All “FTP Hosting” Services Are Not Created Equally!

Selection of right FTP hosting

Looking for a secure and efficient procedure to exchange information over the Internet? FTP hosting service comes will all the features, which allow you to share information in the form of large digital files. It is the selection of a right FTP hosting that matters and fulfill your business objectives.

Be it a small home business or an MNC, people are taking the advantage of FTP hosting service. There is nothing better than FTP hosting service for a business process that requires frequent communication in the form of sending digital files to clients and customers.

It is recommended to do thorough research on FTP hosting service providers. You will find several FTP hosting service providers offering more or less same facilities to their clients. You have to select an FTP service based on following features:

  • Price
  • Bandwidth
  • Number of User Accounts
  • Quality of the Service with FTP Software support
  • Technical Support

Select FTP service based on Price

Each FTP hosting service provider offers several FTP service plans available at different monthly or yearly packages.

For example, consider ‘InstantFTPsites.com’ that provides wide array of FTP services ranging from $12.50/month to $3000.00/month. Prices are determined based on the features, which are available in a FTP hosting plan.

UltimateFTP.net, on the other hand, determines the price based on the number of users. The price per user is inversely related with the number of users. For the Basic FTP hosting package cost is $40.00 per month. This package includes 40 user accounts and 2GB of storage space.

Select FTP service based on Storage Size

In general, it can be said that the price of FTP hosting service depends on the size of allocated space and the number of private FTP accounts. The objective should be to register for FTP hosting service by optimizing the space and the number of private FTP accounts to access the allocated space in the server. The market of FTP hosting service has become competitive. FTP service providers are offering trial period or money back guarantee, to attract more customers.

Select FTP service based on Bandwidth

FTP Client is another component of FTP hosting service that supports communication between a remote computer and FTP server. You have to select FTP hosting service based on the bandwidth offered by the service provider. ‘Bandwidth’ matters when it is a question of transferring large files over the Internet. You have to ensure high bandwidth FTP access for fast communication.

Select FTP service based on Speed

Apart from price and bandwidth selection of FTP service largely depends upon the features of FTP Client. Some remarkable FTP Clients are – WS FTP, FTP Voyager, Cute FTP and 3D-FTP. Here the term ‘speed’ refers to ‘Kilobyte Per Second’ or ‘Kbps’ for uploading or downloading files from the server. Among the given four FTP Client, it is observed that the speed of 3D-FTP 6.0 is six times faster than Cute FTP 5.0XP. Compared to Cute FTP 5.0XP, speeds of uploading and downloading files are quite faster for FTP Voyager 9.1, WS FTP Pro 7.5 and 3D-FTP 6.0. Further the speed of 3D-FTP 6.0 is three times faster than WS FTP Pro 7.5. However, the above comparison has done based on the speed of downloading file from the FTP server.

Select FTP service based on Private FTP Accounts

FTP hosting service allows you to transfer files between two computers located at remote area. You can create multiple private FTP accounts with user name and password. User who has FTP account can only access the server and perform necessary tasks like – uploading and/or downloading files, storing files in the server, removing files from the server etc. Therefore you have to select the number of FTP user accounts based on the requirement of your business process. The price of FTP hosting service depends upon the number of private FTP accounts.

The number of private FTP accounts is specified by FTP service providers. Since FTP service providers offers several hosting plans therefore you have to select a plan based on your required number of private FTP accounts.

Apart from all these features (storage space, bandwidth, speed, number of FTP account), the cost of FTP hosting service depends upon several other features like Dynamic DNS Integration, SSL or TLS secured FTP service, File Control, Access Control and online technical support. Finally, it can be said that make a thorough comparison between available FTP hosting service plans and select a service for your business process that supports quick delivery of files over the Internet.

The “Right Size” FTP Site For Your Business!

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is an efficient and secured communication protocol to share or transfer large files from one computer to another, which is located at remote area and connected with World Wide Web. In general we are familiar with Email for exchanging information over the Internet. It is observed that Email is not an efficient medium to serve all the purposes of sharing digital information. General Email services do not support large files moreover, the type of the files matters for some services. Since the upper limit of the file size is specified in Email service therefore you can’t send large files over communication network.

FTP hosting services, on the other hand, allow us to transfer large digital files by protecting the content from unauthorized entities. Initially files are uploaded in the FTP server, which is a registered space in the server allocated for the user. This allocated space is known as FTP site and stores all the files, which are uploaded by the client. People who are authorized to access the allocated site can access the files through their individual FTP account. In HTTP the size of the file matters but in FTP you are free to transfer large files irrespective of their content and type.

