Mac OSX: Popular FTP Clients and How To Set Them Up

The following is a write up on popular FTP clients built for the Mac and how to set them up with your TCH account.

FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, allows you to view, download and upload files to your server / website. It also allows you to edit your server’s file structure and system remotely. In order to utilize this protocol you’ll need a FTP Client. We tested a wide range of FTP Clients available and decided to review the select few that we found to be the best.

First, Cyberduck.

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Version: 4.2.1
Developer: Swiss Made Software
Price: Free / $23.99 (donation through Mac App Store)
Platforms: Mac OSX and Windows.
Download: Cyberduck 4.2.1

Cyberduck has long been the preferred by most Apple users. It is built for fast and easy use with a fast connection making bookmarks list and a clean layout. Though this application was made to be a File Transfer Protocol Client, some features you can enjoy with this app are, WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning), Amazon S3, Windows Azure, Rackspace Cloud Files and even Google Drive. While this application is free, you can remove the pop-up ads by either buying it through the Mac App Store or donating through their site.

SETUP:
1. Open Cyberduck and click on “Open Connection.”
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2. When prompted, enter your information (Host, Username, and Password) into the designated boxes. For Host you should enter ftp.yourdomain.com (replacing yourdomain.com with whatever your real domain name is) and then enter your created Username and Password.
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When completed, Cyberduck should look like this.
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3. If asked to change to FTP-SSL over FTP, click either change or continue depending on whether your server supports FTP-SSL. Most servers, especially web-severs, do. I recommend choosing “change” because it is a more secure connection protocol.
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4. There you go! You should now be able to view your server’s files.
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Second, FileZilla

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Version: 3.6.0.2
Developer: The FileZilla Project
Price: Free
Platforms: Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux.
Download: FileZilla 3.6.0.2

FileZilla is a reliable but seemingly barebones competitor. Unlike Cyberduck, you can’t enjoy the same compatibility features of WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning), Amazon S3, Windows Azure, Rackspace Cloud Files and Google Drive. While it always does its job as an FTP Client well, FileZilla seems to lack some tidiness in it’s user interface. However, some may prefer this user interface to others because it has a very “all out there” look, meaning that basically everything (with a few exceptions) you need to see or use to complete your transfer or edit, is right in the main window of FileZilla’s interface. This can be a pro or a con depending on the user, some may describe its interface as busy, while others describe it as space saving and efficient. Another great aspect of FileZilla is that its cross-platform, so there is no need to learn how to use FTP clients across multiple operating systems. At the end of the day FileZilla does a great job of being a FTP client.

SETUP:
1. Open FileZilla and enter your information (Host, Username, and Password) into the designated boxes. For Host enter ftp.yourdomain.com (replacing yourdomain.com with whatever your real domain name is) then enter your Username and Password. Enter 22 under “Port:” for FTP-SSL (recommended) and 21 for standard FTP.
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When completed, FileZilla should look like this.
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2. Once you’ve completed step 1, click the “Quickconnect” button. There you go! You
should now be able to view and edit your server’s file system.
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Third, Secure FTP

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Version: 2.6
Developer: Glub Tech
Price: Free
Platforms: Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux.
Download: Secure FTP 2.6

“Secure FTP is a Java-based FTPS client application that allows for a 256-bit AES encrypted secure connection to be made to a server that supports FTP over SSL (or FTPS).” As boasted on Glub Tech’s website, Secure FTP takes security as its main priority while not having sacrificed any features. However, just like FileZilla, it does not offer the same compatibility features as Cyberduck. Furthermore, Secure FTP has a very organized and clean interface that is very comparable to Cyberduck’s interface. Just like FileZilla we found Secure FTP to be very reliable and fast.

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SETUP:
1. Click the Green and White + button.
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2. When prompted, enter your information (Host, Username, and Password) into the designated boxes. For Host you should enter ftp.yourdomain.com (replacing yourdomain.com with whatever your real domain name is) and then enter your created Username and Password.
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When completed, Secure FTP should look like this.
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3. Now, all you have to do is click connect and there you go! You should now be able to view and edit your server’s file system.
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The Bottom Line: All three of these Applications are very good at what they do. Therefore, the “winner” may not be clear cut to you, so I recommend picking one based on your needs and likes. However, my recommendation is FileZilla for reliability and simplicity of its interface, because whenever I use FileZilla I see what I need to use right in front of me, and that cuts down on time significantly.

(Re-)Introducing TCH Family Contests!

Hello TCH Family,

We are very excited to announce that we are re-introducing TotalChoice Hosting family contests! Each contest will be free to enter and the winner will receive an aforementioned prize. Contests, prizes and rules will vary from by contest and winners will be selected either by random or specifically, depending on the contest.

