“ CoffeeCup Free FTP is an easy-to-use FTP client for file uploads and downloads. It allows you to use an unlimited number of FTP accounts, resume broken downloads, and transfer files in binary, ASCII, or auto-mode. It also offers an optional auto-refresh on each file upload or download, and optional FTP log transcription „
Coffee Cup FTP is a great free utility that I would recommend to any new-comer to the web authoring world. For those of you that do not know or understand; FTP means File Transfer Protocol. FTP programs allow a user to upload files to a server, such as html documents (web pages) for public viewing. Coffee Cup FTP has a freeware licence, meaning it is free to everyone. However, to download it you must register on their website http://www.coffeecup.com with a valid email address, then periodically you will receive an email advertising their latest paid product releases. This program doesn't have all the features CuteFTP has, but for a newbie to web authoring, it works fine and does most of what you need to do. The one thing it does lack is it's ability to change the CHMOD. This is the setting you give a file to allow read and write access. For example, a message board script needs to be set so that the visitor to your website can 'write' to it. Coffee Cup FTP doesn't allow this. The program also lacks a queing system, so if you are uploading to different directories, you would have to upload files to each directory seperately, which can be rather tiedious. What I like most about this program is it's simple layout and easy-to-use features. This program is a must for beginners and maybe fine for advanced users too, depending on your requirements. Even if you use another program, such as CuteFTP, I would still recommend downloading it. For a free program, it is simply superb.
(Sorry, couldn't resist the disgusting pun) Coffeecup ftp program is free. It isn't time limited. It does the minimum you need from an ftp program. I.e. it lets you transfer fles to and from your computer, reasonably efficiently. It saves the details of your connections so you don't have to keep typing in the same IP address over and over. This is a useful product. The only problem with it is the strength of the competition. Ws-ftp Lite edition (for personal and educational use) is far and away the best free ftp program. If you can get this don't bother getting Coffeecup. On the other hand, Coffeecup is better than Cute-ftp, the other major free ftp program. (I'm not counting Microsoft's because it's basically just a dos-type command line thing, unless it's been massively upgraded since I last tried to use it.) In my opinion at least, Cute-ftp is very difficult to set up and use, worked badly and is really not worth getting unless you have nothing else to use. I got Coffeecup when I'd made the common mistake of installing Ws-ftp Pro edition after adding a new hard disk and reinstalling the operating system. (Ws-ftp Pro is much better than the limited version, but it's a time limited trail. I used it once as a test then never used it again. The time elapsed. I was left without any dedicated ftp program and felt a residual subconscious annoyance at ws-ftp - not their fault of course - mine.) So I had to search the net for a free ftp program. I tried a few. Coffeecup was far and away the best of these. Pleasant enough interface, easy to use, no frills. It doesn't give you as much help as ws-ftp lite. There is little automation of frequently performed tasks. The procedures for finding and selecting files are odd until you get used to them. Most serious problem in daily use was that sometimes it just didn't upload files even though it gave the message that the process had
been completed. When I replaced html files on my webserver, I would sometimes have to repeat the process several times. I soon learned that I had to delete any files on the server before updating them. (This didn't apply all the time and it never applied to jpgs, gifs and some file types - these were always updated.) I gave up figuring it out and soon just took to deleting and re-sending ALL files on a site, when I updated a page. This is a nuisance - time consuming and even money consuming if you have to pay for time online. So, it was back to ws-ftp lite on my next disk reorganisation, but I still use Coffeecup occasionally.