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Managing Your Hosting Account's Files

Your hosting account is on a computer — just like a personal computer. So, just like a personal computer you can manage your website's files and directories, with tasks like:

  • Uploading
  • Moving
  • Archiving (zipping) and unarchiving

Changes you make through your hosting account's file manager will take effect on the Internet immediately.

To Manage Your Hosting Account's Files

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Click Web Hosting.

Click one of the following, based on the type of hosting you have. You can tell this by the second word in your hosting's description beneath your hosting account's domain name, e.g. Deluxe Web correlates to Web/Classic (Hosting Control Panel).

Web/Classic (Hosting Control Panel)

  1. Next to the account you want to use, click Manage.
  2. From the Files & FTP menu, select File Manager.
  3. Use the File Manager's following tools:
Button Use it to...
File Icon Double-click any file to open it in a text editor.
Upload Upload files from your computer.
New Create new files or directories.
Move Change the selected file's or directory's parent directory.
Download Download selected files from your hosting account to your computer.
Privacy Change the file's permissions.
Delete Remove the selected files from your hosting account.
Rename Change the file's or directory's name.
Duplicate Create a duplicate copy of the selected file or directory.
Archive Create an archive file containing the selected content.
Extract Open an archive file to reveal its contents.
Symbolic Link Create a symbolic link to other files in your account (more info).
Properties Display information about the selected file or directory.
Enable history view (Linux only) Use the hosting account's built-in history tool to restore files (more info).

Linux (cPanel)

  1. Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Manage.
  2. In the Files section, click File Manager.
  3. Use the File Manager's following tools:
Button Use it to...
+ File Create a new, blank text file.
+ Folder Create a new directory.
Copy Create a duplicate copy of the selected file or directory.
Move Change the selected file's or directory's parent directory.
Upload Upload files from your computer.
Download Download selected files from your hosting account to your computer.
Delete Remove the selected files from your hosting account.
Restore Deprecated
Rename Change the file's or directory's name.
Edit Open the file in a plain text editor.
Code Editor Open the file in an editor with code-oriented syntax highlighting.
HTML Editor Open the file in an editor with HTML-oriented highlighting.
Permissions Change the file's permissions.
View Open the file in a read-only editor.
Extract Open an archive file to reveal its contents.
Compress Create an archive file containing the selected content.

Windows (Plesk)

  1. Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Manage.
  2. Go to the Files tab.
  3. Use the File Manager's following tools:
Button Use it to...
Upload Files Upload files from your computer.
New Create new files or directories.
Copy Create a duplicate copy of the selected file or directory.
Move Change the selected file's or directory's parent directory.
Remove Remove the selected files from your hosting account.
Extract Files (More) Open an archive file to reveal its contents.
Add to Archive (More) Create an archive file containing the selected content.
Calculate Size (More) Display a file's size.
Change Timestamp (More) Change the selected file's timestamp.
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