The Web is an ever-growing and ever-changing source of information and means of communication due to the incredibly quick exchange of files between distant machines enabled by network protocols such as the File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Using the data transfer potentialities of FTP users can upload their locally built website online or download any kind of information from the web to their PCs. In a previous post here you were given tips on how to choose an advanced FTP Manager and reliable FTP client, according to our hosting encyclopedia. Now you can find the FTP knowledge base updated with new tips for making the most of FTP in building and managing your web presence.

You have already searched the web and found the best FTP client for your needs? OK, so now how to go about installing it so you can start the necessary data transfer process as soon as possible? The newly updated FTP-client article will explain to you in detail how to install an FTP client, depending on your operating system. You will see examples of an FTP client installation on a Linux host using the Synaptic package manager of Ubuntu or the ‘apt-get’ command. Microsoft users will see how to install an FTP client on Windows through a user-friendly wizard-based installation interface.

Once you have your FTP program installed on your computer, you will need to make sure you have authorized access to a certain web server to execute the necessary file transfer operations. This is where your FTP management tool comes in handy. Through an advanced FTP Manager integrated into your hosting account you can quickly create FTP accounts for any of your hosts and assign different login details to them for the sake of security. This will immediately enable you to establish FTP connections and perform file transfer actions between the two connecting machines.

Apart from the FTP Manager interface of your web hosting account, the FTP account creation process is also possible through the interface of FTP servers like ProFTPd for Linux and FileZilla for Windows. The FTP account article will explain to Linux users in detail how to create an FTP account on an Ubuntu server host using the ‘useradd command’ over an SSH connection. Windows users in turn will find useful information on how to set up an FTP account on a Windows server, using the free open-source FileZilla Server application, compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 2008 Server and Windows 7.

With your FTP client installed and an FTP account at hand you will be ready to connect with your FTP server and start the data exchange process. Before you do that – make sure you have the correct FTP host name specified in the connection configuration settings. The FTP host article will detail for you the variety of names used for designating an FTP host in different clients and will give you useful tips on how to configure an FTP client to connect to an FTP host, without any hassle.