In web hosting, you need to know how to use FTP for several tasks. You should know what FTP clients work well with your web host and how to use them. Here, we’ll discuss how you’ll use FTP on your iPage hosting account.
iPage Hosting Service
iPage is the epitome of excellent web hosting service at its most reasonable price. You can sign up with their hosting service for a price that is less than $2 a month. That’s way lower than any web hosting price you’ll see in the market. For this very low cost, you’ll get all the basic services you’ll need to start your own site including:
- Unlimited storage space and bandwidth
- A free domain name
- Unlimited MySQL databases and email accounts
- Applications installer
- And a number of add-on services to spice up your website
- iPage also has its own website builder called Weebly Drag & Drop Site Builder.
Web users ordinarily communicate with websites using the Internet Protocol (IP). It’s used for viewing websites and downloading/uploading files on your web browser. There is another protocol that is especially designed for file transfers over the network called FTP or File Transfer Protocol.
It is basically used to directly communicate with servers and transfer files at faster rates than normal. It can also handle large file sizes and is more reliable than the regular internet protocol. Other FTPs are also designed to handle and protect sensitive files by passing data through encryption.
In web hosting, FTP is a very valuable for file storage and management. It is used to perform some of the most essential tasks in web hosting, the most important of which are:
Web Development – For professional web developers who do not rely on integrated website builders provided by web hosts, they need FTP to upload their own webpages and scripts to the server in order to publish it.
Site Backup and Recovery – Regular site backups are essential for large websites and those that store user records and other important information. This can be done by downloading the files, databases and configurations of the website to the user’s local computer using FTP.
How to Access Files on your iPage Account with FTP
Some of the hosting packages offered by iPage already include integrated FTP accounts. This way, you no longer have to spend time configuring and setting up the FTP client. Check the hosting plan you purchased for this add-on service or simply contact the iPage support team for more information.
To access files on your iPage Hosting Account, you will need the following information:
FTP Address of iPage – before you can start communicating with a remote server, you need to first know its address on the network. For FTP transfers, you will need the FTP address of the web server. For iPage, this is ftp.ipage.com. Make sure that you get the FTP address correctly on your FTP client before proceeding.
User ID and Password – iPage will also require you to use a login name and password for your FTP account. Fortunately, iPage follows a single-access policy which requires its users to use the same login username and password for all accounts with iPage, including FTP accounts. Hence, the login information you will use is the same as that of your main iPage Hosting Account.
Miscellaneous FTP Clients
You may also use other existing FTP clients found on the web to have FTP access on your iPage Account. These FTP clients can be downloaded and used for free and they basically have the same functions and options. Install them on your computer and use iPage’s ftp address: ftp.ipage.com.
FTP clients that are found highly compatible with iPage are the following:
- and FTP Voyager
To know more about these FTP clients and how to use them, visit the iPage Knowledgebase found in their official site. There you can find tons of video tutorials for each of these FTP clients.