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Master FTP File Transfers On All Of Your Sites With FileZilla

By Ryan Dube2013-01-31

ftp file transfer clientFor those of you that have been around the block a few times when it comes to computers, you must surely recall the days when everything was text-command based. Even after the world of computers gravitated away from VAX or IBM mainframe-centric computing, we still had DOS for a long time. However, even after the advent of Windows, and its many iterations through the years, one of the core functions of that and other operating systems – remote file transfers – remained a largely text-based operation.

After using “GET” and “PUT” commands for so many years, it seemed a bit awkward to start using point-and-click FTP file transfer clients, which offered the promise of never having to type another FTP command again. While the idea felt pretty exciting, I constantly found that those FTP tools were lacking. I guess it’s sort of like how a person that drove a car with a standard stick-shift for years has such a hard time graduating to an automatic. It doesn’t feel like an upgrade. It feels like you have less control, and therefore much less power over what’s going on.

Mark covered the FTP file transfer client FileZilla in 2007, and noted some problems that a large number of FTP clients had hiccups when it came to large file transfers. The apps experienced the usual timeouts that you would expect when the computer sits there for 15 to 30 minutes, transferring massive files. More recently, noticing so many positive reviews around the web for FileZila, I decided to take a closer look at what the latest iteration of the software had to offer. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

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