Below is a list of popular FTP software: (Keep in mind that new
versions of FTP software are continuously being released- you might
want to stop by
www.download.com and search for the client of your choice to
see if an updated version is available.)
WS_FTP - a standard FTP client for Windows Sockets. The
graphical interface was designed with the novice FTP user in mind.
This version features a reengineered FTP server detection and
decoding process. Requirements: Windows 3.x or higher. 650 KB
Setting Up WS_FTP
After opening WS_FTP a dialog box will appear. In most cases you
would leave the pull-down menu "Profile Name" as "WS_FTP16" or
"WS_FTP16," and leave it as that for now. In the text box labeled
"Host Name/Address" enter your server name. Leave the pull-down menu
"Host Type" as "Automatic Detect." Enter your registered user id
into the text box labeled "User ID." Enter your registered password
into the text box labeled "Password." It is all personal preference
if you wish to have the "Save Password" check box checked. For now
you can leave "Account" and "Comments" blank. Click on the "Startup"
tab and enter which directory on each computer you wish to be
default when you connect to the server, i.e. what is your primary
directory that contains the files you are going to upload? For now
you can leave all other things blank. The left side of the screen
displays your computer's files, and the right side of the screen
displays your server's files. If you didn't enter your default
directories, choose the directory you want to be in by either
browsing or clicking the "ChgDir " button. A text box will appear
where you type in the directory. e.x. This will appear both to
change the directory on the remote host (server) and the local host
(your computer). You can also make a directory by clicking on the
"MkDir " button. A text box will appear where you type in the name
of your new directory. e.x. This will appear both to add a new
directory on the remote host (server) and the local host (your
computer). To upload a file, select the file you wish to upload
click on the "-> " button. This copy is the file from your computer
to the server you are connected to. To download a file off of the
server you are connected to, select the file you wish to download,
then click on the "<- " button. This copies the file from the server
you are connected to onto your computer. While uploading any
picture, java applet, shockwave animation, or anything of the sort,
make sure the radio button labeled "Binary" is selected. Whenever
uploading any htm, html, htx, asp, or any kind of web site file,
make sure the radio button labeled "ASCII" is selected. Any text
related file can viewed through the program by selecting the file,
then clicking on the "View " button. Notepad will open showing the
selected file. You can rename any directory or file by selecting the
item you wish to rename, then click on on the "Rename " button. To
view any file, such as a picture, select the file you want to view,
then click the "Exec " button. This will run a default program that
was selected to read the file selected. If you wish to delete a
file, select it and then click on the "Delete " button. This will
delete the file off either system. If you save a file to the local
system directory, and WS_FTP is already up and running, it will not
show be available unless you click the "Refresh " button. To get all
information on the open directory, click on the "DirInfo " button.
Notepad will open, allowing you to view the information on the
directory. i.e. all files. While you are uploading and downloading
there is a log being written of everything you have done during this
session of WS_FTP. i.e. connecting to 126.96.36.199 ...Connected to
188.8.131.52 port 21 220 vulcan Microsoft FTP Service (Version
3.0)..... 150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
Received 2106 bytes in 0.6 secs, (31.70 Kbps), transfer succeeded
226 Transfer complete...... To close the connection to your server
there are 3 options: Click on the "Close " button, the "Close
connection " button, or the "Exit " button
Advanced FTP Voyager - FTP Voyager is an FTP client
program that allows you to perform FTP operations in the same way
that you would normally perform file operations. FTP Voyager can
connect to almost any FTP site, whether it is a Unix site or a
Windows NT site. FTP Voyager looks and feels like Windows Explorer;
in fact, you can even drag and drop files from the FTP site to your
hard drive, and vice versa. This new version features extensive bug
fixes and enhancements. Requirements: Windows 95/NT. 2.3 MB
Cute FTP - CuteFTP is a Windows-based Internet application
that lets beginners use ftp without having to know many details
about the protocol itself. It simplifies ftp by offering a
user-friendly, graphical interface instead of a command-line prompt.
Requirements: Windows 95. 483 KB
Setting Up Cute FTP
Once you download the setup program for CuteFTP install it to the
default directory and have it put a shortcut in the Start Menu. This
is CuteFTP. Double click on this icon (on your computer) to run
CuteFTP, or open it through the start menu. A shareware message
appears, just click "Ok" to continue the program. When the FTP site
manager box appears on the screen, you probably want to add a
connection to your server. To do this click on the "Add Folder "
button to add a new folder. In the text box labeled "Create New
Folder" enter "yourname's stuff," or whatever you wish to call it.
As you can see, a new folder has now appeared near the top left
corner of the CuteFTP application. Click on your new folder to open
it. Now click on the "Add site " button to add your server name. In
the text box labeled "Site Label" enter the name you wish to give to
the name of your server. e.x. "Website." In the text box labeled
"Host Address" enter the address of your server. e.x.
"timberlandhosting.com." In the text box labeled "User ID" enter
your registered user login name. In the text box labeled "Password"
enter your registered password. In the text box labeled "Initial
Remote Directory" enter the directory you wish to log in to at the
server; leave it blank for default directory. In the text box
labeled "Initial Remote Directory" enter the directory on your
computer where the files you wish to upload are located. For now,
you can leave everything else as is. Now, click the "Ok" button. As
you can see, the "Site Label" has been placed in the top right
corner of the CuteFTP application. Select the server you wish to
connect to, and click the "Connect " button to connect to the
highlighted server. At this point you should be connected to your
If you want to change which server you are connected to, click on
To connect to a server without saving all the information, click on
To disconnect from the server you are connected to, click on
If you wish to view all files horizontally, click Short Directory
If you wish to view all files vertically, click Long Directory
If you wish to sort all files by name, click Sort by Name.
If you wish to sort all files by extension, click Sort by Extension.
If you wish to sort files by size, click Sort by Size.
If you wish to sort files by date click, Sort by Date.
If you wish to search for a filename, click Find.
If you wish to search for the next item containing text you searched
for last, click Find Next. To toggle auto-index, click on Auto Index
To get the remote index, click on Get Index.
To view a file, highlight the file you want view, then click View.
To execute a program, highlight the program you want to run, then
To download a file onto your computer from the server, highlight the
file you want to download, then click Download.
To upload a file from your computer to the server. highlight the
file you wish to upload, then click Upload.
To change directories, click on Change Directory, then type in the
name of the directory you wish to change to.
To return to the parent directory, click on Parent Directory.
To upload in ASCII mode, click on ASCII Mode.
To upload in Binary mode, click on Binary mode.
To upload in auto-detect mode, click on Auto Mode.