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By using FTP, you have an automatic backup - If you use FTP you will be editing your files locally on your own computer. As you make changes you will copy files up to your host's computer. This means no matter what happens to your host, even if their computer is totally destroyed, you've got a copy of your site on your own disk. The reverse is also true - if your computer is trashed you can recover your site from your host's system.
FTP gives you control - You can choose whether to transfer in binary (executables and compressed files) or ASCII (text files) as needed. This is an advantage over FrontPage, which does not give you choice. This means you cannot use FrontPage to upload your site if you use, for example, CGI routines.
Some good FTP projects include following.
AceFTP - http://www.visicommedia.com/aceftp/
This FTP client has ability to do multiple tasks at same time. This means you can start a long copy, look at site and copy some smaller files all at same time.
AutoFTPPro - http://www.primasoft.com/32org/32ftpro.htm
Has ability to schedule transfers for selected times. The template feature allows you to create a pattern which can make future transfers much easier.
CuteFTP - http://www.internet-tips.net/Products/cuteftp.html
This is product that I like to use. It is very easy to use, with a simple interface that allows drag and drop.
KnoWare, Inc - http://www.knowareinc.com/
Several different FTP clients. FtpNetdrive maps an FTP site as a drive letter, which integrates it directly into your desktop. Internet Neighborhood adds FTP site directly to your network neighborhood. These are both very nice products.
WebDrive - http://www.riverfrontsoftware.com/
WebDrive is a Windows 95/98/NT FTP software client that allows you to map an Internet FTP site to a local drive utilizing standard FTP protocol. This enables you to connect to an FTP site and perform familiar file operations like copy, xcopy, and directory functions with Windows explorer, a DOS box, or any other application like Microsoft Word, Excel, etc. WebDrive instantly FTP enables any application that reads or writes files by allowing application to read files from or write files to FTP site.
WS_FTPPro - http://www.ipswitch.com/Products/WS_FTP/index.html
Another very nice FTP client with scheduling, speed and integration into browser. This allows you to enter ftp:// in address bar of browser to call up program.
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