Website Terminology Glossary
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to transfer files from one host to another over a TCP-based network, such as the internet. FTP allows users to upload, download, and manage files on a remote server, making it a popular tool for web developers and administrators.
FTP clients are software applications that allow users to connect to a remote server using FTP and transfer files between the local machine and the remote server. To use FTP, users need to have access to an FTP server and a username and password to authenticate themselves.
FTP has several advantages, including the ability to transfer large files quickly, support for resume and recovery, and compatibility with multiple operating systems. However, because FTP sends data in clear text, it is not considered a secure protocol and should be used with caution, especially when transferring sensitive data. SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) and FTPS (FTP over SSL) are more secure alternatives to FTP.