WordPress has improved in recent times. We can do a thousand things in the WordPress Desktop. However, there are still things that are not so easy to do from WordPress, one of them is to access the files on the server and work with them. For this, we need to use an FTP.
But what is an FTP? When should you use it? How?
According to most of the definitions (even Wikipedia), an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a network protocol for transferring files between networked systems.
But when we talk about FTP usually we refer to FTP clients, programs that allow us to connect to an FTP server to transfer files.
Surely when you signed up for your hosting you got credentials to access files via FTP (and if they did, you should change your hosting).
When you're on your computer, you can navigate directly from your file system, see the directories that you have, access them and move files from here to there.
Instead, the files that are hosted on your hosting provider are not as comfortable to handle. If you want to modify files that you have on WordPress you can do it directly from the Desktop, but if you want to make more complicated changes (for example, delete all images at once or upload many files at once), the best you can do is search for your FTP credentials and use this protocol.
It is also vital to use FTP to access your files when you install a theme or a plugin and suddenly everything breaks (a white screen appears when you try to enter our website). We can only disable the plugin that caused the error or fixes the contentious issue from an FTP because the Desktop WordPress is disabled.
To perform the same actions on files that we would do on our computers, but on the hosting server remotely, you need an FTP client. This will facilitate all the work, and most are very easy to use.
Therefore, you need to work via FTP when you want to access remotely to your WordPress server to perform bulk actions on your files or fix problems with plugins and themes that have destroyed your website.
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