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    ftp

    I was under the impression that ftp is a protocol that is used to transfer files from my computer to the web server I paid for on the likes of godaddy, does it have other purposes?

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    Server side languages such as PHP and Perl can also use that protocol. I believe the difference is in the ports that the server uses.

    See this ... and it's a bit over my head, as server stuff isn't my forte.

    https://www.ntchosting.com/encyclope...rt-connection/
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    In general, though. You won't use FTP for much else. It's just to get the files onto the server so the server software can process them as necessary.
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    Don't know if you're still struggling with the whole FTP on a server thing, but I thought of a great analogy, so by god, I'm going to post it...for posterity or whatever.

    So, let's say your counter top in your kitchen is your server. It is just a place to put things you intend to use. Now, you are a special version of Apache that serves tacos. Because, who doesn't love tacos? My daughter's commie boyfriend, but that's beside the point. Anyway, your kid wants tacos, and so they request those tacos. You go to the counter and there's nothing there. Sorry, kid. No tacos for you. Taco 404, bud.

    Now, let's say your wife, FTPina, comes to the kitchen. She takes taco ingredients from the fridge (local computer) and puts them on the counter. Later, kid requests tacos again. You look on the counter - and you find the taco ingredients FTPina put there. So, you use some nearby taco making appliance (PHP) to cook and assemble those tacos. Once they're assembled, you take them from the stove and serve them to your hungry kid.

    Servers, Apache, PHP, FTP and yummy tacos.

    Things get a little different when other server-side tech is used, but PHP's pretty simple, so this works.
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    FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It use for transfer computer file to client with the help of server.


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