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it is my understanding that ftp programs are used by website owners to control their site''s content which is stored on a remote webserver''s (host co.''s) directories. is this correct? what are some good features a *decent* ftp program should have, and does anybody have any recommendations? also can anybody explain the pros/cons of regular web hosting as opposed to co-hosting? if a site is co-hosted, does the owner still need to use an ftp program to access the other host''s resources?

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"it is my understanding that ftp programs are used by website owners to control their site''s content which is stored on a remote webserver''s (host co.''s) directories. is this correct?"

Yes. Although a lot of webhosts now have utilities that you can use via a browser to control various aspects of your site, including a file manager.

"what are some good features a *decent* ftp program should have, and does anybody have any recommendations?"
I assume you mean an ftp client and not a server. If so, I use leechftp under win, and gftp/ftp under nix. The best features of these programs is the drag-drop/easy-to-use interface and their price: 0 dollars and 0 cents.

"also can anybody explain the pros/cons of regular web hosting as opposed to co-hosting?" I assume by "co-hosting" you mean hosting by a webhosting company. Then regular webhosting must mean hosting an http server on your own home computer. Of course with having a home server you would need sufficient rights with your ISP, and enough bandwith to support it. Also you would need a static IP, which would be available under a specific/business type plan through your ISP. If it was a commercial site you would probably need it running 24/7 and would probably have to purchase a dedicated server to do this, probably about 4-10k. And all the software etc. The benenfits of this are that you could run whatever you wanted on the server without restriction, and you wouldn''t be charged a monthly fee or fees for excessive bandwith (except from your ISP).

I would definitely suggest to go through a webhosting company. They are a dime a dozen these days, you simply purchase the plan that is right for you. They then allocate a certain amount of hdd space on their server, they will probably even register the domain name for you. You will get a certain amount of bandwith a month, and most webhosts would run a lot faster than anything you could get through an ISP.

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