If you have a website, you may already know that FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, which is the method by which your files are posted to the Internet. Generally, we use a special program like WS_FTP to do this, but the job can also be done through Internet Explorer. Although FTP sites can be accessed using any browser, only Internet Explorer allows you to upload or rename files or directories (to the best of my knowledge). To access your site’s FTP, just type one of the following into your browser’s address bar:

Which method you use doesn’t matter; the result will be the same. Your site will open up to you just as if you opened a folder on your hard drive, with the following differences:

I just learned this on January 3, 2003, after using WS_FTP for nearly three years. I doubt that I will use this method regularly; I am used to my old method and am quite comfortable with it. But if I am ever away from home for any reason and want to post something to my website, it’s good to know that all I have to do is find a computer with Internet Explorer and of course, a connection to the Internet! Since I hand-code all of my HTML in Windows Notepad, preparing a page to publish would be no problem.