How To: Using Filezilla

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="120"]Featured on BlogHer Featured on BlogHer on 17 October 2012[/caption] FileZilla is an open source, cross-platform, secure FTP client. This tutorial walks you through the download, making a quick FTP connection, uploading files and saving the server settings. FTP ProcessFTP is stands for File Transfer Protocol, which is a way to move files between computers on a network. SFTP, or secure FTP, means the client uses SSH (secure shell) to transfer files. SFTP will encrypt both commands and data; this means that passwords and sensitive information is not sent over the network in the clear. You cannot use a standard FTP client to connect to an SFTP server. Filezilla is both an FTP and an SFTP client. Why use FTP? With FTP, you can easily transfer lots of files from your computer to a web server. Plus, you can upload a zipped folder of images, for example, to a Linux server, then unzip (extract) the images on the server. This is faster than uploading them one-at-a-time. FTP can also be used as a protocol for making files available to others. However, this tutorial focuses on FTP as a process for managing files on your web server. …continue reading →

Speed Up Your Internet Connection By Changing Your DNS Server

One common recommendation to speed up your Internet connection is to change your default DNS (Domain Name System) server. The DNS server is an important factor in how speedy your Net connection feels. That's because when you type an address into the URL bar, such as or, your computer and router don't know where those servers live. They need the IP (internet protocol) address, which is a series of numbers. If your computer does not have this information cached, then the DNS server acts as an interpreter, converting human-readable URLs into machine addresses. …continue reading →