FTP programs are referred to as FTP clients or FTP client software. Whatever you decide to call it, an FTP client is software that you use to connect to your Web server to view, open, edit, and transfer files to and from your Web server.
Using FTP to transfer files requires an FTP client. Many FTP clients are available for download. Here are some good (and free) ones:
In Book II, Chapter 1, you discover how to obtain a hosting account, and in the previous section of this chapter, you discover how to create an FTP account on your Web server. By following the steps in the previous section, you also have the FTP username, password, server, and port information you need to connect your FTP client to your Web server so you can begin transferring files.
For the purposes of this chapter, we use the FileZilla FTP client (http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla) because it's very easy to use, and the cost is free ninety-nine (that's open source geek-speak for free!).
Figure 2-2 shows a FileZilla client that's not connected to a server. By default, the left side of the window displays a directory of files and folders on the local computer.
The right side of the window displays content when the FileZilla ...