FTP Hosting

What Is FTP?
FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is one of the most common methods of moving files across the Internet. FTP can be either anonymous or private. An anonymous file transfer does not require either user to log in with a username and password and, as such, it is considered extremely unsafe. In comparison, a private FTP file transfer requires full logins be used by all users. This not only allows for a greater level of security but it also means that access priorities and specifications can be given to each user that does have a log in. One user may be given full privileges with their logon details while another may only be given access to download a single file.

Finding An FTP Host For Your Website
Once you have an FTP client it shouldn’t be difficult to find an FTP host. Because it is such a common way to transfer files, and was in use long before the Internet, most hosts do offer this feature. You will be given a username and password that you will use to log onto your server. These details will be given only to you and will only grant you access to the files and folders on that server that belong to your domain. Using FTP hosting allows for simple and quick uploading and downloading of files and pages to and from your host server.

Advantages Of FTP
FTP is actually a more secure method of transmitting large amounts of data than using email. It is also quicker and more convenient. By using FTP you can prevent hackers, as well as ensure that no malicious software is attached to your transmission. With email this isn’t necessarily the case. Using FTP also means that you can generally provide access to your website files and folders to anyone who might require it. With good FTP hosting you can also restrict the level of access that is granted to each FTP user.

FTP Hosting With No Website
Specific FTP hosting is offered as a means for you and your colleagues, customers, and vendors to send large amounts of data without becoming frustrated by the inability of email accounts. This type of FTP hosting is quite different to a web host that offers site hosting with FTP access. You essentially receive a portion of a server along with the associated bandwidth, which is usually a high monthly allowance in this case, and the access you need. You are then free to create FTP users through your administrator account and provide the information to anyone who requires it.

Checking Your Bandwidth Allowance
Because of the amount of data you are likely to be sending and receiving, one of the most pertinent factors regarding FTP hosting is the bandwidth. The bandwidth determines exactly how much data can be sent, in total, every month so generally the greater the bandwidth the better for you and other users. Be aware that should you exceed the allowed bandwidth you are likely to either be unable to send any further files through your FTP account or you will be charged a premium rate for any excess usage. Neither of these are desirable so ensure that you receive enough bandwidth for your needs.

How Much Disk Space Is Being Offered?
You should also consider the amount of disk space on offer. You will need to store files on the server while you wait for your customers or others to download the files. Most FTP hosting accounts are not too stringent with regards to the disk space because it is common for files to be added and removed once finished with. Look for accounts that offer a soft cap, which allows you to exceed your disk space allowance without incurring a penalty, as long as you don’t exceed it by too much. This means you can continue to send and receive files.

Other Factors To Consider With FTP Hosting
Other factors to consider include technical support availability, because things can go wrong, how easy the system is to use, and the company itself. Try to do some research into how long a provider has been active and always look at the testimonials. If you are ever in any doubt then you should broaden your research to the Internet. Look for user reviews of the company you are considering to see whether customers have had bad experiences. Most companies will have had one or two bad reviews, and this small amount shouldn’t be a cause for concern but regular poor service means you are likely to face the same fate.