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ftp vs http

Posted By:Nabin       Posted Date: September 03, 2009    Points: 25    Category: Web Services    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

FTPStands for File Transfer Protocol where HTTPStands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol.
FTP is used to upload files from a workstation to a FTP server or download files from a FTP server to Workstation, HTTP is used to transfer files from a web server onto a browser in order to view a web page that is on the internet.
When FTP is used entire files are transferred from one device to another and copied into memory in order for the files to be available on internet, conversly when HTTP is used only the contents of a web page are tranferred into a browser for viewing.
FTP is a Two-way system, as files are transferred back and forth between server and work station, where as HTTP is a One way system, as files are transferred only from the server onto work station browser.
When FTP appears in URL it means that the user is connecting to a file server and not a web server and that some form of file transfer is going to take place. Most FTP servers require the user to log on to the server in order to the server to transfer files. When HTTP appears in a URL it means that the user is connecting to a web server not a file server. Files are transferred but not downloaded, therefore not copied into the memory of receiving device.
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