File manager allows you to manage and edit the files right inside the cPanel interface. You do not need to download/upload the files or require any special software on your computer to edit them. Although this method can be used to create entire website however it is meant for quick fixes or edits on the fly. Normally you would want to keep a local copy of files that you maintain and edit in a developer environment such as Adobe Dreamweaver.
You can access the File Manager under Files section as shown in the screen shot below:
When you click the icon, a small popup window will show to select a folder to open in File Manager. You can choose Home Directory which contains all other files and folders, or you can go directly to web root (i.e. public_html) folder which contains your main website files. Or if you have multiple websites hosted, you can go to any particular document root.
You also have the option to Show Hidden Files (files that start with dot) and you can skip this popup in future if you want to open a particular folder every time you go into File Manager.
Once you have made the selection, a new tab or window will open with the File Manager.
You will have the folders in a tree structure on the left and files in the selected folder in the right pane. You can do many functions such as Create New File, Copy, Move, Upload, Download, Delete, Rename, Edit, Change Permissions, and View files. For example to rename the file, highlight it and click Rename icon on top menu and you’ll get a popup window to enter new name:
Similarly other functions can be performed. While editing you have the option to edit as text or HTML Editor:
You can also do code highlighting when editing code files using Code Editor:
We hope the File Manager can be a handy tool. If you need any assistance, please contact support or you can post your comment/question on this blog.