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  1. #1
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    Good FTP Client Software for Beginners?

    Greetings All !

    You know, the older I get, the more I realize that I tend to fall in love with one product and stick with it forever.

    With that in mind, if somebody who has only basic Internet experience...and basic Windows experience... came to you and asked for a recommendation for some FTP client software for them to use... what would you recommend ?

    Years ago, I started with WS_FTP, the lite version. And I've pretty-much stuck with that ever since. But I'm not all that comfortable with recommending it to somebody who really hasn't installed and played with a lot of software.

    Also, let's not limit this to Windows. I've heard Macs are easier overall... (I used a Mac for quite a while about 7 years ago... but it was hard for me to "convert my thinking" from Windows to Mac!)... but are there any particular Mac FTP clients you'd recommend to newbies ??


    Thanks!

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    CuteFTP or SmartFTP for windows.
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    i use filezilla which is free and excellent. I used to use WSFTP and CuteFTP but i have never looked back since changing

    hth

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    I love my WSFTP, its great! Easy to upload, and chmod your files with.

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    i use FlashFXP which is excellent i used to use cuteftp but i have never looked back since i changed

    you can download the trial at download.com and its $25 to buy

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    My preference with WS FTP too, light, neat, easy to use!

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    My 2 cents.

    Windows: Filezilla for the not-so-never-used-an-FTP-client and SmartFTP for the absolute beginer, both are FREE and easy to use.

    *nux: gFTP

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    Sp0k0

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    Quote Originally Posted by sp0k0
    My 2 cents.

    Windows: Filezilla for the not-so-never-used-an-FTP-client and SmartFTP for the absolute beginer, both are FREE and easy to use.

    *nux: gFTP

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    Sp0k0
    i guess it is down to personal preference but i wouldn't say Filezilla is hard to use. I know many noobies that use it without problems!!

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    I use cute FTP and CORE FTP (http://coreftp.com)
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    http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/ would be my choice as well. It's free and very easy to use.
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    I've used WS FTP lite at some point, I've used SmartFTP and later on Filezilla. All good to me.

    WS FTP was the first FTP client I've ever used. As such I don't think it's that difficult to grasp.
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    Another recommendation for Filezilla - why use anything else, ever?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioactiveFrog
    i guess it is down to personal preference but i wouldn't say Filezilla is hard to use. I know many noobies that use it without problems!!
    I did not say it was difficult, on the contrary. It is fairly easy to use but some people prefer a bit cleaner interface and get somewhat confused when they are presented with a plethora of options and possibilities (I am not saying that SmartFTP does not have these options and possibilities though).

    My weapon of choice under Windows is Filezilla though.

    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan2109
    i use FlashFXP which is excellent i used to use cuteftp but i have never looked back since i changed

    you can download the trial at download.com and its $25 to buy
    I agree,
    FlashFXP is the best FTP client IMO and I've used a lot over the years. It's well worth the $25 if you wish to buy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sp0k0
    I did not say it was difficult, on the contrary. It is fairly easy to use but some people prefer a bit cleaner interface and get somewhat confused when they are presented with a plethora of options and possibilities (I am not saying that SmartFTP does not have these options and possibilities though).

    My weapon of choice under Windows is Filezilla though.

    Regards,

    Sp0k0
    ah i see, sorry, my misunderstanding on what you meant!!

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    I use filezilla and highly recommend it. I've also heard flashFXP is quite good. But sometimes I get clients who just don't get it. For that I give them the easiest ftp client of all - granted it doesn't work as well as the others, but it's easy.

    Internet Explorer. I just provide them a link: ftp://username:[email protected]/their/directory

    IE will then turn into explorer, and will allow the user to drag and drop into that window. Sure, files will timeout and there is no queue whatsoever, but if it wasn't for IE, some of my clients wouldn't even have content on their sites
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    Another vote for FileZilla.. Of course, the fact that it supports sftp helps alot, since ftp is shut down on my server.

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    Maybe this could have been a poll but it does not really matter now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sp0k0
    Maybe this could have been a poll but it does not really matter now.
    maybe we could start a poll...might be useful for the future...

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    Quote Originally Posted by successful
    http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/ would be my choice as well. It's free and very easy to use.
    another vote

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    Thanks very much!

    Thanks for the information, everybody!

    You've mentioned several that I have never heard of, so I will now go check those out!

    -= Dave =-

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    Cyberduck is a good FTP for mac
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    Quote Originally Posted by starfinder
    CuteFTP or SmartFTP for windows.
    easiest thin i have ever used defo those 1ns

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    My favourite is Total Commander. You can't go wrong.
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    Well, I've used Smart & Cute, but found WinSCP really nice since I had to change to a sftp client. Don't really want to go back to the others. Downloading FileZilla now to check it out.

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    Used to use ws_ftp le, then to filezilla (which I loved!) and now to smartftp (which I love even more!)

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    Transmit, RBrowser, and Fetch are all good FTP clients for the Mac.

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    I still use wsftp my self, no reason to change just leave the light version.
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    honestly if they are a novice and using windows.. internet explorer has built in ftp functionality.. I try to keep my windows servers / laptops as "clean" as possible (very little third party software) It's honestly really easy - keeping the whole drag and drop functionality of windows itself.

    I personally use command line ftp built right in - never needed anything more.

    A poll would be an interesting idea to see which is most popular though!

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    ws_ftp = lockups
    cute_ftp = crash with ssh

    filezilla = no problems so far

    gftp = no problems so far

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    FileZilla for sure, why? Well its easier to force it to upload in just Binary or ASCII mode, which can be important at times. It's also free, quck, and light.

    I still do have CuteFTP installed, just in case.
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    Yeah SmartFTP. I love using it, real easy to use... and understand. I used CuteFTP once, but I think it's Trial Software, so that sorta.. put me off it for good, seeing as I had to pay for it.

    As you can probably tell, I'm a cheap-skate!

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    SmartFTP is trial as well, as far as I know. CuteFTP is trial, but if you do some searching around, you'll figure out how to make it 'un-trial'.
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    Hehe, I downloaded SmartFTP trial like... a few days ago, isn't a trial as far as I know... Hmmm. Maybe it is... I just don't know about it, I'm stupid like that and just usually let stuff, usually insignificant stuff, get past me. Meh... I'll go find out now!

    HELL! 30 day trial... now why didn't I notice that, lol.

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    Poll just posted !! (windows version)

    For those of you who suggested there should be a Poll, I just created one !!

    http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=467480


    I thought perhaps it would allow YOU to add options, but apparently, I had to select them when creating the poll. So, I just grabbed all the Windows-platform-related names from this thread.

    Thanks!

    -= Dave =-

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