I was recently away when my blog broke. A plug-in had somehow broken down, became corrupt and an embarrassing PHP error was seen on the top of every page. Worse yet the admin section wouldn’t work period. The solution was simple right? Log in via FTP and delete the corrupt plug-in.
Unfortunately Murphy’s Law was at work. The computer I had access to had no FTP client (I couldn’t install one/didn’t want to take the time). My two options were to wait till I got home to fix it, or I could use an online FTP client.
The same situation can happen anywhere: school, work, the library….you need to upload or delete something but can’t because of the lack of a FTP client. Luckily some other people have had the same problem and created online FTP clients. I’ll show you three main ones but there are plenty others out there.
1. FTP Live
That size can be raised in the Pro version. The Pro version allows you to upload up to 300MB, login via a secure (https) page, along with no ads.
For a faster, more graphical online client, there is the Java applet AnyClient. AnyClient is entirely Java, so it looks and acts much more like a traditional FTP client. It has the classic two column view (the online files on the right and the offline files on the left) with the upload / download arrows.
AnyClient also includes a site manager, which is especially useful with the free downloadable version (for Mac, Windows, and Linux).
Net2ftp is by far the most versatile and feature filled of the three. Along with standard FTP features like chmoding, renaming, deleting, downloading, etc, uploading can be done in three different ways. A standard browser upload, a Flash based upload, or a Java upload.
One special thing about the standard upload is that you can upload an archive (zip, tar.gz, etc) and it will extract it on the fly; net2ftp can also zip files and folders already uploaded. The Flash based upload is just a generic upload with a progress bar. The Java upload can upload directories and batch upload files.
Another useful feature of net2ftp is the install wizard. The install wizard (when you click on “Install”) uploads a small php file to your server and gives you a link to that file. When you click that link (or go to the file if the link is wrong) it will allow you to install a number of PHP applications (like WordPress, phpBB, etc).
The best thing about net2ftp though, is that it can be downloaded and hosted on your site (much like WordPress.) This will let you use a version for just your personal website, brand it for a larger website or intranet, or even host your own online FTP client.
These were just three of the many online FTP clients out there, and I hope you find them as useful as I do. However, please exercise caution when using your FTP password online.
What do you think? Should there be another one on here? Do you have a favourite online FTP client that wasn’t mentioned?
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