BlueHost provides their clients with the user-friendly control panel, cPanel, which acts as their file manager. It’s available on many hosting accounts and servers, allowing you to easily manage many aspects of your web hosting account or server. But while you can download and upload files with cPanel, using an FTP on your web host would still be the best way to transfer files.
FTP services are offered by most hosting companies. It’s quite popular due to the convenience it provides to users. FTP services are designed to incorporate your work with the file system. These services help you share large amounts of files with people around the world.
FTP is short for “File Transfer Protocol”. It is one of the most important functions of the Internet. It is a standard network protocol that’s used to transfer computer files and data from one host to another. It is built on a client-server architecture and uses separate control and data connections between the client and the server.
FTP is the most suggested method of transferring files. Web hosting service providers also offer their customers with FTP access so they can easily download or upload files on their website. These hosting providers have FTP servers that allow users to transfer files to the server. It is usually used for transferring large files that cannot be sent via email.
What to Consider When Using an FTP Service
FTP hosting services are important for anyone who’s running a website. These are services that allow users to easily transfer files to and from their website. Some web hosting service providers even offer backup services and/or additional storage.
When selecting an FTP hosting service, you need to consider the following:
The number of hacking and online theft cases all over the world is quite alarming. As a website owner, you should be more cautious, unless you want to be victimized. Your website’s security is a big deal, especially if you’re running an online business or a website that requires people’s personal information. With all that said, you need to look for a web hosting provider who can provide you with file encryption, virus protection, and other kinds of protection for your website.
Customer and Tech Support
For those who are new or unfamiliar with web development, you might find it difficult to set up or customize your own website. In any case, it’s important that your chosen hosting provider can immediately respond to and provide the assistance you need.
A good web hosting company should have a Help Center, complete with guides, tutorials, detailed FAQs, and forums for the customers’ reference. You should also be able to contact their tech support team 24/7 in the event that your website is having technical issues. A good tech support team should be comprised of experts who can readily assist you on any technical problem.
Bandwidth and file capacity are important factors in transferring files. Bandwidth is the amount of data being used on your account. A good FTP provider does not limit your bandwidth use or file capacity. Besides bandwidth capacity, you should also consider a hosting provide that offers file syncing so you can easily access your files wherever you are.
File Tracking Access
As a business owner, you need to keep a close eye on every aspect of your business. That’s why it’s important that you have complete control over your web hosting account. A web hosting provider should also allow you to control users who can access your files. You might also want a record of all your activities (i.e. date and time when files were downloaded or uploaded).
How to Create an FTP Account on BlueHost
To access the FTP Manager, you need to do the following steps:
- Log in to your BlueHost account.
- Once you’re logged in, click on Hosting found at the top of the screen.
- Click on cPanel link found at the top.
- From the File Management section, click on FTP Manager.
Once you’ve accessed the FTP Manager, you need to follow these instructions to create an FTP account:
- From under the Add FTP Account section, enter a username. Take note that your domain name will automatically be added to the end.
- Enter a password you’d like to use in the Password and Password (Again)
- Choose a directory where your FTP account can have access to.
- Select a quota. You can choose unlimited or apply a maximum size for your FTP account.
- Once you’re done, click the Create FTP Account
It’s worth noting that most FTP connections require 4 entries for you to successfully connect and transfer files. These are:
- Domain name or IP address
- Port (Usually port 21)