We use the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to connect your local computer to the remote hosting server. It is widely used by WordPress users who must have FTP access to the hosting server. In fact, it can help you in many different situations such as editing core files or backing up your content.
Also, when it is not possible to get access to the WordPress admin dashboard, you can do it through FTP access. Nowadays, it is not difficult to find FTP software, and FileZilla is one of the most used FTP client software. In this article, you will find some handy tips on how to make FTP faster.
#1. Show Hidden Files
You should know that some servers hide such files as .htaccess when you view them from FTP clients. You can change this default setting and make data visible using FileZilla. You must select “Force showing hidden files” under the “Server” menu.
You will get a warning message. Just press “OK” to make all hidden files on the server visible again.
#2. Process Terminated File Transfers
Every time when you start downloading your files through FTP, the transfer may get terminated in-between. The reason is bad Internet connection or other issues with a network connection.
You will need to press on the “Process Queue” option, which you can find under the “Transfer” menu. This simple action will enable the processing of the queued files.
#3. Limit Maximum Simultaneous Connections
If you do not modify the default settings of FileZilla, the program may restrict the simultaneous connections. Modify the option under the “Site Manager” menu (File > Site Manager) and then go to “Transfer Settings.”
You can remove the checkbox named as “Limit number of simultaneous connections” or alternatively increase the desired value.
#4. Process Failed Transfers
If you look at the left corner, you will see all failed transfers, which are queued. You must right click and choose the “Reset and requeue all” option.
This will move your files to the “Queued files” tab, and the processing will start automatically. In case you want to clean the queue of failed transfers, press “Remove all.”
#5. Reconnect to Server
While opening the FileZilla program or disconnecting from the server, it is better to press the “Reconnect” option, which you can find under the “Server” menu. You will be connected to your FTP account, which is configured under “Site Manager.”
#6. Edit from Local File
You were editing/uploading some files, and now you want to open them again. Be ready to see two options. FileZilla will offer you to choose the local file for editing or to discard the local file and edit the server file. We recommend you to press “Reopen local file” if you want to open the file as fast as possible from your computer.
Every time when you plan to edit a particular file, FileZilla downloads the data first to a local server, and after that, you are allowed to edit the file. By doing this, you make the editing process much faster. Once the uploading is complete, you will get the file copy, which will be available on your PC. In case you do not need this copy, press “Finish editing and delete the local file.”
#7. Migrate to Another Host
If you made the decision to migrate to a different host, we recommend you to create a new FTP account keeping the same name/password. Once the nameservers/DNS propagation are both completed, you can open FileZilla to connect the new host. You will not have to do any additional modifications.
FileZilla is a free FTP program. From first sight, it may look a bit complex, but very soon you will realize how easy it is. Besides, you can find so many helpful tutorials online. If you are an FTP newcomer, you will need to master its specific jargon.
By using FileZilla, you will face no issues while downloading files from a server and later uploading them. And the above 7 tips will make it very easy and fast for you to use FileZilla for FTP transfer. It is the ideal program for such needs: it is easy to use, yet powerful enough to accomplish the tasks.