How to Manage Your Files in CPanel With No FTP

File Manager in CPanel

Why File Manager in CPanel, is a very Useful Tool?

One of the cool advantages, of using the recommended CPanel Hosting, is that technically speaking, you can manage all the files on your web hosting account, using your browser, meaning over http, without needing a special FTP software.

You will be able to:

  • Upload files quickly and easily to your web hosting account without needing a special FTP Software.
  • Create or Delete files on your web hosting account without needing a special FTP Software.
  • Manage all file permission on your web hosting account
  • Compress or decompress folders on your web hosting account, all this can be done through your browser, which will make it easier for you to download or upload files from your computer to the web hosting account
  • Also...You will be able to edit your files on the spot, which can make things easier and faster, instead of downloading the file locally to your computer, then editing the file, and uploading again. For small edits, this can be very time consuming. But you can edit your files online, through your browser, quickly and easily.

While not as sophisticated as most FTP tools, File Manager gives you all the basic functionality necessary to manage your site.

What is File Manager:

File manager, is a tool that you use to manage files on your web hosting account. Your Web Hosting Account without any files on it, will not accomplish what it is supposed to be doing, which is serving out your files, that you uploaded. Now there are many ways to get files on your Web Hosting Account, and in this tutorial you will learn one easy way, to get files on your web hosting account as soon as possible.

How to Access the File Manager in CPanel?

To access the File Manager click on the corresponding icon in the Files section of your cPanel.



Then you will be able to pick the directory for which to open using the File Manager. And then finally you should be able to see something like the image below:

cPanel - File Manager - x3 theme

How to upload files in File Manager?

Step 1: Navigate to the folder where you want to upload your files.

Step 2: Click on the Upload icon.

Step 3: Click on the Browse button next to one of the top fields.

Step 4: Search for and double-click on the first file to upload. The upload will start automatically.

Step 5: Repeat the above steps for each file you want to upload.

Step 6: Click on the Overwrite existing files check box if you want to overwrite existing files with the same name.

You can download files from the server to your personal computer through the Download option.

You can copy and move files between the account's folders through the Copy and Move File functionalities. You can Renameand Delete the existing files through the corresponding options.

How to Create a New File?

For small files it can be easier to create them online rather than on your home computer.

To create a new file please follow the steps listed below:

Step 1: Click on the New File link.

Step 2: Enter the name of the file to be created. Please mind to add the correct extension. For example if you create a php file, the extension will be .php.

Step 3: Pick the destination where the file should be saved and click on the Create New File button. The file is created.

 How to Edit a File in File Manager?

Editing an existing file through the File Manager allows you to make immediate changes to your web site without having to upload a new version of the file. This is useful for small changes but would be inefficient for large alterations. To edit a file please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Navigate to the folder where the file is located.

Step 2: Click on the name of the file.

Step 3: Click on the Edit link in the top menu of your window. This will open a new window with the content of the file displayed.

Step 4: Alter the text of the file.

Step 5: Click on the Save Changes button when you are ready. The file is saved and the changes will take effect from now on.

You can use more sophisticated editors as the Code Editor and the HTML Editor. You can also click on the View link in the File Manager main menu. The file will be opened for reading and you will not be able to edit it.

As you can see there are so many things you can do out of the box, using the File Manager App, that comes as part of your CPanel Hosting. So if you like to see this in action, I highly recommend that you invest in the Easy WordPress Training Program. You will see all the above, and you will see how you can compress or decompress folders quickly with no compression software needed. It will make copying files between your local computer, and your web hosting account done with Ease.

You will see how all of this is done, quickly and easily. And also you will learn How to Edit file permissions in CPanel.


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