This article contains the FTP definition, FTP settings, and a description of FTP users and how to manage them.
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol - a tool used to transfer files from one server to another. In this case, you use FTP to transfer files from your computer or elsewhere to your site.
FTP users are the logins for FTP access to specified directories on your site.
When FTP is a part of your plan, a main FTP user account is set up by default. If you have FTP users as part of your plan, you can also set up additional users. To add FTP users to your plan, contact The Moo Crew for assistance.
NOTE: An FTP username must be unique among all users of a specific server. Please contact The Moo Crew if you encounter any difficulty with selecting an FTP username.
Active Versus Passive FTP Connection
When using an FTP connection, you have the option of connecting to the server in Active Mode or in Passive Mode.
In Active Mode, the FTP client sends the IP address and port number to the FTP server. The FTP server will "listen" to this designated port number for the IP address, then will issue a request back to the client to establish a connection. The data connection in this scenario is outbound from the FTP server, and inbound to the FTP client.
In Passive (PASV) Mode, the FTP client sends a PASV command to the FTP server. Once received, the FTP server will send back to the client an IP address and port number. The client then uses this information to establish the connection to the server. The data connection in this scenario is inbound to the FTP server, and outbound from the FTP client.