Recently one of our Netz.GR users asked us to recommended the best FTP clients for Website Owners. While on the NetZ.gr Free hosting Cpanel there is a section of Free FTP Software, there are plenty of free and paid FTP clients available.

Whether you’re a web developer fiddling with files every day, or you’re a regular blogger who needs to figure out site files after a crash, FTP ends up being a necessity. In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best FTP clients for WordPress beginners. The goal here is to find the most reliable, secure, and easy to use FTP tool for all your file editing and uploads.

What is an FTP Client? Why You Need it?

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) allows you to upload files from your computer to your hosted site. In order to use FTP, you will need an FTP client which is a desktop app that connects your computer to your hosting account.

It provides an easy to use graphics user interface, so that you can perform all FTP functions such as copy, upload, delete, rename, and edit files / folders on your site. In short, FTP clients are meant to give you a clear picture of the file structure and contents of your web hosting setup and allow you to transfer those files back and forth between the server and your computer.

What to look for in the best FTP clients?

The best FTP clients all have similar features, but some of them have random, unique tools or better interfaces than others. In addition, you’ll want to ensure that your FTP client is suitable for your operating system.

As for the features you can find in the best FTP clients, here’s what to expect:

  • Support for different file transfer protocols such as FTPS, FTP, and FTP over SSL/TLS.
  • Potential support for cloud syncing – like with Google Drive and Dropbox.
  • A standard main window area with a host login, status report, and connections to the local and remote sites.
  • Allows for the transfer of larger files.
  • Provides a tabbed user interface for easily moving around.
  • Filename filters for clearing out clutter and locating items quicker.
  • Drag and drop options for moving your files from the local site to the online site.
  • Multi-language support.
  • Settings to adjust your transfer speed limits.
  • It’s also nice to have cross-platform support for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

How to Use an FTP Client?

You will need a FTP username and password in order to connect to your site. This information can be found in the email you got when you first started your blog and signed up for a web hosting account.

You can also get this information from your web hosting cPanel dashboard or ask the support, and they will email it to you.

Once you have this information, you can connect to your website.

First, you will need to launch your FTP client and enter your FTP username, password, host (usually your website address e.g. yourname.netz.gr), and then click on the connect button.

Host is usually your website’s URL (e.g. netz.gr).

If you do not enter anything in the port field, then your FTP client will connect using the plain FTP protocol on port 21.

You can use port 22 to connect to your server using SFTP which encrypts information before sending it to your web server. This reduces the chances of hackers stealing your FTP password or sniffing on information.

Best FTP Clients Software

Software Price Mac or Windows? File Transfer Protocols Cloud syncing?
FileZilla Free Both (and others) SSH, FTP, SSL/TLS No
Cyberduck Free Both FTP, SFTP, SSL/TLS, S3 Yes
(Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure, OneDrive, DropBox, Google Drive, OpenStack Swift)
WinSCP Free Windows FTP, SFTP, FTPS, SCP, WebDAV, S3 No
CuteFTP $59.99 and $89.99 Windows FTP, FTPS (SSL), HTTP, HTTPS (SSL), SFTP (SSH2) No
Transmit $45 Mac FTP, WebDAV, SFTP, S3 Yes
SmartFTP $79.95
or $39.99/ year
Windows
FTP, FTPS, SFTP, WebDAV,
SSH, S3,
Yes
(Backblaze B2, Google Drive, OneDrive, Terminal client)
Free FTP Free and $39 Windows FTP, SFTP, FTPS, HTTP, HTTPS No
CoreFTP Free and Pro starting
$24.95
Windows FTP, SSL/TLS, SFTP via SSH, and HTTP/HTTPS No

There are other options one can find as well, be it WINSCP , Viper FTPFlashFXPFireFTPWebdriveFOFFBitKinex, even AndFTP for Android or FTP Express . You can choose one by weighing the options you have, use two or more at a time or just pick one at random to try if you’re feeling lucky. There’s really no set algorithm to compare the best FTP Clients; which one do you think works best for you?