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FTP Stands For What?

What Is FTP?

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. If you own a WordPress blog, it comes in handy to understand the basics. This is an introduction to FTP. It is used to transfer files between computers on a network. You can use FTP to exchange files between computer accounts, transfer files between an account and a desktop computer, or access online software archives. I recommend downloading FireFTP which is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP/SFTP client which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP/SFTP servers. It is available for almost every browser.

I think understanding the basics of FTP is a skill that is easy to learn and gives you more control of your files if and when you need to transfer files to your domain. Even if do not download the add on, this tutorial shows how your blog is housed on the server.

What is the purpose of FTP?

You may wonder, what would I use this for? Here is an example. I attempted to upload a theme and WordPress would not complete the action. I was able to download the zip file on my hard drive, then transfer it directly into my blog directory manually. Another example is transferring larger files, such as a folder containing large graphic files, as demonstrated in the tutorial.

This is part 1, and I will present part 2 in my next post. This tutorial demonstrates a transfer of a folder containing a URL capture page along with its large graphic files. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. This is a little techy, but a basic skill which you may need once in a while.

FTP might seem a little boring and not as interesting as personal development topics, but if you are an internet marketer, I believe you should have a basic understanding of how your blog works. As I mentioned, I use FireFTP for Mozilla Firefox, although I also use Google Chrome as a browser.
If you have Firefox and want to download FTPfire, you can get it your FTP add-on here.

Editorial Review of FireFTP

FireFTP turns Firefox into an impromptu and speedy two-way FTP application. Once installed, FireFTP appears in the Tools menu. You click it and a new FTP tab opens up, offering a simple two-pane system that lets you easily copy files between your desktop and your remote site.

Note: Once you’ve downloaded this zipped archive, you’ll need to uncompress it and open the .xpi file in Firefox to install the plug-in. Launch Firefox and select File, Open File, then navigate to the downloaded file and click Open. Click Install Now to install FireFTP. It’s well worth the minor hassle.

–Chris Null and Kim Saccio-Kent

If you do not use Mozilla Firefox, there are hundreds of FTP clients you can use and most are free downloads. Some however are cumbersome and require downloading additional software to run.

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Celeste Smucker
Twitter:
August 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Hi Raena Lynn…Where were you a week or so ago? :) I just moved 2 blogs to a new host and FTP knowledge was required because of the way my former host had their site set up. I knew FTP was the key but didn’t have time to learn how to use it and get everything transferred before a rapidly approaching deadline…so paid a few dollars to get the company to help.

I’m glad for the info…from your post it appears FTP knowledge has uses other than transferring sites…so now that the deadline is past and my sites safely transferred…I can learn this new skill…

Thanks!
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Raena Lynn
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August 6, 2012 at 3:28 am

Hi Celeste,

Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you got everything worked out. Hopefully my tutorial will help you learn the basics if you ever need it! I’ve used it several times, however if it is something that needs to be done quickly, there certainly isn’t anything wrong with outsourcing!

Raena Lynn

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Steve
Twitter:
August 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Yes Raena those were some strange words to me sometime back but once I mastered this little skill it made life lot’s easier when having to move files online from my computer. Thanks for taking the time to teach others that don’t know.

Steve
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NickC
Twitter:
August 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Raena,
you make such a difficult task look so easy to do.. I truly thank you for all your effort to share what is useful to do a better job while sharing our passion through blogging or any other means… the FTP thing was a hold back for me (thanks to you, not anymore) and now it seam very feasible to use… and that is not all, I know I can always count on you for support in case there is a need… I know you love to share your knowledge..
Thanks so much for your contribution for all of us to benefit.
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Raena Lynn
Twitter:
August 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Hi Nick,

Thanks for visiting my blog. As I had mentioned, sometimes technical articles are not very exciting, but if they help someone understand a concept better and increase their skill set, then it is worth the effort. Thank you for your kind words.

Raena Lynn

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Mandy Allen
Twitter:
August 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

Thanks for the tip about FTPFire. I’ll try that out as I have trouble with my current FTP programme. I often just sort out uploading files through my control panel as it never fails, uinlike the FTP programme!

Enjoy the journey.

Mandy
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Raena Lynn
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August 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Hi Mandy,

Thanks for stopping by. Using your control panel is always an alternative to FTP. Be sure to let me know if it works for you!

Raena Lynn

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Gary Young China Sourcing August 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

Raena,

Thank you very much for giving us insight about FTP. I’ve always been slightly confused, but you really helped to clear things up. Thank you very much.

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Janelle McLeod August 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Hi Raena,
WOW! Thanks so much for sharing this… The video. I am very surprised that many people do not know what FTP is or what it means. WOW! I also followed your video explanation (for myself) and it works!!! LOL! I am definitely sharing this across the media. Very helpful and will benefit others as well.. Thank again for sharing, LOVE this info!

Janelle M

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Raena Lynn
Twitter:
August 26, 2012 at 5:14 am

Hi Janelle,

Thanks for stopping by. The video is intended for beginning marketers and early on I found myself having to use FTP a lot! So it lead me to creating a series of tutorials I packaged in a product. I appreciate your enthusiasm!

Raena Lynn

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Kelvin August 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Hi Raena,

Great explanation and very easy to follow. Next time someone wants me to explain FTP to them I know exactly where to send them :)

Cheers,

Kelvin

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Raena Lynn
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August 26, 2012 at 5:10 am

Hi Kelvin,

It’s okay if you send someone over! Thanks for your kind words.

Raena Lynn

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Donna Merrill August 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Hi Raena,

Well, you have done an outstanding job of explaining this! I don’t get involved with this side of the platform much, I either farm it out to my better half or hire someone.

The way you have explained it even I could understand! That’s saying a lot!

