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WS FTP - Easily upload to your website


Easy to use, feature packed, free edition available

Default interface is ugly, FTP Explorer can be annoying

Recommendable Yes:

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WSFTP is a FTP client from Ipswitch software. It allows you to connect to your website, view the files on it, download them and to upload new pages. There are many FTP programs out there, but I believe this is the best and easiest to use.

WSFTP comes in 2 different flavours - LE and PRO. The LE edition is completely free for non-profit and educational use. Although it doesn't have all the features of the PRO edition, it is still very easy to use, and unlike other free FTP programs, it DOES NOT have adverts running. In this review I will try and mention when a feature is not included in the light edition.

When you start WSFTP you are presented with a list of sites. These are organised into folders and include presets that come with WSFTP plus your own sites. You will have to add the details of your website the first time you connect. You can save as many websites as you like - which is very useful if you run more than one. If you have saved a website, a simple double click will allow you to connect to it. Adding new sites is done using a wizard in the PRO edition, and an info screen in the LE version.

Once you've connected you're presented with the WSFTP interface. This is split into two, one on the left and one on the right. The left is the contents of your computer and the right is the contents of the remote computer (your website). Each side has a set of buttons and between the two sides are the upload and download buttons. Each side also has a text input box so that you can run FTP functions (for advanced users. For example, to show hidden files you could type '-a'). Uploading/downloading could not be simpler, just double click on the file you want to transfer. If the location you are transfering to has a newer version of the file, you are warned. Other functions include delete, make directory, delete directory, change mode (change permissions - linux only) and a few others. One thing which lets down WSFTP is the appearance of this interface - although it is clear, easy to use and feature-packed, it must be said that it is UGLY.

WSFTP EXPLORER (Pro Version Only)
The PRO edition also comes with explorer. This sits on your desktop and is extremely useful for those who want a simple drag and drop function. Upon clicking on the explorer's desktop icon you are showed a folder with a list of your sites in. Double clicking connects to the site and shows it as if it were a folder on your computer! This is very useful, as it allows you to upload/download purely using drag and drop - and makes it even easier to use FTP. One annoying thing about WSFTP explorer is that when viewing webpages in internet explorer, clicking on an FTP link will take you into explorer and force you to make a full fledged anonymous connection to the server. This has caused my computer to crash in the past, but it can be disabled and using a download manager like Getright also solves the problem.

WSFTP is an extremely professional program that is built to do its job - and do it well. Not only is it feature packed but it's easy to use - something rare on todays internet. If you're looking to do it the right, gimmick free way, get yourself a copy of WSFTP LE, and if you want to flash the cash, get yourself a copy of PRO, I know I wouldn't be caught dead without it!
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WS FTP Pro is the market leader in Windows-based FTP (file transfer protocol) client software. WS FTP Pro enables u...


MPN WS-1000, BA-6200, IP-WS-PRO-10-WXX-C65, WS-1000-0800, WS-6600-0802, WS-8400, BA-2300, WS-1000-0900, BA-6100, WS-6300, WS-1000-0802, WS-6400, WS-8300, BA-2200, IPS200520, BA-6300, IPS200810, WS-6200, IP/WS/PRO-1/WXX/C66, WS-8100, WS-8200, BA-2100-0401, WS-8200-0800, BA-2400, BA-6400, WS-8100-0800, BA-2100, BA-1000, WS-6100
Category Internet & communication applications
Subcategory Internet & communication - ftp clients


License Type Complete package
License Qty 1 user, 20 users, 10 users, 100 users, 50 users
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