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My own ftp (2 posts)
- Started 5 years ago by student_fetch
- Latest reply 5 years ago from Scott McGuire
Me and a friend want our own ftp address so we can drop in footage that we have captured and edited so we have a big database so we can pick and choose which files we want on our sight.
How do i create my own ftp address? do i need a domain name?
Scott McGuire Administrator
In order to get an ftp site and address, you need to contact a "hosting provider" - a company that provides and maintains server space for storing web pages, FTP files, etc. - and they can help set you up with an account, a domain name if you wish (although that's not absolutely necessary if you just want to transfer files instead of host a website), and also help set up your space so that it can receive files from others (usually hosting providers assume that all you want to do is upload your own files).
Your Internet provider may provide some server space as part of your service with them; usually the space and service they provide is limited, though. Still, contacting them to see what they offer is a good place to start.
Otherwise, there are many other companies dedicated to hosting servers for the general public. One such company in the US that we've had good experiences with is Pair.com, but there are plenty of others too.
You can also set up your Mac to be an FTP server, either using the built in FTP server support in Mac OS X, or by purchasing third-party server software such as Rumpus or CrushFTP. However, there are security implications when you host a server on your Mac and let others log into it, and if you're connected to the Internet through a router it may be difficult for other people to connect directly to your Mac, so generally it's best to get an FTP account on a dedicated server.
I hope this clarifies things.
[This message has been edited by ScottMcGuire (edited 03-02-2009).]
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