File Transfer Protocol – otherwise known as FTP. You might wonder what’s so important about FTP and how useful is it really? Well, let me give you a real life scenario. I was working on a project where I took a number of photographs, that were between 1 1/2 in 2 MB in size. I also took a few videos which were between 678 MB and 1.3 GB. Getting the pictures uploaded to a colleagues WordPress website was no problem. And after a bit of wrangling with the server he was able to increase his download capacity to 1 GB. And then helped to get the smaller video uploaded. But the problem came when I needed to upload the 1.2 and 1.3 GB videos. And that’s when FTP was a necessity.
Now mind you, I used to use FTP decades ago when it was really the only way to transfer files. But in this day and age things changed a little bit, not much, but a little. So I downloaded FileZila and began to set up… Now that’s where I ran into a snag. You’re trying to remember something from 10-20 years ago when it comes to computer set up? Good luck!– After tinkering with it for about two and half hours late into the evening I know it’s time to stop and take it up again in the morning. I mean I tried everything, on the FileZila’s help support and really, I tell you that, if you don’t really understand what the help is about and you start following their directions you can really get lost and really screw things up! Now I didn’t really screw things up too bad but I definitely felt lost in the forest reading about it. But then I guess that’s true for most software’s when you’re just learning… It’s really not as simple as we are led to believe.
But thank goodness for technology… In the form of Skype. My colleague, Dave Keys, who has been using FTP for a while now and is the person that I was trying to upload the files to, jumped in and walked me through the fix which literally took about 30 seconds. And in all the reading I did in the 2 1/2+ hours previously no where did I read where that fix was. But, now I know how to use FTP, I’ll surely use it far more often because it is truly not that difficult and very simple to use. Kind of like using a knife and fork and dinner, after you get the hang of it you can do it without looking… Ha ha.
So I guess the bottom line is, thank you Dave, and use FTP wherever possible. And since I’m a Firefox advocate I would suggest FileZilla, as it is very easy to use… Basically drag-and-drop in your good to go.