Thank you my friend,
Donna
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Raena Lynn
Twitter:
August 26, 2012 at 5:09 am

Hi Donna,

Thanks for your kind words. I don’t blame you for outsourcing because some of this techie stuff can be frustrating! That is the main reason I created these videos because I felt they would help beginners get over bumps which can take up a lot of time trying to figure out and wasting a lot of time. Always great to see you! Say hello to your other half!

Raena Lynn

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Michael
Twitter:
August 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm

When I was just starting out i so wish I had had this tutorial. I didn’t even know or understand what the letters FTP stood for and I couldn’t even figure out how to ask the questions I needed to know the answers to. Seriously, you need to bottle these and sell them. There is always something new to find out about, maybe you could just give a hotline phone number for your office when I need to know something right this very minute. :-)
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Raena Lynn
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August 26, 2012 at 5:04 am

Hi Michael,

When I started out, I was in the same boat. It’s that adage, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” I’ve made several tutorials and packaged them as a product, however I am working on adding more to include more videos and make improvements. Thanks for the encouragement.

Raena Lynn

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Jupiter Jim
Twitter:
August 16, 2012 at 5:02 am

Raena,

Very helpful post. I learned about FireFTP today which is a good thing since I’m in the business of building websites. I myself prefer using FileZilla FTP program and have created several videos on how to use it. In any event, FTP programs can be very important when installing some WordPress themes that Require that you upload the files using and FTP program. There are also some plugins that require that you FTP the file up to the server. You can also use an FTP program to backup all the files in your site (although it will not also backup the database which contains all your blog posts and pages.)

Thanks for the post and the video! Great job!

~ Jupiter Jim
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Raena Lynn
Twitter:
August 26, 2012 at 5:21 am

Hi Jim,

I really appreciate you listing some of the other uses for FTP. I’ve had to use it for installing WordPress themes more than once. It is a great basic skill to have. I believe I’ve used FileZilla FTP and it is also a great program. Thanks for your great comment!

Raena Lynn

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marquita herald
Twitter:
August 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm

What a great post Raena! I would have LOVED to have this information when I first started blogging. I remember all too well trying to understand how this worked, let alone what to do with it! The funny thing is now I’ve come to rely on it and use it on a regular basis.
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farouk August 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

you reminded me of my old days when i was aware of many
strange computer terms
thanks
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Raena Lynn
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September 11, 2012 at 5:41 am

Hi Farouk,

Thanks for the visit and your comment!

Raena Lynn

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Adrienne
Twitter:
August 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

This is a topic everyone needs to learn Raena. If I can do this then anyone can and in your video, you’ve laid that all out for everyone.

I use Bluehost and they have an FTP service built in so I don’t have to use a separate one. Makes it very convenient. Glad I learned how to do this some time back because it sure has made my life easier.

Appreciate you sharing this with everyone and I’m sure you’re making a lot of people very happy.

~Adrienne
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Raena Lynn
Twitter:
August 26, 2012 at 4:42 am

Hi Adrienne,

Thank you for your kind comments. I know when I started it would have been great to get a little step by step. Technology has changed a lot, but fundamental FTP is a basic skill I think we should at least understand since we work with files all day long. It’s nice that you have a service that takes care of it for you. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

Raena Lynn

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Magic Webs September 10, 2012 at 9:06 am

Sometimes, we tend to forget the basic components of a structure. I’m just grateful that Raena reminded us all to take a step back to understand the backbone of what we are all doing. FTP has been one of my best friend in my role in the company. File transfer is really done this way. We are using Filezilla for our file transfers. I suggest that as we tend to use this, we should be able to use versions of different files to have track of every thing that we add onto the FTP.
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Raena Lynn
Twitter:
September 11, 2012 at 5:12 am

Hi Magic Webs,

Thank you for your kind words and sharing how FTP is a valuable skill. It isn’t difficult, but seems scary for those who do not feel they understand technical issues. Keeping track is super important. Appreciate your work!

Raena Lynn

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Yorinda
Twitter:
September 28, 2012 at 12:01 am

Hi Raena,

you have made FTP look very simple in your video.

I like your tips about what to look for to know when a file has been transferred .
In the past I did try FTP once and I think I was too impatient.

What do you think of Filezilla?

Thank you so much for your effort in providing this!

To your Success!
Yorinda
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Raena Lynn
Twitter:
September 30, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Hi Yorinda,

I’m glad you appreciated my post. Firezilla is also a great tool. I only used FireFTP because it is an easy add on for Firefox. Thank you for your support.

Raena Lynn

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Sarah Arrow
Twitter:
October 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Thanks for sharing the videos Raena, FTP can seem terribly intimidating when you first start out. Does Chrome have a similar option like Firefox?
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Raena Lynn
Twitter:
October 27, 2012 at 5:50 am

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for stopping by. Chrome has a built in FTP client, but it is very limited. I believe Google has something in the works, but unfortunately nothing new at this point. I am not positive, so if anyone who uses Chrome gives me different information, I’ll be sure to let you know!

Raena Lynn

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Sadie-Michaela Harris November 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Really well explained Raena. Many people are afraid of FTP I think alarmist build it up to be something incredibly complex when in fact it is not at all. I have bookmarked your page and will no doubt refer people over here to gain how to FTP knowledge :)
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Raena Lynn
Twitter:
November 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Hi Sadie,

Thank you for your visit. I used to be afraid of FTP because it falls into the technical category. However I told myself a long time ago that I would get over any technical issue that came up. I know people who outsource and that is actually efficient and clever, but I like knowing at least the basic skills so I don’t have to pay or depend on someone else. However, if it is way over my head, I will seek help. FTP knowledge and being able to apply it is a very helpful skill.

Raena Lynn

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