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How to share files using private FTP folders

Posted on: May 1, 2009

If you’ve ever tried to share a large documents through e-mail, then you know how difficult and time-consuming it can be, not to mention many hosting companies do not allow large files to pass through their email servers.

The solution is FTP hosting. This allows you to create private folders for different clients where they can upload and download files without needing any e-mail software.

FTP hosting may sound complex, but it is really quite simple, especially when you have an FTP host with Web based access to your FTP folders, usually called Web-FTP. Then all your client needs is the URL to the Web-FTP, and a user name and password to login to their FTP folder. From there it’s usually as simple as clicking upload to send files, and download to receive files.

This makes it much easier for people to share large files, like a 200 MB movie file, without tying up their e-mail in the process.

My recommended ftp provider is OLI’s FTP Hosting Service.

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