File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a means of transferring files to and from your computer and a server at a higher rate of speed than standard uploading and downloading. In order to use FTP for uploading and downloading, you need a special program known as an FTP client. This software will allow you to both upload and download files easily via FTP, but first must be installed and configured. In order to install and set up your FTP client, you must do the following:
- Purchase or download the FTP client that you wish to install. Some popular FTP clients are free to download, while others have a nominal fee; some clients also offer limited bandwidth transfers for free but require you to purchase a full license if you wish to make use of all of the features at full speed.
- Launch the installation program. If you are installing your FTP client from a CD or DVD, insert the disc into your CD-ROM or DVD drive and either let the installation program auto run or browse to the disc and select it. If you are installing from a downloaded version of the FTP client, double-click the installer to begin installation.
- Follow the on-screen prompts. The FTP client's installer should ask you for an installation location, registration information and may ask for a few additional pieces of information as well. Fill out all required information whenever prompted by the installer.
- Finish the installation. You may need to reboot your computer to finalize any changes to your system that were made by the installer.
- Launch the FTP client. The first time you launch the client you may be asked to register the product or to enter a license key if you have not already done so. You will also likely be taken to a setup wizard to help you customize your FTP client's settings. If the client that you choose doesn't have a setup wizard, you should still be able to use the software with no problems due to it having generic settings by default.
- Configure your firewall for use with the FTP client. The first time that you try to connect to a Web site or server with your FTP client, you may receive a warning from your firewall software. Choose the option to allow the FTP client to access the Internet so that your firewall won't cause problems with your file transfers.
Once you have installed your FTP client and run it the first time, you should be set up to connect to the Web sites or servers of your choice. Make sure you have the username and password for the servers you will connect to, unless you know that the server allows anonymous connections.