An FTP Client is a software designed to transfer files back-and-forth between a computer and a server over the Internet. It needs to be installed on your computer and can only be used with a live connection to the Internet.

With an FTP Client uploading/downloading a file is really easy. Furthermore, FTP clients have some extra features. For example, you can resume a download that did not finish successfully. This is a very nice feature for people with slower Internet connections.

Here are some of the most popular FTP clients that you can install.

  • FileZilla (Window, Mac, Linux | Free)
  • WinSCP (Windows | Free)
  • Cyberduck (Mac | Free)
  • Transmit (Mac  |Free)
  • Notepad++ (Windows | Free) …..

FTP client’s interface is usually divided in two – the panel on the left shows the files and folders on your computer  (Desktop, My Documents, etc,) and the panel on the right displays the files on the remote server (if this is your website hosting account, you will see the public_html folder, where the files of your site are stored).

Use FTP Client


In this tutorial, we will be using FileZilla. You can use any other FTP client that you like. The basic concepts are the same regardless of the software you use. Nevertheless, we recommend that you download as it’s the most effective to use and the most user – friendly. It is an open – source FTP client that was developed for Windows

Use FTP Client

When you open your FTP client, it will ask you to connect to your website using your FTP login credentials.

Your FTP login credentials are send to you via email when you sign up for your WordPress hosting account. You can also find your FTP account information in your hosting account’s cPanel dashboard.

If you cannot find the login credentials, then you can contact your hosting provider to get this information:

  • Host name
  • Username
  • Password
  • port number (maybe)

Once you  have account information, you can access your files by opening FileZilla.