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  • Started 3 years ago by Joe H
  • Latest reply 3 years ago from Joe H
  • Joe H Member

    My company (small ad agency) is embarking on learning & using WordPress to build websites for clients, working away from the programming outsourcing we now do. Starting with 2 sites and will grow. I've been told we do need to "get & learn" an FTP client. But never have used an FTP. We are Mac OSX. Objectively, is Fetch a good way to go, and how is the learning curve? I did see that it may not apply to certain secure applications; a problem? Thanks.

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Joe,

    We do feel that Fetch is pretty easy to use - one of our main goals has been to keep the Fetch interface simple and uncluttered, and a lot of our customers are small businesses or individuals. Mostly what you do with an FTP program is upload and download files to the server, and with Fetch uploading and downloading is as easy as dragging files from your Mac to the Fetch window, or from the Fetch window to your Mac.

    Fetch does allow you to create shortcuts (like bookmarks) so you can easily reconnect to each of your client's servers, if necessary.

    We offer a 15-day free trial of Fetch, and we have an introductory tutorial on the basic operations - so you could download the trial, read through the tutorial, and see what you think. And then let us know if you have any followup questions.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "it may not apply to certain secure applications" - could you explain further what you mean or what you're referring to? Then I'll try to answer that. Fetch does support SFTP and FTP with TLS/SSL (FTPS), which are two secure ways of connecting to file servers.

    Thanks, and please let us know if you have further questions.

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Joe H Member

    Thanks, Scott. Re security, I saw this (see PROTOCOL section) and was wondering.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_FTP_client_software

    I'm sure that if Fetch is endorsed by Apple (it is, no?) that it's very functional. I know that some FTPs are free but being a Mac-based firm, I have a lot of trust in them.

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Joe,

    It's true that as that chart says, Fetch doesn't support "FTP over SSH" but that is a very uncommon protocol; you are very unlikely to run into a server that uses it. Fetch does support SFTP, which is a related and more common protocol based on SSH.

    And "DAV / HTTP(S)" is more commonly known as WebDAV. It's also true that Fetch does not support it, but it's a completely different file transfer protocol separate from FTP, and unlikely to be used to access a server that will run Wordpress-based webpages (or at least, be the only way to access it). Again, it is uncommon compared to FTP and SFTP.

    So no, I don't think not having those will be a problem for what you are going to be doing.

    (And Fetch does support resuming downloads and uploads; I see that chart has a question mark for Fetch in that category.)

    Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Joe H Member

    Great -- Thanks much. It's a learning curve! Oh, one related question: I assume that with WordPress, a domain name can be .com, .org, whatever. A WP advisor said it's best to build .org's but that won't fly with businesses.

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Joe,

    Sorry, but I honestly don't know the answer to that - that's a question you'll have to ask WordPress; the domain name of a site isn't related to Fetch or FTP and I'm not familiar with building WordPress-based websites.

    (Fetch will move any set of files to any FTP server with any hostname; it doesn't care what the content of the site is or matter whether it's .org or .com. This sounds like a WordPress software or licensing issue.)

    Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Joe H Member

    OK, well, thanks for great, fast support!

    Posted 3 years ago #

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