General objective of File Transfer Protocol are:

  • Sharing/transferring digital files over the Internet irrespective size and type
  • Encouraging indirect use of remote computer
  • Maintaining the privacy of the content using file storage system

Upload Large Files

The size and number of files depend upon the space that is allocated for you in the FTP site. If you have 3GB space in your FTP server then depending on that you can upload files in the server. FTP hosting service will allow you to upload files in the server based on the remaining free space of your FTP server. You cannot exceed the space that is allocated for you. Files are uploaded in the server as a copy. Files, which are uploaded in the FTP server, will automatically occupy some space based on their individual size.

It is recommended to zip the files before uploading them in the server. This will reduce the actual size of the file and help you to save space. Moreover FTP hosting service comes with the feature of splitting up a large file in multiple parts. This will reduce the size of each part and increase the speed of transferring files in a FTP server from a remote computer. The allocation of space varies from one user to another based on their choice. You are free to select the space for your FTP site. You have to pay more to the FTP hosting service provider to get sufficient space. It is observed that if you have standard FTP service, you can easily share or transfer files of size around 300MB. However, as it was told earlier, that the size of the files will depend upon the selection of FTP service.

Store files in the FTP server

You have to mention the duration of FTP service during the registration process. Based on your application, FTP hosting service provider will allocate space for you in the FTP site that will remain active for a given period. Files, which are uploaded in the server, will stay unaffected unless any authorized user removes that file from the server. So if you do not delete any uploaded file from the server it will remain there till the end of your FTP service period.

Therefore, the duration of storing files in the FTP server depends upon the choice of the individuals. FTP hosting service provider will allocate a service period based on your choice. You have to pay more to get long term FTP hosting service.

Number of Client

FTP Client and FTP Server are two major components of FTP hosting service. You can upload or download files from FTP server through FTP client. You can allocate number of clients based on the requirements of remote users in the business process. Moreover, from the administration panel you can set permission to read and/or write the files. Based on your request FTP hosting service provider will allow you to create the specified number of clients to exchange information. The cost for FTP hosting service will depend upon the number of clients. On the other hand, there will be an impact on the allocated space in the server by changing the number of client. The frequency of file transmission may increase if you create more clients for the allocated space in the FTP server. This may reduce the size of free space in the FTP server. Therefore, it is recommended to optimize the number of FTP client for a server based on the requirement in the business process.

FTP Packages

The features of FTP hosting services are designed to support stable and secured communication process. FTP package or FTP software are used to upload or download files of any size and/or type to and from external and internal servers. FTP package provides reliability, data integrity and efficient service during the transaction process. Connections are initiated by the remote file transfer server (commonly known as FTP Client) following web-based transfer protocols like – FTP, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP with SSL, TSL or SSH. Selection of FTP package depends upon the choice of the customer.

Web Hosting Guide – How to Use FTP

There are 2 most common way how can web hosting customers upload their websites to the server. Beginners use very often online file manager because it is very easy solution for them. They don’t need to set up any connection to the server. They only need to know their user name and password to log in the control panel. More experienced users prefer FTP connection – using this way require some knowledge about the connection setup. But when this step is done then uploading files using this method is many times quicker and more comfortable. In this article I am going to explain step by step how to use the FTP.

FTP means File Transfer Protocol. To connect to your web hosting account using FTP you will need to download and install some of many FTP managers. Personally, I recommend to use Total Commander. The first reason why I recommend this software is the fact that there is a big chance you have already this program in your computer. Total Commander is not only FTP manager but also file manager like Windows Explorer. But comparing with Windows Explorer it is more user friendly. Total Commander 30 days trial can be downloaded for free. After 30 days it will continue to work without any restrictions but regarding the license you should buy it if you are going to use it after one month. If you decide to use another file manager the next steps will be not exactly same but if you will understand the principles you should be able to use any FTP software of your choice.

So, when you installed Total Commander double-click its icon on the desktop. You will see the dialog asking you to press a number (1, 2 or 3). Click the correct number and you will be able to start using the program. In the next step we will setup the connection to your web hosting account. You will see a few icons in the top. Click the FTP icon and on the right menu click New Connection. The first row is called Session. You can fill in this field anything you want – it will be the name of your FTP connection. If you will create more connections the session name will help you to orientate yourself.

To fill in next 3 lines you will need to log in you web hosting control panel. There should be a link called like FTP accounts or FTP access. Under this link you will find the values for host name, user name and password. It is also possible that you will need to create the FTP account first.

The next fields are optional and you will probably not need deal with them. Only using Remote Dir field may be useful time from time because you can save your time by using it. If your files are stored e. g. at public_html folder, fill in public_html there and anytime you will connect to your server you will jump instantly to this folder instead of the root. It is also recommended to check the Use passive mode for transfers like a WWW browser.

Now click OK button and connect to your web server by double-clicking the connection name you have created. Now you can work with files stored in your web hosting storage in the same way how you work with files in your hard drives. Your storage will appear as another drive. Use F5 to upload or download files and F8 to delete them.