File Management Using cPanel

by Mike Nichols

One of the most popular control panels for hosting services is cPanel. It offers a large variety of services, including file management. If your host doesn’t use cPanel, they are certain to use a program that’s very similar in function.

Following are instructions on how to use cPanel to do four of the most common functions required by Thesis: change file permissions, change a file or folder name, upload a file, and download a file.

To get to Thesis folder in File Manager

1. Open cPanel. Different hosting services will have different ways of doing this, so if you don’t know how you will have to ask them.

The Files panel. Double-click on File Manager.

The Files panel. Double-click on File Manager.

2. Look for the “Files” panel, then double-click on the File Manager Icon.

Select the directory you want to work in from the pull-down list

Select the directory you want to work in from the pull-down list

3. Select the directory you want to open from the pull-down list. It will probably be named the same as your domain.
4. Double-click on the wp-content folder.
5. Double-click on the themes folder.
6. Double-click on the Thesis folder.

This is what the Thesis folder will look like

This is what the Thesis folder will look like

This is what the Thesis folder will look like when you get there.

How to change file or folder permissions

1. Highlight the file or folder

Click on Change Permissions in the upper menu

Click on File Permissions in the upper menu

2. Click on Change Permissions in upper menu

This is what layout.php permissions should look like

This is what layout.php permissions should look like

3. For the layout.php file: Click the upper two rows of boxes until the numbers read 666, as illustrated. Save by clicking on “Change Permissions.”

This is what the Cache folder permissions will look like

This is what the Cache folder permissions will look like

4. For the cache folder: Open the custom folder by double clicking it and highlight the cache folder. Click all three rows of boxes until the numbers read 777, as illustrated. Save by clicking on “Change Permissions.”

Rename a file or folder

1. Highlight the file or folder

Click on Rename in the upper menu

Click on Rename in the upper menu

2. Click on Rename in the upper menu.

Enter the new name in the dialog box

Enter the new name in the dialog box

3. Enter the new name in the dialog box and click on “Rename File.”

Upload a file

Click on Upload in the upper menu

Click on Upload in the upper menu

1. Click on Upload in the upper menu.

Upload page. Click "Choose File"

2. An Upload Files page will appear. Click on “Choose File.”
3. A file dialog will appear allowing you to choose a file on your computer to upload.
4. A progress bar will keep you informed of the upload’s progress.

Download a file

1. Highlight the file or folder.

Click on Download in the upper menu

Click on Download in the upper menu

2. Click on Download in the upper menu. The download will start immediately without a dialog box.


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