How to connect to HostGator via FTP

Olga Weis

File Transfer Protocol or FTP is a standard Internet protocol that standardizes file transfer between computers on the Internet over TCP/IP. One can connect to online software archives, transmit documents and other files between computer accounts, or between a computer and an account. Due to their popularity some FTP servers can be loaded at times and you may have to wait to be able to log on. Once you log on to your FTP, you can upload, download, copy, remove, and rename files
on server.

Sometimes it is an option to use a web browser in order to connect to an FTP server. A web browser is a simple FTP client that will take care of your connection and file transfer up to a certain point, however keep in mind that a web browser is not a designated FTP Mac client, so you can't expect it to be fast and reliable as you would with a good FTP solution designed exactly for that. Also you can expect a lot more features from a specialized Mac FTP software.

HostGator via FTP

If you are looking for a service that will allow you to create and develop and manage your own website HostGator is a great option that offers a website builder and multiple hosting possibilities. If you have chosen this service you'll need to create an account and choose how your website will look with the help of their templates. The service features drag-n-drop functionality.

And if you see that web browser is not enough and you will greatly benefit with FTP tools, you can do your online research to find a good one. There are many search criteria you can use, like 'FTP Mac OS', 'Mac OS FTP client', 'FTP Mac client', 'Best Mac FTP client', however you should be aware that not everything that comes up in Google is automatically the best solution for you. We like a software called Commander One. This app is a dual-panel file manager with each panel allowing an unlimited number of tabs so you don't have to close directories just because you are opening new ones. Files can be easily dragged from one drive to another in one action. All file operations currently running are queued in the background where you can manage them.

Commander One makes a good
FTP file manager as well

HostGator via Commander One

You can work with FTP faster than a web browser could allow you to. Viewing, copying from server to server, deleting, creating new files is done in the same manner as working with files on local drive. FTP, FTPS, and SFTP protocols are supported. You can open FTP just as another local drive and access your online files just as if they were stored on computer.

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Commander One

Requirements: OS X 10.10+ , 19.75MB size
Version 1.7.4(2445) (21st Sep, 2017) Release notes
Category: System Utilities