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Recommended free FTP software for charity website management

If you feel confident editing and moving the files that make up your charity website directly on the server, you can use an FTP program to do this. (FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol)

It’s really not complicated, but you do have to be careful as a misplaced or deleted file can cause big problems to your website!

You should be able to get your ftp login information from your charity’s web host, and it will consist of a host address such as ftp.yourwebsite.com, a username (this will usually be the username you use to log in to cPanel on your hosting account, or a similar control panel), and a password (again, the one you use to log in to cPanel).

If you’re ready to go ahead and try FTP’ing, here’s my recommendations for 2 different FTP programs. These are both completely free, with no catch, no ads, no sign up required.

1 – CoreFTP

I’ve been using CoreFTP for years and find it very simple to use with a clean interface. It has a lot of features including – “SFTP (SSH), SSL, TLS, FTPS, IDN, browser integration, site to site transfers, FTP transfer resume, drag and drop support, file viewing & editing, firewall support, custom commands, FTP URL parsing, command line transfers, filters”.

Some of that might not mean anything to you, and honestly I’ve never had a need for half the features, but for use as a basic drag and drop FTP program that *just works*, I definitely recommend it.

2 – FileZilla

FileZilla is another great option, this a very popular FTP program, and it’s ‘open source’. Again, it has all the basic features, and then some.

Either of these programs should provide all you need to manage your charity website files, should the need arise. But do be CAREFUL! And if in doubt, call in an expert.

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