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Creating Symbolic Links with Linux Hosting Accounts

This article only applies to Web & Classic Hosting. For more information, see What type of hosting account do I have?

NOTE: Before you start, click here to see which version of the FTP File Manager is in your Control Panel. This help article applies to the Classic FTP File Manager. If you are using the New FTP File Manager, see Creating Symbolic Links with Linux Hosting Accounts

Symbolic links, or symlinks, are files that only point to another file or directory, creating a forwarding effect. You can create symbolic links using your Linux Hosting account's FTP File Manager.

For example, a symlink in your root directory can provide easy access to a configuration file buried in subdirectories. So, if your domain is coolexample.com, using symlinks you could point:

http://coolexample.com/config.php

to the actual config.php file:

http://coolexample.com/home/crm/content/abc/config.php

To Create a Symbolic Link

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Click Web Hosting.
  3. Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Launch.
  4. From the Tools section, click FTP File Manager.
  5. Click Symlinks.
  6. Select the file or folder to which the symlink will point.
  7. Name the file you wish to create as the symlink, using the appropriate file extension.

    NOTE: Select the directory in which to create the symlink using the left-side panel, which also displays your account's file structure.

  8. Click OK.
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