Is there really a need for FTP Clients?

by Big JP
19 replies
It seems everyone who has hosting, has Cpanel, it's a must these days, rite?

So, that led me to wonder, is there any need for an FTP client? As you can easily upload files to your site directly from Cpanel, so why wouldn't everyone just do that???
#clients #ftp
  • Profile picture of the author Scott Murdaugh
    I like Filezilla just because I can store all of my website info, and quickly make changes to any site I need to on the fly.

    I guess you don't "need" an FTP client, but I think it's quicker and easier to use than Cpanel.

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  • Profile picture of the author Victor.L
    If you upload a batch of multiple files , the process is a lot easier and quicker. With Cpanel , its somewhat inconvenient and a Hassle.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Stepp
    I don't know what I would do without FTP! It makes life so much easier.

    Not only is an FTP client great for uploading files, but I have an FTP client that lets me edit files on the fly. I'm a Mac user and use an application called Transmit.

    Using an FTP client also makes changing permissions MUCH easier in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ralf Skirr
    I'm using Filezilla.

    I think it's more comfortable to just use an exe on my pc instead of logging in to cpanel and then click through to the appropriate sub pages.

    Ralf
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  • Profile picture of the author Big JP
    Gathered from all the replies it seems the main reasons for using FTP clients is the ability to keep all your sites detalis in one place ready for quick changes, and also the ease of uploading big amounts of data.

    I think I'll give Filezilla a try, they seem pretty popular.

    Thanks for all the replies Warriors

    JP
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  • Profile picture of the author johnlagoudakis
    Comparing cpanel to ftp is like comparing hotmail to outlook.

    cpanel is great because you can access it from any computer but it is slow to navigate and a pain if you have multiple file uploads.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Unless there was a revolutionary change in cPanel that I don't know of... you can not upload directories (folders), only files. Having in mind that most scripts come with files in folders - you need a FTP client.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    There's also a size limit by default in most cpanel installations. FTP is a must for larger file uploads.

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Peters Benn
    CPanel is completely not suitable for large or batch files. FTP is an absolute must for serious work.
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    • Profile picture of the author halfpoint
      Another vote for FileZilla here. Makes things much, much easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devon Brown
    For me.. Cpanel is slow and clunky and I don't have much control over it. Too many clicks. With Filezilla - I highlight, right-click and zooom it's uploaded.

    Plus with all my websites - it's easy to store all the info right there.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
    You have to select each file for upload with cpanel. FTP saves so much time because you just highlight the files you need and drag them across. Also, as others have said, FTP allows folders to be uploaded, cpanel does not.

    Unless I am changing/uploading one or two files - in which case cpanel is fine; I always FTP.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Peters Benn
    Filezilla is great.

    For those of you suffering with sluggish or non responsive Dreamweaver FTP - try this

    replace the domain name with IP address and the port, like so,

    http://192.18.1.254:21

    That often makes Dreamweaver FTP much better for us.
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    • Profile picture of the author Victor.L
      Originally Posted by Steve Peters Benn View Post

      Filezilla is great.

      For those of you suffering with sluggish or non responsive Dreamweaver FTP - try this

      replace the domain name with IP address and the port, like so,

      http://192.18.1.254:21

      That often makes Dreamweaver FTP much better for us.
      I second that motion. Filezilla NEVER bugged out on me or let me down.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    I used the file manager in cpanel once. What a pain. I can imagine uploading a new theme in a blog installation. One click and drag it to the folder on the server and wait until it is finished. I have never done it in cpanel, but I would have to do each file in the folder one at a time I belive.
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