A Web Detour
My hosting company told
me to use SFTP, not FTP. What’s the
SFTP, or Secure File Transfer
Protocol, is a more secure version of FTP,
but works mostly the same way. Just make
sure your FTP application supports SFTP
before you make a purchase.
So do I edit my ﬁles on my
computer and then transfer them each
time I want to update my site?
Yes, for small sites, that is normally
the way you do things. Use your computer
to test your changes and make sure things
are working the way you want before
transferring your ﬁles to the server. For
larger Web sites, organizations often create
a test site and a live site so that they can
preview changes on the test site before they
are moved to the live site.
If you’re using a tool like Dreamweaver or
GoLive, these tools will allow you to test
your changes on your own computer, and
then when you save your ﬁles, they are
automatically transferred to the Web site.
edit my ﬁles directly on the
That usually isn’t a good idea
because your visitors will see all your
changes and errors before you have time to
preview and ﬁx them.
That said, some hosting companies will
allow you to log into the server and make
changes on the server. To do that you
usually need to know your way around a
DOS or Linux command prompt, depending
on what kind of operating system your
server is running.
there are no
a trial version you
can download to
try before you buy.
Here’s a few of the most popular FTP applications for Mac and
For Mac OS X:
Fetch (http://fetchsoftworks.com/) is one of the most popular
FTP applications for Mac. $
Transmit (http://www.panic.com/transmit/) $
Cyberduck (http://cyberduck.ch/) FREE
Smart FTP (http://www.smartftp.com/download/) $
asp). FREE for the basic version, $ for the Pro version
Popular FTP applications