase from Adobe.

Helpful Links:
Setting up Your Volusion FTP Account
Using Your Volusion FTP Account
Troubleshooting Your Volusion FTP Connection

-Kate Pierce eCommerce Specialist

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