Web based FTP

Is it an oxymoron? isn’t doing an ftp an always web-based activity? Well yes and no. doing an ftp requires internet connection, so that is the YES. NO because some firewalls block the ports which allows you to do ftp. So what is the solution?

You’ve guessed it – web based ftp like the services of net2ftp. Web-based means that net2ftp runs on a web server, and that you use a browser (for example Internet Explorer or Mozilla). FTP is the communication method to access files on a remote computer. You need it to access your files on the account given by your provider to host your homepage. FTP is different from HTTP in that it was made specially to transfer (big) files. If a transfer is interrupted, with FTP you can resume it where it broke off, whereas with HTTP you can not.

Oh yes, there are other alternative site like Surftp, just google it to find other sites. Personally I have only used net2ftp and it works for me, unless it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do then I think I still will use that service.

You can install net2ftp in your own server, or in most cases, in your own web hosting services. This way you are not totally dependent on the site for the service, especially if you are running a business. of course it will take webspace but only download the light version from their site as most features tend to get neglected anyway.

So what can you do with it? plenty.

Navigate the FTP server
Once you have logged in, you can browse from directory to directory and see all the subdirectories and files.

Upload files
There are 3 different ways to upload files: the standard upload form, the upload-and-unzip functionality, and the Java Applet.

Download files
Click on a filename to quickly download one file.
Select multiple files and click on Download; the selected files will be downloaded in a zip archive.

Zip files
… and save the zip archive on the FTP server, or email it to someone.

Unzip files
Different formats are supported: .zip, .tar, .tgz and .gz.

Install software
Choose from a list of popular applications (PHP required on the target server).

Copy, move and delete
Directories are handled recursively, meaning that their content (subdirectories and files) will also be copied, moved or deleted.

Copy or move to a 2nd FTP server
Handy to import files to your FTP server, or to export files from your FTP server to another FTP server.

Rename and chmod
Chmod handles directories recursively.

View code with syntax highlighting
PHP functions are linked to the documentation on php.net.

Plain text editor
Edit text right from your browser; every time you save the changes the new file is transferred to the FTP server.

HTML editors
Edit HTML a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) form; there are 2 different editors to choose from (FCKEditor and TinyMCE).

Code editor
Edit HTML and PHP in an editor with syntax highlighting (CodePress).

Search for words or phrases
Filter out files based on the filename, last modification time and filesize.

Calculate size
Calculate the size of directories and files.

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