FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a communication method used to access and exchange files on a remote computer. Typically, FTP software (called a client) is installed on your PC and is used to access a server to transfer files back and forth. FTP is commonly used by people who maintain websites to transfer files to/from a host web server.
Occasionally you may run into a situation where you have a need to use FTP (e.g. to transfer a large file). Instead of installing client FTP software, an option that is available is a web-based (cloud app) solution called net2ftp.
You want to build a website, so you start creating web pages on your computer. Next, you need to publish them: you need to put those pages on a web server so that everyone would be able to view them. To transfer the files from your computer to that web server, a special protocol (transfer method) is used: FTP – the File Transfer Protocol. This protocol was designed to be able to handle big files; it can for example resume a transfer if it was interrupted in the middle.
net2ftp can either be run from your web browser (at net2ftp.com) or can be downloaded, installed and administered (run) directly from a web server.
The advantages of using net2ftp over the client based FTP model is that if you are behind a firewall that may block FTP communications (such as with the client based FTP model), net2ftp is able to break that barrier using a regular web browser.
- Navigate the FTP server
Once you have logged in, you can browse from directory to directory and see all the subdirectories and files.
- Upload files
There are 3 different ways to upload files: the standard upload form, the upload-and-unzip functionality, and the Java Applet.
- Download files
Click on a filename to quickly download one file.
Select multiple files and click on Download; the selected files will be downloaded in a zip archive.
- Zip files
… and save the zip archive on the FTP server, or email it to someone.
- Unzip files
Different formats are supported: .zip, .tar, .tgz and .gz.
- Install software
Choose from a list of popular applications (PHP required on the target server).
- Copy, move and delete
Directories are handled recursively, meaning that their content (subdirectories and files) will also be copied, moved or deleted.
- Copy or move to a 2nd FTP server
Handy to import files to your FTP server, or to export files from your FTP server to another FTP server.
- Rename and chmod
Chmod handles directories recursively.
- View code with syntax highlighting
PHP functions are linked to the documentation on php.net.
- Plain text editor
Edit text right from your browser; every time you save the changes the new file is transferred to the FTP server.
- HTML editors
Edit HTML a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) form; there are 2 different editors to choose from (FCKEditor and TinyMCE).
- Code editor
Edit HTML and PHP in an editor with syntax highlighting (CodePress).
- Search for words or phrases
Filter out files based on the filename, last modification time and filesize.
- Calculate size
Calculate the size of directories and files.