You should have seen my face the first time a professional web designer asked me what FTP was. Luckily, it doesn’t happen all that often because if it did, I’d have gone through an awful lot of keyboards.
Despite the fact that you really can run our hosting completely and totally through your browser, sometimes that’s not really practical, and sometimes you need to do things the old fashioned way. If you hardly ever do things the old fashioned way, though, usually you don’t want to pay for the clients and programs that let you do it the old fashioned way – so we wanted to let you in on a few free programs that let you do some nifty things that you may need occasionally.
Core FTP LE is a free Windows software that that features SFTP (SSH), SSL, TLS, IDN, browser integration, site to site transfers, FTP transfer resume, drag and drop support, file viewing & editing, firewall support, custom commands, FTP URL parsing, command line transfers, filters, and more.
You may have need of an FTP client if you need to get files up to your site that are too large to be uploaded through your PHP program or cPanel’s File Manager.
PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator. It is written and maintained primarily by Simon Tatham.
If you need to get to a command line, you really need an ssh client. Command lines are indispensable for troubleshooting php programs, checking on the server, changing permissions, and so on.
Want to see how your site looks in some obscure browsers? Hope on over to Browser Shots. If you have some patience, eventually you’ll get screen shots of your site in a variety of browsers and if you’re trying for cross-compatibility on CSS, you’ll have a half an hour to pad the wall directly in front of you before what IE does to your site design becomes clear and you begin banging your head against it.
PLiska Image Resizer is a handy little tool for merchants that take lots of photos but may not have the graphic skills (or the patience) to edit those photos, rel estate agents that process photos of houses for both print and web, or anyone with a Photo Gallery that has no idea how to resize the images that they take down from enormous size. In mere seconds, you can resize numerous photos into a web ready size, saving your bandwidth, your space, and our server processing if you were planning on letting our server do it for you (which is so not recommended).
Favicon from Pics creates still and animated favicon.ico’s for your site from images, so you don’t need to have vastly superior elves used to working with miniscule pixelation do it for you. Simply upload a picture, and get back a favicon.