(1) Communications protocol that can transmit binary and ASCII data files without loss of data. See: Kermit, Xmodem, Ymodem, Zmodem. (2) TCP/IP protocol that is used to log onto the network, list directories, and copy files. It can also translate between ASCII and EBCDIC. See: TCP/IP.
A software program which transfers files from your computer up to your server, or vice versa. Voyager is a good ftp program for Windows. Fetch is a popular ftp program for the Mac. (While Fetch is doing its thing, the mouse pointer becomes a little running dog with its tail wagging.) An ftp program may be stand-alone, like Voyager or Fetch. Or, it may be part of the HTML translator.
File Transfer Protocol is a method to upload and download files over the Internet.