What is a FTP account?

About FTP

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is the protocol that is used to exchange files over Internet. FTP is a well-established transfer protocol. You can easily use it to upload files from your computer to a web server. Some companies use FTP for distributing software updates, forms, patches etc. Although you can use dedicated FTP clients such as CuteFTP, WS_FTP and others, it is easy to connect to FTP servers using your browser if you know the FTP browser syntax.

Internet's TCP/IP protocols are used to enable transferring of data. FTP uses a client-server architecture, often secured with SSL/TLS. So through FTP, it is possible to share files with remote systems using reliable and efficient data transfer.

Users provide authentication using a sign-in protocol, most commonly a username and password, but some FTP servers are configured for accepting anonymous FTP logins where you really don't have to provide your identity details before accessing files.

What is anonymus FTP

This is a method for downloading public files using FTP. Anonymous FTP is called so because you don't need to identification details before accessing files. You’ll enter the word anonymous or ftp when the host prompts you for a username. Provide some password such as your e-mail address or simply the word "guest". In most cases, whenever you access an anonymous FTP site, you will not be asked to provide your name and password.

You can use the Archie search engine to get a list of anonymous FTP sites. You’ll also view the availability of files on each site.

Creating an FTP account

An FTP account helps you to easily upload and manage files on your website. An FTP account is automatically created in cPanel when you sign up for hosting, create a cPanel, or an addon domain or sub-domain or when you enable anonymous FTP.

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