Have you ever needed to upload multiple large files to your WordPress website or modify file permissions? By default, WordPress’ back-end doesn’t allow you to bulk upload media files or modify file permissions. However, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) enables WordPress site owners to access the web server directly to take care of these tasks and more.
In this post, we’ll cover the basics of FTP and discuss why you might need to use it for your WordPress site. We’ll also recommend three of the best FTP clients for WordPress users. Finally, we’ll wrap up with a quick tutorial on how to get started with WordPress FTP.
Let’s get right to it!
An Overview of FTP
FTP is a network communication protocol that gives you direct access to a remote web server. You can use FTP to transfer files between your computer and the server, modify file and directory permissions on the server, download files from the server to your computer, and more. In a nutshell, FTP enables webmasters to manage files on a web server without having physical access to the server.
FTP was developed in the 1970’s by an MIT student with the purpose of allowing files to be securely transferred between host servers and client computers. Since then, it’s undergone several revisions as the internet has evolved. FTPS and SFTP are secure alternatives to the original FTP specification which take modern-day internet security concerns into account.
Why You Need FTP for WordPress
Over the course of 12 years, WordPress has grown tremendously into a complete content management solution. In fact, it is entirely possible to build and maintain a WordPress website without ever having to fire up an FTP client.
You can create content, upload files, and even add custom CSS and PHP code to your website files right from the WordPress dashboard. At this point, isn’t it safe to say that WordPress users don’t need FTP at all?
Well, no. As powerful as it is, the WordPress backend can’t handle everything.
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