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Share files over the internet
Discover how to share files over the web and by FTP

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Introduction
The principles of transferring files between PCs
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Size up your files
Faster transfers start with good compression
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Get files faster over a network
Make more of networking by sharing your files and folders
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Internet sharing
Discover how to share files over the web and by FTP
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Peer-to-peer filesharing
P2P gets a bad press, but it's one of the best ways to share
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BitTorrent
A guide to using and optimising this popular P2P network
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T
he internet is without a shadow of doubt the easiest and most convenient way to share files with friends and family. Over the next few pages we're looking at sharing files using three different aspects of the internet: file transfer protocol (FTP), the web and peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.
 
   The web is obviously the most visible and familiar part of the internet to many, so the step-by-step box below basically reveals six different sites or services for sharing different types of file, from photos and documents to diagrams and even your calendar.

Step-by-step: Six web-sharing services


1. WINDOWS LIVE SKYDRIVE


2. GOOGLE DOCS


3. ZOHO


4. FLICKR


5. GLIFFY


6. GOOGLE CALENDAR



Upload the FTP way
FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is the traditional way of uploading files to the internet, and one of the reasons it's still popular is because it's quick and easy. While it's possible to upload files using FTP in Internet Explorer or through Windows, it's not the most effective way of doing so.
 
   A far better way is to use a FTP client, which - once configured - gives you quick and easy access to your server space, whether it's free space offered by your Internet Service Provider or spare capacity from your web host. One of the best free tools out there is FileZilla, which you can download from here.
 
   To gain access to your online storage you'll need three things: a FTP address, plus username and password for gaining access to that storage space. Your ISP or web host can provide these - check its online help section for details.


Step-by-step: Set up access to your web space with FileZilla


1. FIRST STEPS


2. ENTER LOGON DETAILS


3. SET INITIAL DIRECTORIES



   Once you've logged on to your web or storage space you can use it like a Windows drive - create folders to help organise your uploads and then upload files to those folders. While it's possible to browse your hard drive using FileZilla itself (navigate using the left-hand pane), it's usually quicker to simply drag and drop from an Explorer window into your web space as represented in FileZilla's right-hand window.
 
   Upload speeds will depend on your ISP and package, but don't expect them to be anywhere near as fast as your download speeds - as an example, the Virgin Media 10Mb package can download up to 1MB (1,024KB) of data per second, but upload speeds are typically around 60-70KB/s.

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