How to Create a Website Step 13 Upload and Publish your Website
By this point you’ve learned how to create a website, it’s search engine optimized and ready for upload. Now let’s look at the upload process and why we need to create a website FTP connection. FTP is an acronym standing for (File Transfer Protocol). As its name suggests, FTP clients are the simplest and most secure way to exchange files between computers (web servers) over the internet or local networks.
In order to transfer files by FTP you need to establish an FTP connection with a secure FTP user name and FTP password to your cheap web hosting. To make an FTP connection and upload your new website will require FTP client software ( A list of top FTP client Software is listed below). In a pinch FTP connections can be made with a little known stand in FTP program, the standard Web Browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc). As mentioned it is ok to use in a pinch, but the more preferred choice being a true FTP client software. The standard web browser FTP connection is very convenient when no other FTP client software is available or can’t be installed. *NOTE* at the time of this writing FTP connections through a browser are very slow and not recommended for large files.
In order to transfer your website files over the internet from your computer, you will also need a cheap web hosting server with web space to connect to. To establish your FTP connection you need a web address to identify what you want to connect to. This can either be the preferred method of using a cheap domain name or using the ip address of the cheap web hosting will work too.
FTP client software is designed to allow the secure transfer of files between your computer and cheap hosting you purchased. The software is installed on your computer and requires a live connection to the internet to be active in order to transfer files.
The choices for FTP clients are varied. Each FTP client has additional features not found in the standard web browser FTP solution. As an example one theses vital features includes enabling you to resume download if your connection drops. This option is great for slow wireless or dial up connections. Another feature standard in many FTP clients is the ability to transfer multiple files at a time. This works great in conjunction with resume downloads.
FTP client interfaces can be very intuitive. They most often come standard in a split screen format, with a left and right pane. The left pane is normally the files on the computer and the right pane is the files on the cheap web hosting server. Once the FTP connection is established, simply select the files you wish to upload and either drag and drop them or push the upload button.
List of the Top Most Popular FTP Clients for Windows and Mac.
Top Free & Paid FTP Client Software
- SmartFTP 4.0 for Windows – smartftp.com
- CuteFTP for All Platforms – globalscape.com
- Wise-FTP 7 for Windows – wise-ftp.com
- FTP Voyager 220.127.116.11 for Windows – ftpvoyager.com
- WS_FTP Professional 12.3 – ipswitchftv.com
- Free FTP 4.5 for Mac – coffeecup.com
- Free FTP 4.5 for Windows – coffeecup.com
- FTP Commander Deluxe 9.21 – internet-soft.com
- AceFTP Pro 3 for Windows – visicommedia.com
- BulletProof FTP 2010 for Windows – bpftp.com
- FTP Explorer for Windows – ftpx.com
- WinSCP 5 for Windows – winscp.net
- Tunnelier 3.60 for Windows – bitvise.com
- Go FTP 2.1.85 for Windows – goftp.com
- Transmit 4 for Mac – panic.com
- FireFTP 2 for All Platforms – mozdev.org
- FileZilla 3.5.3 for All Platforms – filezilla-project.org
- Cyberduck for All Platforms – cyberduck.ch
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There are many ftp clients on the market to choose from. If you need more assistance or need answers to your questions on FTP file transfers, contact us to schedule an appointment for a conference call so we can help you create a website FTP connection. Please call us at 1.480.664.3700 or send us an email at Support@Domain-Cheap.com with subject line (Upload and Publish your Website) with a brief description of issues you are having with the FTP client you are using to create a website.
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