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How to manage Hosting Account's files

Website files are contained on its respective Hosting Accounts. Neither can function with the absence of the other.

In the digital environment, change is necessary – if not mandatory – to keep up with the latest demands. As a hosting provider, we provide a user-friendly interface (File Manager) to the users, so change is possible without delay.

You can easily manage your website files within the File Manager. As a guide, here’s how you can manage your website files but not limited thereto.

Important Note: Before making any changes, please make sure to back up your website first.

Table of Content

  1. Access the File Manager
  2. Create, delete, rename and edit files
  3. Copy or move files and folders
  4. Upload or download files and folders
  5. Set file permission
  6. Zip or unzip files and folders

1. Access the File Manager

Before you can manage your files within the Hosting Manager, you have to access the File Manager beforehand. Here’s a detailed instruction to do so:

2. Create, delete, rename and edit files

You can easily create, delete, rename and edit files within the File Manager. A detailed guide is presented below for your reference.

Create files or folders

  1. Open File Manager.
  2. Click File or Folder button at the upper-right corner of the page.
  3. In the pop-up box that follows, enter unique file or folder’s name on the appropriate field.

    Important Note: A file name without extension is considered as a text document. Make sure to add extension if necessary.

  4. Click Create New File or Create New Folder to complete action.

Delete files or folders

  1. Open File Manager.
  2. Select files or folder you wish to remove.
  3. Click Delete at the top of the page.
  4. In the pop-up box, click Trash File(s).
    You may tick the box for Skip the trash and permanently delete the files to completely remove files from the hosting account.

Rename files or folders

  1. Open File Manager.
  2. Select the file or folder you wish to rename.
  3. Click Rename button at the top of the page.
  4. Enter a new name on the field provided.
  5. Click Rename File to proceed.

Edit files and folders

If you wish to modify your current files, here's a detailed guide to help you do so:

3. Copy or move files and folders

File manager’s copy and move tools functions just the same. The slight difference is the fact that the move tool transfers files from the current directory to the new directory, while the copy tool duplicates the files on both directories.

Here’s a guide to help you copy or move files accurately:

  1. Open File Manager.
  2. Select the file or folder you wish to copy or move.
  3. Click Copy or Move at the top of the page.
  4. Enter the correct file path on the field provided.
  5. Click Copy File(s) or Move File(s) to complete action.

4. Upload or download files and folders

Files and folders can come in and out in the File Manager. With this interface, you can always upload and download files if you need to. However, take note that only single upload is supported. If you wish to upload bulk files, we recommend using an FTP client to save time.

Upload files and folders

  1. Open File Manager.
  2. Click Upload at the top of the page.
    You will be redirected to a new page.
  3. Tick the box for Overwrite existing files if necessary. Then, select correct file permission before proceeding.
  4. Click Choose File button.
  5. Select the file or folder you wish to upload.

Download files and folders

  1. Open File Manager.
  2. Select the files or folders you wish to download.
  3. Click Download at the top of the page.

5. Set file permissions

Files have access permissions. In such way, the server will know how to handle requests to access files. Access ranges from Read, files are shown to the user; Write, users can modify files; and Execute, users can execute files as programs. Furthermore, users varies from User, the owner; Group, other users on the server; and World, site visitors.

It is important to set file permissions so the server can read web pages and respond to web browser’s requests. Here’s a simple instruction to do so:

  1. Open File Manager.
  2. Select the file or folder you need to modify.
  3. Tick the appropriate box on every user group to set permission.
    The permission number will follow accordingly as you check the box.

    Important Note: Unless a specific script needs special permissions, files should be set to 644 permission while folders are set to 755.

  4. Click Change Permissions button.

6. Zip or unzip files and folders

Several files can be compressed on a single folder. Additionally, you can extract compressed files. Both ways are possible using the File Manager. A simple instruction is given below.

Zip multiple files

  1. Open File Manager.
  2. Select the files you wish to zip.
  3. Click Compress at the top of the page.
  4. Select preferred compression type.
  5. Enter name on the field provided.
  6. Click Compress File(s) button

Unzip compressed folder

  1. Open File Manager.
  2. Click zipped file.
  3. Select Extract at the top of the page.
  4. Enter correct file path for the files.
  5. Click Extract File(s) button.

Conratulations! You just learned how to manage your hosting account's files.

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