That’s FTP. FTP is the file transfer protocol of the internet. It’s a way your Mac or PC can upload files to a remote server. If you’ve ever used an FTP app, then you know what I’m talking about. They can be immensely feature laden, with every digital bell and whistle imaginable, making a complicated mess out of simply moving a file from here to there.
Is there a better, easier, cheaper way?
No Frills FTP, 99-cents
The latter, Cyberduck is donationware, so it’s priced right, but it’s also the most complex of the three. It you know your way around file uploads and FTP, Cyberduck is fine, but it’s not intuitive and doesn’t resemble anything like the Mac’s basic drag and drop functionality.
Drag and drop? Think about it. On your Mac you can drag a file to move it from one folder to another folder.
Why isn’t FTP that easy?
DropMeFTP is. It’s cheap at 99-cent and just plain doesn’t do much at all (relative to the FTP apps above), but what it does is about as easy as moving files can be. And, maybe should be.
Even the setup is simple. Add an FTP server address. Enter a URL. Enter the FTP user name, then the password. If you want the file transferred to a specific folder, enter than, too.
Click OK and you’re ready to go. After that, simply drag and drop a file, files, or a folder of files to DropMeFTP and it does the uploads automatically. No clicks. No entry fields. No mess. No bother. No menu option distractions.
Alright, Transmit, long a Mac favorite FTP app, does the same thing with Droplets. But configuration is nowhere near as simple as DropMeFTP (neither is the price).
So, using DropMeFTP you’re able to move files from your Mac to a server online with a drag and a drop. The only caveat is that the process is still vanilla FTP, which isn’t exactly a secure way to transfer files. You’ll pay more for the other FTP apps, but you get what you pay for.