FTP is simply the process of transferring files from your computer to us – kind of like email, only it works for much bigger files. It’s useful for sending art files for a vehicle wrap, vehicle graphics, or a signage job. Technically, “FTP” is an acronym for “File Transfer Protocol,” and it replaces “http” — the protocol used to fetch a web page in your browser (ex: “http://tkographix.com”).
When TKO Graphix IT Manager, Terry Icenogle, was asked how to use FTP, he shared the following: “Using an FTP client (program), such as Filezilla, is usually the best way to FTP. While browsers, alone, are not as ideal for FTP, it can be done.”
TKO Interaction Designer, Josh Humble, adds: “Firefox users can use the FireFTP plugin for great results. I work with it a lot, and it’s very smooth and easy.”
Browser-based FTP instructions are as follows:
1. You will need to make sure you are showing the Menu Bar at the top of your IE8 or IE9 window by right clicking the browser header and selecting the Menu Bar from tool bars. Menu bar shows File, Edit, View…
2. In the web address bar, type in “ftp.tkographix.com”.
3. In the login screen, enter the Username and Password given to you.
4. If you’re in the IE browser, the screen might say “Internet Explorer cannot display the page.” Go to “View” on your menu, and select “Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer”.
5. A second login box will appear. Enter the same username and password, and click OK.
6. A Windows Explorer folder will display with several different folders. You can then drag and drop into the desired folder.
*When using a Mac, an FTP client, like Filezilla, is required.
*Google Chrome does not work effectively for FTP
Using FTP allows the transfer of large amounts of data quickly and efficiently. If you’d like to know more about using the TKO Graphix FTP, Terry would be happy to answer your questions.