A File Transfer Protocol client is a form of software/ server that a person can use to send large files from one computer to another. It is extremely useful because there are many files that are just too large to send via an e-mail service provider or other methods. The problem with sending large files via e-mail is that most e-mail service providers have a size limit that cannot be changed, and thus you have to break-up large files into smaller sections and send them one e-mail at a time. So, in essence, FTP clients make it much easier since you can send it all in one fell swoop. That is the main benefit of FTP software, but there are many more benefits that the FTP client provides. For example, the FTP client can also be used to back up files on a personal computer. One of the best ways to have a back up storage of image files is to store them on an FTP server, much like having a virtual, indestructible photo album.
At first, it may seem pretty confusing using an FTP client, but it is actually pretty easy to navigate once you get the hang of it. In the end, it is a very easy process. Here are some steps that you can follow in order to back up images via FTP:
Step 1. Download An FTP Client (If You Do Not Already Have One)
I know it seems obvious, but you will want to find the best FTP client for your computer. Apple has Fetch and Windows has plenty of options (none of which are already built into the Windows operating system.)
Step 2. Connect To The FTP Server
Once it is downloaded, you can connect to the FTP server. All you need to know is your user id, your password and the host server that you are connecting to (essentially, the person you are sharing your files with.)
Step 3. Download The Files
Once you are connected to the server, you can download the image files onto the server and then you can share them with whoever you want and you can store them on the independent server forever.
Step 4. Organize The Images
Once the images are downloaded onto the FTP server, you can organize the images in whatever folders you want. Organization is key because it can get pretty easy to lose track of all the information you store on an FTP client.
Warren G. is a freelance writer for a variety of news and arts web sites, nature and wildlife magazines, small community newspapers in Southern California and a host of other web sites, marketing materials, short stories and poems. When he is not writing, he is most likely sleeping. When he is writing, he has to constantly use File Transfer Protocol (FTP – sharefile) clients and providers to send large amounts of files and information to his editors and bosses.