Websites will not function without the necessary files. These files may contain web contents like texts, the site’s configurations, or scripts which a website must execute. All these files are stored in a common directory for the site’s easy access. Their sizes may vary and can also reach large numbers which make them harder to manage. Transferring them from one directory to another can be real challenging. The solution – FTP clients.
What is FTP?
FTP means File Transfer Protocol, a kind of network protocol that is responsible for the transfer of files from a host computer to another through a network, usually the internet. It is designed to accommodate a large number of files and transfer them safely and smoothly through the net. It works the same way as downloading and uploading files on the internet. It only differs in the address used to communicate with the remote host. FTP clients use the FTP address rather than the IP address to connect to its target host. This allows them to transfer larger files at faster transfer rates because this channel is dedicated for FTP clients. An FTP address has a ftp.domain.com format.
FTP plays an important role in web hosting since your site’s files will be stored in a remote server. There are instances when you need to upload a number of files to your iPage directory such as texts, videos or databases stored in your hard drive. And this is not possible with traditional uploading procedures. You will need an FTP client to do this work for you.
iPage FTP client
Some of iPage’s hosting plans will let you automatically have your own FTP account. So if you intend to use FTP most of the time, it is best to check first whether your hosting plan gives you your own FTP account. This is easier since iPage will take care of FTP configurations and will automatically set it up for you. You can immediately start uploading or downloading your files using its FTP client. In using your iPage FTP account, you will use the following information:
- Login Name or User ID + Password – iPage follows a “single-access” policy on its services. This means that if you are to use additional services which require user authentication, you will be using your official iPage login ID and password. This applies to your FTP account so you need not set up a new username and password to use the FTP client. This way, you no longer have to memorize or keep a record of numerous IDs and passwords on your iPage hosting account. This could also pose a problem since in case someone gets hold of your iPage id and password, they can also use the FTP service and download all your files or upload harmful ones on your website.
- Host Name / iPage’s IP Address – the host name refers to the FTP address which the FTP client will use to communicate with iPage’s server and reach your website’s directory where your site’s files are kept. You can easily remember iPage’s FTP address since it is as simple as: ftp.ipage.com. Configure this on your FTP client and verify whether you can already see your site’s files on the FTP window.
External FTP Client
As mentioned, not all hosting plans have an integrated FTP account. But don’t worry if you find out that your plan has no built-in FTP client. You can always download and use an external FTP client and manually perform FTP transfers. You can find one online and then download and install it for free. You may use the following FTP clients which work perfectly with iPage: WS_FTP, FileZilla, FlashFXP, FTP Voyager, SmartFTP, and CuteFTP.