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The venerable FTP protocols allows EServer members to copy files to and from the server.

The EServer began in 1990 as an FTP server. And FTP has retained its position as a universal system for copying files over the Internet--it's available on every Internet computer platform, and is a common standard across the Internet. Newer protocols such as AppleShare and Windows Networking are easier to use, but FTP is a more established protcol, and with a good FTP client can be more powerful.

There are three major categories of software for using FTP: from Web browsers, from graphical FTP clients, and from command-line FTP clients. We'll go over how you could use the EServer from the first two categories (used by more than 99% of EServer members).

  Windows FTP, using Internet Explorer
   
  Windows FTP, using Internet Explorer
   
  Windows FTP, using Internet Explorer

From Web Browsers

To connect to our FTP server from your favorite web browser, enter the URL address:

ftp://your.username@eserver.org/

This will take EServer members to their personal folders on the site, each of which contains a virtual folder called "FTPRoot?". This folder contains folders for each of the top-level directories of the EServer: Groups, Public, Streaming, Users, and WWW.

If you want to access folders such as the EServer webserver via FTP, after the final slash, you can add folder names to go directly to the folder or file you wish:

ftp://your.username@eserver.org/FTPRoot/WWW/


  Mac FTP, using Fetch
   
  Mac FTP, using Fetch
   
  Mac FTP, using Fetch
   
  Mac FTP, using Fetch

From Graphical FTP clients

When you launch your FTP client program, it should ask you the name of the host, your login name, your password and the directory you want to use. The EServer's DNS name is:

eserver.org

If you are an EServer member, you should enter your Server login name and password. If you are not a member, enter the login name "Anonymous." You can use any password, but Net etiquette suggests that you use your e-mail address in the form user@host.name for your password. You can leave the "directory" option empty, unless you have a particular folder you want to access. Click "OK."

Your program should connect to our site, and then show a graphical list of available folders and files.

We have a folder made especially for receiving files from EServer readers. If you open the "-Contributions" folder, you will not be able to see any of the files enclosed there, but you may PUT any files you would like to make available to Internet readers. Contributed files will be reviewed by our editors, and You can GET any file (or an entire folder).

The categories "binary" and "text"--upon which successful FTPing? rely--are rather opaque. We have tutorials in the "Internet" directory of which may help you understand.

If you wish, the Server will be happy to encode binary programs and files using BinHex? (a format which allows complex Mac files to be coded as text, and therefore transfer reliably through old mainframes and 7-bit gateways). You will need a program to convert the files back into plain Mac items.