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gFTP

A myth persists in the mind of non-Linux people that the WWW and the Internet are the same thing, to the point that if they accidentally delete their Internet Explorer icon, they will call the Help Desk and say, "I don't have Internet anymore." And for most users, the WWW only works one way, they can download pictures and articles, but they can't upload them. This has resulted in the development of services such as Picasa and Blogger, which allow people to manage files in a public web space without leaving the comfort and safety of the Web. But how do the hackers and do-it-yourself hobbyists of the Linux set upload files? With the venerable FTP, or File Transfer Protocol. And if they want to use a GUI instead of Midnight Commander, they can use Filezilla, Kbear, Konqueror, or gFtp.

Assuming one has arranged access to web space, one simply enters a host name (in my case web.newsguy.com) and a user name (rubyred) and enter the password. After that you can navigate in your web space as if it were your hard drive, and drag and drop files from one panel to the other. If you upload an HTML file named home.htm people's browsers will automatically assume that is your front page. HTML itself is quite easy for anyone to learn, if you don't get fancy with cascading style sheets and whatnot. It only takes a few minutes to create a simple HTML file from scratch in a text editor that will render properly, even with tables. It might take a little more work that using someone else's blogger site or photo-sharing site, but you have total control over every aspect of your site, and the sense of accomplishment you get is priceless.

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