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FTP: Terminology Explained

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. In the days when email could only carry very small attachments, large files could be transferred by FTP. However, these days the technology is only really used for bulk uploading of websites.

What are my FTP details?

These would be setup with your web hosting through your online panel. Usually you can find the format of these in their help files, but you will have to setup a password. In some cases, this would be your usual domain logon details. There will usually be an icon in your main control panel for accessing these settings (not to be confused with DNS settings).

If you don’t have hosting for your website, this is something we can help you with.

FTP is used when we code or design websites using HTML rather than WordPress based sites. If we ask you for FTP details, typically this would be for a managed site service where we would be updating the website for you.

Once you have the details, we would then enter this into our software for upload. At which point, the details become stored as part of your site file. These would only need to be updated upon software updates or due to changes made by you. Files are then transferred by our software direct from our web design software to keep your website secure.


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Terminology Explained: A new series

I’ve decided to start a new blog post series with Terminology Explained. This series will cover popular design, graphic and digital terminology.


It’s easy as a designer to use terminology as a shortcut to explaining an idea or concept. However, all too often we forget to tailor these for our audiences. So, when I use an industry term in place of describing something, I’m going to post the term on here. I will then add a full explanation in plain english. I also hope to include examples and visuals where needed. Hopefully, this will build into a great glossary research – both for our clients and also those who are considering working with us. I already have my first couple of posts planned based on the last 24 hours alone.

Make a terminology suggestion

Clients can also suggest terms we have used that they want a little more depth of detail on.

You will be able to find these terms both by searching this blog but also by referring to the Terminology Glossary page that will be made available shortly. If you have a term or concept you’d like us to cover, then drop us a line.