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Using FTP

The File Transfer Protocol, or FTP, is one of the basic protocols used by Internet software. It allows large files to be moved around on the Internet without the necessity for the sort of excess baggage required by HTML or email protocols. The odds are good that you’ll use FTP to move your podcast to the website—the only question is whether you have to know about FTP. Many of the services of the sort we’ll talk about later in this chapter hide all the FTP details from the user.

If you do have to use a basic FTP program to send your files, you’ll find that it’s not complicated as long as you know a couple of things about the server to which you’re sending. There are a number of shareware or free FTP clients (that’s the software that sits on your computer) available, and all work in pretty much the same way. Figure 8.19 shows one of the clients available for Windows, FTP Commander. In this screen shot, we’ve connected to a basic FTP server, and you can see the files on our local computer on the left, the remote FTP server on the right, and arrows that command files to be moved from one to the other in the middle of the screen.


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