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Two New Articles: Changing File Permissions and Using cPanel

Many new users stumble over various file operations when installing Thesis. One of the difficulties encountered is how to change file permissions. The first of the new articles addresses just this question:

How to Change File and Folder Permissions” describes how most FTP computer programs change file permissions. In addition, it gives specific instructions on how to change the layout.css file and the cache folder permissions.

Some users, especially new users, do not have an FTP program on their computer. Instead, they use cPanel or a similar program on their host’s server. The second of the new articles tells how to use it to accomplish Thesis-related tasks:

File Management Using cPanel” is a fully illustrated article that tells you how to:

  • Get to the Thesis folder in File Manager
  • Change file permissions, including specific instructions for layout.css and the cache folder
  • Rename a file or folder
  • Upload a file or folder
  • Download a file or folder

Both these new articles reside under the “Newbies” tab on the menu.


How to Change File and Folder Permissions

Changing file and folder permissions is an important part of the Thesis installation process. Following are instructions on how to do it with an FTP program on your computer. If you are using cPanel on your host’s server, consult the article “File Management Using cPanelFile Management Using cPanel” for instructions.

The details of changing file and folder permissions depends on the FTP program you are using. There are so many programs that describing how each one does it would be impractical. However, most change permissions the same way:

1. Right click on the file or folder on your server you want to work with.

2. Select “Get Info,” “Properties,” “Permissions” or similar wording.

3. Choose the permissions tab (if necessary) and type in the permissions as follows:

For the layout.php file: Numerical permissions are 666. If you have to click on boxes, the settings are: Owner-read write; Group-read write; Others-read write.

For the cache folder: Numerical permissions are 777. If you have to click on boxes, the settings are: Owner-read write execute; Group-read write execute; Others-read write execute.

4. Save the permissions. My program says “apply,” others may say “save” or something similar.

If these instructions don’t work for you, consult your FTP program’s help file. However…

Should you need further help, there’s a good article, “FTP Tutorial: Changing permissions with SmartFTP” that will point you in the right direction. Although specific to the SmartFTP program, the procedure is the same for most ftp programs.

I hope this article has been of help to you, even though it was a little generic. As always, your comments are welcome.

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