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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?

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, using symlinks you could point:

to the actual config.php file:

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 Manage.
  4. From the Tools section, click File Manager.
  5. Select the file or folder you want to create the symbolic link for.
  6. From the More menu, click Symbolic Link.
  7. Name the file you wish to create as the symlink, using the appropriate file extension.
  8. Select the directory to create the symlink to.
  9. Click OK.
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