Web Host Anonymous FTP

Anonymous FTP means that a guest can use FTP (file transfer protocol) to access your website without a username or password.

This can be useful if your website procures any type of file from its visitors; for example, image libraries or articles. A visitor can use their FTP program of choice to upload files to a public area of your website.

Anonymous FTP access is generally restricted to higher-level web hosting packages. Security is important, because it is providing a manner for anybody to gain write access to the web server, but with due care anonymous FTP does not pose any problems.

Be sure to monitor any files that are uploaded to your website through anonymous FTP. Liability for illegal material will rest on your shoulder.

It is rare that an average website will need anonymous FTP access, so consider whether your website plans include this feature, and if not, don’t be concerned if a web host does not offer it.