Use FTP to Upload Flash CS5 Files to the Web - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is the method used to connect and transfer Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5 iles between your local computer and a remote web server and is the most common way of posting finished Flash CS5 files to the web for the public to see.

FTP connections occur between your computer and a server that opens the connection to receive the files. Servers often are maintained by a hosting company that provides you with an account and a space for your web site files. You may also be posting your work to a network machine or a dedicated server maintained by your company. Flash doesn’t have FTP capabilities, but there are many FTP clients available that you can install on your computer vary in price and features.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 includes full FTP functionality and can create and store connections to several different servers or hosting accounts. If you want a more basic (and free) option, you can connect to a web server via FTP directly from Windows Explorer or choose the Go→Connect to Server option in the Finder on Macintosh OS X. Alternatively, browsers such as Firefox support cool, free add-ons such as FireFTP. In most applications, copying files to and from the server is as simple as dragging and dropping from one window to another.

To connect to a server, you need to purchase or have access to a web-hosting account, network computer, or dedicated server. Most FTP connections require a user ID and password; check with your server administrator or hosting company to find information for your specific account.