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Setup and Manage FTP Access to Your Site Using cPanel

Posted by Jamison on 26 10 2015.

The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is the type of protocol that allows for the files of a particular website to be safely managed. If you are a cPanel user, you can take advantage of this interface, which enables you not only to create your site’s FTP accounts, but also manage them.

 

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that, the FTP interface can only be accessed via cPanel if your web host has it enabled on the server you use. If it has, then you can use the same account username and password you use with your cPanel account when logging in to FTP.

 

Adding an FTP Account

 

When you want to add an FTP account, the following are the steps you need to follow:

 

	Put in your preferred username in the text box for “Login” credentials.
	Put in your desired password.
	Confirm the password by entering it in the appropriate text box.

 

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The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is the type of protocol that allows for the files of a particular website to be safely managed. If you are a cPanel user, you can take advantage of this interface, which enables you not only to create your site’s FTP accounts, but also manage them.

 

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that, the FTP interface can only be accessed via cPanel if your web host has it enabled on the server you use. If it has, then you can use the same account username and password you use with your cPanel account when logging in to FTP.

 

Adding an FTP Account

 

When you want to add an FTP account, the following are the steps you need to follow:

 

  1. Put in your preferred username in the text box for “Login” credentials.
  2. Put in your desired password.
  3. Confirm the password by entering it in the appropriate text box.

 

When you add an FTP account and put in a password, the system is going to determine how strong or secure it is. The grading is between 0 to 100, wherein 0 means an extremely weak password, and 100 means a very strong password.

 

If your web host has set a minimum strength requirement for the password, you need to meet this in order to proceed. Once the Strength meter goes green, it means that the password you have entered meets or go beyond this required strength. In the event that you cannot think of a password strong enough to satisfy this requirement, you can use the “Password Generator” for assistance.

 

After this, you can proceed to entering the home directory of your FTP account.

 

  1. Hit the “Create FTP Account” button. Once the new FTP account has been made, it is going to appear in the table labelled “FTP Accounts.”

 

Browsing and Managing FTP Accounts

 

The FTP Accounts table is where you can find all of your existing existing FTP accounts. This is where you can also manage them.

 

Changing FTP Account Passwords

 

When you want to change the password of your FTP accounts, perform these steps:

 

  1. Locate the FTP account you want to change the password of.
  2. Click on the “Change Password” button.
  3. Type in your desired password.
  4. Confirm the password.
  5. Click on the “Change Password” button.

 

Changing FTP Account Quotas

 

You can also change the quota of your FTP accounts. To do this, perform the following:

 

  1. Click on the “Change Quota” button for the specific FTP account you want to modify.
  2. Put in your desired disk space quota. You may also choose the “Unlimited” option.
  3. Hit on the “Change Quota” button.

 

Deleting FTP Accounts

 

When you want to remove an FTP account, just do the following:

 

  1. Locate the FTP account you want to get rid of.
  2. Click on the “Delete” button.
  3. Choose from any of the options for deletion:

 

  • Delete Account. Choosing this removes just the FTP accounts but not the files contained in their home directory.

 

  • Delete Account and Files. Choosing this removes everything – the account and all files associated with it.

 

It’s important that you use the “Delete Account and Files” option only if you are really sure of it, and that it cannot access your “public_html directory.” If you accidentally remove an FTP account that has access to this root directory, your website is going to break.