When a computer is connected to the Internet, WS_FTP can connect to any computer that has a valid Internet address and is running an FTP, SFTP, or HTTP server program. After a connection is established, we can upload files and folders to the web server, and download files and folders from the web server.
When connected to a server, WS_FTP displays the contents of your local computer on the left and the contents of the remote server on the right. WS_FTP provides powerful transfer management tools that are easily accessible and customize-able.
The main screen for WS_FTP LE and WS_FTP Professional both show the local and remote file lists in separate, side-by-side views. The WS_FTP Professional main screen includes advanced security and productivity features, some of which are highlighted below.
What do you need to start?
Connection to a specific website (Connection Wizard)
To make a connection to a remote server and transfer a file:
1. Making the First Connection. When WS_FTP is first opened, the New Connection wizard helps us connect to an FTP, SSH, or HTTP/S server, providing instructions and examples on each screen. The wizard also saves the connection, similar to saving a favorite, so that we can easily re-connect later. (If the wizard is not displayed, from the Connections menu, select New Connection).
2. Transferring a File. After getting connected to a server, we can transfer files in one of three ways:
WS_FTP Features (Taken from Ip switch Website)
The basic features of WS_FTP:
When you “connect” to an FTP site, WS_FTP sends messages to the FTP site and — if the connection is successful — receives messages back from the site. These messages use the Internet’s File Transfer Protocol.
An FTP site consists of an FTP server program located on an Internet host computer.
Many companies and organizations maintain FTP sites (also known as “FTP servers”). These can be:
The following advanced features are available in WS_FTP Professional:
Creating and using hotdrops
HotDrops are shortcuts to remote directories that you can create anywhere on your local system. They appear in the Send To > WS_FTP HotDrops menu with the remote directory name.
You can drag files and folders to the icon and drop them. The files and folders will then be automatically uploaded to that site. The Transfer Manager shows the progress of the transfers.
If you double-click on the file, WS_FTP launches and automatically connects to the site and navigates to the local and remote folders that you identify when you set up the hotdrop.
To set up a HotDrop:
1. Connect to a remote site.
2. Navigate to the directory you want to use as your HotDrop destination.
3. Right-mouse click in the remote pane and select Create HotDrop. The Create HotDrop dialog appears.
4. Verify or enter the location of the destination in the Destination Folder box.
5. Enter the local folder WS_FTP opens when you open this hotdrop from the shell.
6. Click OK.
7. Select where we want to save the HotDrop file, and what we want to call it.
8. Click Save.
Operations (Highly recommended for advanced users)
Directory information (Highly recommended for advanced users.)
It gives the complete details about the directories present on the server.
FTP commands can be used for example File permissions