Find which are the best FTP clients for you

An FTP client is a program that allows connecting to our server to view and access the files that have stayed there. There are many alternatives, free and paid, simpler and more complex, but here we are going to see the most popular ones. And also the ones that you can use in your WordPress based website.

FileZilla

FileZilla is one of the most popular FTP clients because you can install it on any operating system and is free (also open source). It is even possible that your hosting provider already has documentation on how to connect to your server with FileZilla, due to its popularity.

FileZilla includes a lot of features, including:

  • Support for FTP, FTP protocols with SSL / TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).
  • Drag and drop upload files 
  • Filters by name, directory synchronization and remote file editing.
  • Custom configuration transfer speeds.

Cyberduck

Cyberduck is an FTP client with an interface much more attractive for users than FileZilla, although this only works for Windows or Mac systems. As an advantage, is open source too.

This client allows access (File Transfer Protocol), SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer), WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning), Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Rackspace Cloud Files Backblaze B2 and FTP servers.

It also allows remote file editing, file synchronization and integration with notifications own operating system.

WinSCP

WinSCP is a free FTP client for Windows that also supports SSH connections. It also allows you to rename files and directories, create new directories, modify files and folders properties and create symbolic links and shortcuts.

By using dual panels you can also manage files on your local computer,

If you use Windows, it may be easier to use WinSCP than FileZilla because the interface is more integrated with the operating system.

Transmit

Transmit is an FTP client like Cyberduck, but with more options. It is a very interesting alternative. Of course, you have to check your wallet because is paid and the price is $ 34 and only serves to Mac systems.

Among its features offers most options that we have seen in previous programs, such as support for FTP, SSH, WebDAV or Amazon cloud services. The interface is very simple to use and is faster than other programs in terms of file transfer.

Final conclusion

If you've never used an FTP client to access your WordPress server files, I encourage you to try. Install an FTP client is very easy (as easy as installing a program on your operating system), and using it is not so dramatic.

If your hosting has provided you access credentials to the server (a user, password and server address), you must create a new connection in FTP client and place chosen to connect. If all goes well, you will see the remote file system and can work with it.

Try your credentials and try to connect to your remote server. If you get used to using it, you can quickly fix problems (remove plugins or contentious issues, for example) or even download all as a backup.