After creating a web hosting account at x10Hosting or x10Premium, you’ll probably want to connect to your account via FTP to upload your website’s files. If you’ve never used an FTP client, don’t fret! We’ll go over a few free options that you can try out to find one that fits your preferences perfectly.
FileZilla is the leading free FTP client, and is often the first choice of many users. It is an open source software with a two pane layout that is easy to use for beginners. The interface allows users to view files in any directory, and explore your files with ease and speed. You can edit files remotely with FileZilla, connect quickly with past logins, and simply drag and drop files to upload or download quickly. Another great thing about FileZilla is that it is available on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. So if you’re using more than one computer with different operating systems, you can easily switch between computers without having to learn a new program.
WinSCP is a free open source software FTP client that also offers SSH access. It has a built in terminal, allows remote file editing, and can limit download speed rates. WinSCP has a simple interface, and can save login information for a quick connection to your account. It is a lightweight program that loads up quickly, while allowing users to transfer files quickly with drag and drop. WinSCP only supports the Windows operating system, and may not be a top choice by users who use multiple operating systems. Otherwise, it’s simple layout may be great for users who may get overwhelmed with too many options or windows, as well as users who may want to use SSH access to their website.
Cyberduck is another free FTP client that also supports WebDAV and Amazon S3 browser. Cyberduck is popular amongst Mac OS X users as it supports many Mac technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, QuickLook and Keychain. It offers a simple single pane window that is easy to explore and use, as well as the ability to edit files with your preferred file editor. You won’t have to worry about being overwhelmed with Cyberduck’s single pane interface. Cyberduck is available for both Windows and Mac OS X, and is a great option for Mac users.
Now that you have a few clients to try out, you’re probably wondering what information you should use when trying to connect via FTP. We have a blog post that goes over creating new FTP accounts, as well as accessing the FTP information that you’ll need. If you want to use the default FTP account, you will simply use your cPanel username and password as your login information, and your account’s IP address for the host. Be sure you are following our Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up to date with the latest in webmaster tips, updates for web software, everything x10Hosting, and more!