Firefox and FTP [A Consumer Observation – FileZilla FTP Client]

by on December 3, 2010

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FileZilla, FTP Client

When I was using the standard distribution of Firefox, I was pretty happy about things with all the add-ons that are available for Firefox through the awesome open-source community.  For me Firefox is not complete with these following add-ons (Extensions):

Practical Firefox Extensions

  • Adblock Plus
  • NoScript

Nice-to-Have Firefox Extensions

  • ColorfulTabs
  • FireFTP*
  • Forecastfox Weather

*If you’re just a general web surfer, FireFTP (or any FTP client) isn’t something you need to even ponder about.

This is the small list of what I’ve installed but are at the core of any Firefox installation for me.  As far as I’m concerned Adblock and NoScript crank up my surfing speed and make mostly enjoyable experiences when hitting up some websites.

For the curious minded, the way NoScript works, you can see how many associations are connected to a website you visit… at least at the first layer.  For example, this one site I hit up has 10 web-entities in the background.  Those entities range from the website itself, to Google, Facebook, advertising companies or even the hosting company of the website.  NASCAR.com has 11 entities that would like permission.  There’s nascar.com, turner.com, yahoo.com and then the marketing and other tracking companies underneath them.  When I allow one entity to run, it may very well have other sub-entities associated with it.

Any way, I love my add-ons.

For me, I need an FTP client because of what I do with the web.  Aside from uploading data and pages and files and such I also manage a few websites for some customers.

That’s all fine and good but when I went to Firefox’s new Beta Test version, Firefox 4.0 Beta 7, only a few core add-ons updated so that I could carry them forward with me into the upgrade but my in-line FTP utility, FireFTP was not one of them.  It was a bit upsetting but inadvertently, through duress, I found a better situation!  (Isn’t that always the case?)

What I did find was another FTP client that is just as good and maybe a tick better, called FileZilla FTP Client. [http://filezilla-project.org/]  FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License, and has support via forums, a wiki and a bug tracker process.  At their home page, it’s pretty easy to select what form of FileZilla you need.

The reason I’m pitching this process over the FireFTP plugin is that it is not dependent on anything to run, except itself.  So when I upgrade Firefox, I don’t find myself stuck without an FTP client if it is not updated along with Firefox.

But don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with FireFTP.  I am just pointing out the convenience of this stand-alone FTP client, FileZilla FTP.

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