Webmasters and web designers often work with local copies of their web projects to work on and test new features, design and code without interrupting the delivery of contents of the live site on the Internet.
Some may also use staging servers if such an option is provided by the web hosting company.
Once changes have been tested and code verified, it is time to upload the changed files to the web server to improve or change content on the live site as well. While it is important to backup the current version of the site beforehand, it may be of equal importance as to how content get uploaded to the server or hosting account.
Apart from uploading content to the remote server, it may also be necessary to update local folders, for instance when you are working on multiple PCs to make sure all use the most recent version and not an earlier one.
This can also be important when multiple web developers need to work on the same project and they are accessing the site from different locations.
FTP Synchronize is a lightweight software program for the Windows operating system that automates the process by automatically syncing data that is on a web server via ftp with a local directory.
The program is easy to use and requires little configuration. A click on the Settings link opens the configuration screen where ftp server details (host, username and password) need to be entered. The target folder can be specified by browsing the local computer system.
Options to automatically delete files from the target folder, to check for updates and to restore from tray in case files where updated are checked and can be unchecked if they are not wanted or needed.
The program will display a list of files that have been modified on the ftp server if the user clicks on the system tray icon.
FTP Synchronize if a free software program for the Windows operating system.Downside is that it supports FTP only and not SFTP or other protocols.
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