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1/14/2015 – Working with Web Disk

Posted by Jamison on 14 01 2015.

Web Disk, also known as WebDAV, is a drag-and-drop interface in cPanel that you can use to access your website’s files in the same way you would be able to access a local drive on your computer.


With Web Disk you can:


  • Download files and store them to an SD card.
  • Upload images or video from local storage, gallery, or directly from a camera.
  • Email local files as attachments.
  • Email remote files as links.
  • Extract, compress and password-protect local files and folders.
  • Bookmark frequently accessed areas on your account.
  • Download files from the web to local storage.
  • Record audio files with a built-in voice recorder and save it locally for upload.


The latest version of Web Disk also lets users connect with their cPanel account from Android mobile devices.


How to connect to Web Disk:


  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. Go to the Files section and click the Web Disk icon.
  3. Scroll down to the Main Web Disk Account section and click Access Web Disk.
  4. Choose your operating system (if you are using PC).
  5. Click Download Quick Start Script.
  6. In the File Download pop-up, click Save File and save the file to your computer.
  7. Open and run the file.


The website files can now be viewed from your personal computer. You can also drag and drop files from your hard drive to your website.


For Microsoft Operating Systems


Connecting to Web Disk


cPanel’s version 11.38 now allows Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to be able connect to Web Disk either using an auto setup script or a manual connection.


Take note that If you are running Windows XP or Windows Vista on your desktop, you might have to download a patch from Microsoft’s website to be able to use Web Disk.


Connecting to Web Disk with no Secure Socket Layer


If you want to use Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 to access Web Disk over an unencrypted connection, cPanel will require you to enable Digest Authentication. However, if you already have a signed SSL certificate for your domain, Digest Authentication will no longer be necessary.


To enable Digest Authentication:


  1. Click Enable Digest Authentication, a confirmation dialog box should appear.
  2. Click OK.


To disable Digest Authentication:


  1. Click Disable Digest Authentication. A confirmation dialog box will appear.
  2. Click OK.


There is something you have to be aware of. Unlike SSL, Web Digest authentication is an unencrypted authentication method. This means that your cPanel credentials may be transmitted in plain text. It is highly recommended that you use FTP for this purpose instead as it is more secure.


Using Mac OS X


How to connect with MacOS X:


  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Connect to Server.
  2. In the Server Address field, enter http://(yourdomain):2077 (2078 can also be used).
  3. Click the Connect button.
  4. Enter your username and password in the WebDAV Authentication window.
  5. Click OK, your Web Disk space icon will then appear on the Desktop like any other disk or network drive.
  6. Double-click the icon to open it.
  7. The public_html folder should appear in your Web Disk space.