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What is an FTP client?

There are several ways to upload files to your website, but the most commonly used and most versatile is 'FTP' (File Transfer Protocol). In order to upload your files using FTP, you need to use what is known as an 'FTP client'.

The FTP client is the program you run on your computer that connects to our server and uploads or downloads files from your webspace.

Popular FTP clients include Filezilla, SmartFTP, CuteFTP, Fetch and the Firefox Add-on FireFTP. Each has different features, but all do basically the same job - that is transferring files to and from your website.

Once your files are uploaded to the 'public_html' or 'www' directory of your website, you'll be able to view them online. These directories are one in the same, so it doesn't matter which you use. Technically speaking, 'www' is a symlink to 'public_html'.