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Freeware of the Week! [FileZilla]

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I know that this blog is hosted on the WordPress.com domain, but I have had cause in the past to manage my own domains, to upload and synch files to a distant server, and to manage files that others might download. For these tasks, I have always used FileZilla.

FileZilla is a cross-platform client that supports FTP, SFTP and FTPS for the transfer of files between your hard drive and your host or server. It is incredibly easy to use, even for newbies, and hosts a wealth of features that should satisfy all but the most pernickity of uploaders.

Not only does the program let you naviage between folders and websites, but you can also perform multiple file transfers simultaneously. In addition, rather than queuing files, there is support for a drag and drop function, as well as customisable transfer speed limits and filename filters.

When you first set up an FTP transfer, FileZilla can be asked to remember your settings to save you the worry of remembering them the next time you want to transfer a file. In adidition, should your connection ever be interrupted, there is also a resume function for files.

Even for the greenest newbie, FileZilla is incredibly easy to use, and while some hosting companies offer their own file transfer, I would always prefer to use this standalone program. If you want to have complete control over your files, including a log as to which files you have downloaded and when, download and install FileZilla today. Trouble-free uploading is only a few clicks away.

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2 Comments

  1. Kelvin says:

    Hmm, I work extensively with Filezilla so this hits right home. Filezilla really is the best.

    However, the net speeds in Kenya are often not the best and while Filezilla outperforms all other ways of moving files to/fro a server, it performs rather poorly when internet speeds are low – sometimes it uploads files but incomplete, others it just logs you out of the server annoyingly.

    Through experience, trial and error, I found a fix for this, sort of. I don’t know why this works to be honest, but it does – for me at least.

    Filezilla portable outperforms the full scale Filezilla when net speeds are low. I don’t know why.

    Filezilla Portable: http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/filezilla_portable

  2. Inari says:

    Thanks for the tip. It might be differences in the way Filezilla Portable is coded that makes it more stable for low net speeds, but I can’t be certain.

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