If you maintain a Web site or blog, you need a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client to interact with the files stored on the host(Server). Mainly used for uploading and downloading files to and from a Web server, FTP clients can also download obscure files and documents from any number of servers around the world. The good ones make the process of uploading and downloading fast and painless with features that eliminate unnecessary steps and offer common security protocols. Instead files transfering, good FTP clients can give give you the power to mangae files at the both ends with the ability to perform more administrative actions on the files.
A number of different clients are available and found many that work quite nicely. But there are things in an FTP client, like drag-and-drop support and user friendly bookmark management might not be as high on your priority list. What’s most important is finding one that offers the best features for your specific needs.
There are plenty of FTP clients you can buy with all the features you need, but why pay if you don’t have to? Here are some free ones that make the process a little easier.
Best Free Powerful FTP clients for Website Administrators
FileZilla offers a paned, side-by-side interface in which you can drag-and-drop files to and from a specified server. It has all the advanced features you might need, like timeout detection and SSL secured connections. The site manager makes it easy to sift through your sites (if you have more than one) so updating specific pages is easy. You can also run multiple simultaneous transfers.
Core FTP LE is a feature-packed FTP client that’s free to home users and students. This one offers drag-and-drop transfers, a session manager, auto-transfers, and much more with an easy to understand interface. It’s a wonder this one costs nothing.
If you need a good FTP client or are looking to switch from your old one, check out one of these free programs. As always, let me know in the comments if you have a FTP client you like better (so I can use it!).