Filezilla and WS-FTP

Todays Acronym is FTP.

We wont do the “back in the good old days I used a command line and typed in my ftp commands bit”. But I actually used the command line ftp last week to get a 38M mail attachment to a clients PC from the mail server. So there is a use for it but apart from the “lowest common denominator” every one has a command line available ( even if the MAC dudes goto great lengths to hide the fact), it really is a lot of fun.

So as soon as I discovered WS_FTP I used it. Ipswitch still makes WS_FTP Ipswitch WS-FTP and I have to say it is a seriously better looking product that when I started using it all those years ago.

It lets you update your Web site, share pictures with friends and family, easily download large MP3 files or other files with a single click. You can affordably, easily and securely(there is a great deal of debate over this point) transfer files between your home computer and the Internet.

The big hassle is WS-FTP’s license, it’s a very generous one (if you are student it’s free. If not, cough up) but I still have this Open Source zealotry thing working for me.

Which brings us to Filezilla at Source Forge

The main features of FileZilla are just like WS-FTP it works as a client for Windows 9x, ME, NT4, 2000 and XP. It has been designed for ease of use and with support for as many features as possible, while still being fast and reliable. AND ITS OPEN SOURCE.

So amongst it’s bag of tricks here are some of the highlights.

  • Ability to resume Uploads/Downloads (if the server supports it)
  • Custom Commands (very cool)
  • Site Manager with folders
  • Keep Alive system
  • Timeout detection
  • Firewall support
  • SSL secured connections
  • SFTP support
  • Upload/Download Queue
  • Drag&Drop

All in all a very useful little tool and you can transfer a website, without Dreamweaver.


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