To kick off our first re-born contest with style, we have decided to keep it simple and give away a new, exciting prize. The prize is a brand new Nexus 7 Tablet running the Android Jelly Bean operating system!

Prize:
Nexus 7 Android Tablet!

Nexus 7

With the stunning 7-inch display and up to 10 hours of battery life, the Nexus 7 is a perfect tool to maintain your TCH hosted website and e-mail from anywhere. The Nexus 7 is built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor so everything is faster, pages load quickly, gameplay is smooth and running multiple apps is seamless and effortless.

Specs:

  • 16 GB Internal Storage
  • 1 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor
  • 7” 1280×800 (216ppi) – HD IPS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 4,325 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Microphone
  • Magnetometer

Rules / How To Enter:
How about we give you one of these? Entering is simple, all you need to do is ‘Like’ TotalChoice Hosting on Facebook. You may also ‘Follow’ TotalChoice Hosting on Twitter to double your chances. The contest is open to everyone – clients and non-clients. You don’t even have to leave this page to enter, just click the buttons below. The winner will be picked at the end of February.



One winner will be chosen completely at random and will be contacted by me (Mike Ford). You will have 7 days to respond once contacted. If we don’t hear back from you within 7 days, a new winner will be selected. We ask that the winner share their experience on Facebook and our forum after being contacted. We will ship the tablet anywhere in the continental United States, free of charge. If you live outside of the continental United States you will have to cover the cost of shipping.

Spread The Word:
Make sure to spread the word to all of your friends and family members! Use the links below to share this contest! Remember, everyone is eligible! Best of luck, get ready for your new tablet!

Thank you for your time and remember, choice does matter!

What’s New; February 2013

Hello TCH Family,

There are a lot of new and exciting things happening here at TotalChoice Hosting. We are constantly looking to improve our products and services and your satisfaction is our main concern. Here’s what’s new and exciting at TCH!

  • We have recently invested a great deal of resources into upgrading the hardware at our data center. Our recent upgrades include state of the art equipment that will improve stability and speeds.
  • We are excited to introduce you to the latest member of the TotalChoice Hosting staff, Mike Ford. Mike has joined the team as our Customer Service Manager and is here to ensure you with the highest quality customer service. If there are ever any issues or concerns with the service you are receiving, please feel free to contact him at:

Phone: 1-800-930-0485 ext: 212
Email: mike[at]totalchoicehosting.com
AIM: TCH Mike CSM
Yahoo: TCH Mike CSM
Gtalk: TCHMikeCSM

  • Remember a few years ago when we were giving away free stuff? It’s time to start doing that again. We are re-introducing TCH’s Family Contests where we will be holding entertaining contests which will result in free prizes. You can see more info here.
  • In our continued effort to improve our service and communication with you, our clients, we are introducing our monthly newsletter. Every month we will be sending a newsletter filled with TCH related news, information regarding the current months family contest and more.
  • We must be in a giving mood because we are also very excited to kick off our monthly Social Coupons! Each month we will be announcing coupons to help clients and non-clients save money on our many services. All you have to do is stay current with TotalChoice Hosting on Facebook and Twitter. Use the bottoms below to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and be sure to check them regularly.


How To: Add Your Website’s E-Mail To Your Apple Device

Many of our clients use an iOS device as their primary mobile phone or Tablet. So to make it easier for you, our valued clients, we have created a guide on how to add your website’s unique e-mailbox to your iPhone, iPad or iTouch’s mail application!

Here you go!

Steps:
1. First, press the Settings application, it should be a grey/silver color that has gears as an image/icon.

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2. Once you have the application open, scroll down until you see “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.”

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3. Press the “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” tab to bring you to the next screen.

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4. Now, press “Add Account.” When you are prompted to pick the type of account, choose the “Other” tab on the bottom of the list.

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5. Press “Add Mail Account”, (it should be the first option on the screen).

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6. Now enter your name, your email account you’d like to receive mail from, your password, and a description such as “My Website Mail” to properly identify the account.

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7.Enter your name, e-mail address, and description. Under “Incoming Mail Server”, next to “Host Name” enter: “mail.yourdomain.com“, substituting yourdomain.com with your actual domain name. If your domain name is thehostguru.com, enter mail.thehostguru.com. Next to “User Name” enter your e-mail address, and next to “Password” enter your password.

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8. Under the “Outgoing Mail Server” section, please enter the same info as you did in the previous step under “Incoming Mail Server.”

9. When you have entered all information, click the “Next” button on the top right. A message will pop up that reads “Cannot Verify Server Identity.” Simply push Continue, (you may have to push it again in a few seconds).

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And there you go! You should now be able to view your mailbox from the stock iOS Mail Application!