What is an FTP Client?
FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is designed to transfer files between a local computer and a remote site, in our case based on WordPress. Additionally, FTP can be used to download, upload and manage files or to change the access rights to files or directories posted on the site.
An FTP client is file transfer software that makes it easy to send files from your computer to the server and back, and more. It is a crucial tool for website development, content management, and file sharing. To access files via FTP, users enter credentials, and once connected, they can navigate the server's directory structure and transfer files by dragging&dropping or using certain commands.
Choosing the Right FTP Client
The first thing you should always take into account is security. No matter what anyone tells you, all the fancy graphics in the world and bonus features don’t hold a candle to great security. This means that you will want the software to come with support for SFTP as well, with encrypted end-to-end communications, and also have the ability to encrypt personal data stored on any of your online connections.
The next thing you should have in mind is to make sure that the interface design is user-friendly, easy to use, and does not require any complicated set of actions to perform basic tasks. This is really important because you will have to spend a lot of time in this application if you are managing servers.
The last step is to make sure that all of the other bonus features are on par with what you are looking for. For example, the ability to pause uploads, a built-in text editor, or even encrypt files directly from the app. All of these features should be taken into account before downloading the software.
Last but not least, you should consider the price. If your budget is limited, you might want to go for a free, open-source option that has fewer features but does not break your wallet. While FTP\FTPS\SSH file transfer protocols are supported for free, PRO versions usually provide more functionality, such as the ability to work with WebDAV, Amazon S3, Google Drive, Dropbox and transfer files and archives between remote servers and cloud services. So, if you are someone who enjoys premium apps and wants to get the best possible experience, you might want to take a look at the ones that come with a price tag.