|(networking)||archive site - (Or "FTP site", "FTP archive") An Internet
host where program source, documents, e-mail or news
messages are stored for public access via anonymous FTP,
Gopher, World-Wide Web or other document distribution
system. There may be several archive sites for e.g. a
Usenet newsgroup though one may be recognised as the main
FTP servers were common on the Internet for many years before the World-Wide Web (WWW) was invented and are still used in preference to web servers for serving large files such as software distributions. This is because FTP is more efficient than HTTP, the protocol of the WWW. Many sites therefore run both HTTP and FTP servers.
Some well-known archive sites include Imperial College, UK, UUNET, USA.
See also archie, GNU archive site, mirror.