Frequently Asked Hosting Questions


File Manager

When you start the file manager, you get to see the files in your /home directory. This directory initially contains the following:

public_ftp - the anonymous FTP area (only used if enabled)
public_html - where your web site is stored

Click on a directory name to view its contents.

In each directory you navigate to, you can perform several actions.

Actions
For each file/directory listed, there are various associated actions that you can take. Depending on the file type and whether the file is protected, you may be able to do the following:

- Copy the file/directory. When clicked, you will see a tree view of your directories. Click the directory you want to copy to.
- Move the file/directory. When clicked, you will see a tree view of your directories. Click the directory you want to move to.
- Rename the file/directory. When clicked, a pop-up window will appear. Enter new name and click OK.
- Edit the file. When clicked, the text file or web page will be presented for edit.
- Preview the file. When clicked, a preview of a file will appear in a new window.

Change File Permissions
The last column in each row of a directory listing table contains the current permissions set for that file. If you are unsure how file permissions work, this is probably something you will not want to change. When you edit a file in the file manager, the editor will set what it thinks the permissions should be.

You can set the access permissions for most files and directories. We use the Apache XBit Hack to control Server Side Includes (SSI) file interpolation.

To put it simply, you should use the following rules (unless you have a very good reason not to!) when setting file permissions:

- dynamic SSI pages in /public_html: 744
- static SSI pages in /public_html: 754
- other pages/objects in /public_html: 644
- files in /public_ftp: 644
- scripts in /public_html/cgi-bin: 700
- everything else: 600

If this seems a little confusing, don't worry. When updating permissions, you will be warned if there are any possible security issues.

Create a Directory
Enter the new directory name and click the create button.

Uploading a File
Click the Browse... button, select the file from your computer. Then click the upload button.


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