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What is FTP?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:27 am
by webhostingindia
FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a fast and convenient way to transfer files over the Internet. That is why many webmasters use FTP for uploading their websites files on their hosting accounts.

To access FTP you need to install an FTP client software on your PC. You can download it from the below links

FileZilla -

SmartFTP -

How to create FTP accounts

To add new FTP accounts, click on the FTP Accounts icon from the Files box of your cPanel (cPanel is accessible at

On the top of the page you will be prompted for all the necessary details for your new account:

When filling in the details, make sure to pick a strong password for the account. This is important for preventing the so-called brute-force attacks. A strong password will contain at least one number and one special character.

One of the boxes is called "Directory". It determines which will be the home directory of the newly created account. Leaving it blank will allow a full access to your hosting account.

If you are willing to grant such access, you should consider doing this for a limited period of time and then change your password. Otherwise your account could be compromised.

In order to complete the FTP account creation, click on Create at the end of the section.