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A cPanel guide for beginners. (5): upload to your website

By Michael Scannell

A really simple process

Your server

If you have a Web site, then somewhere in the world there is a computer (or a set of computers) on which sit your Web pages, your graphics and your scripts, ready all round the clock for visitors to call them up. This is your server.

Michael Scannell

Michael is the Web Costa Blanca webmaster.

He has worked on many Web sites, both large and small, in Spain and the UK.

So how do I get the files to the server?

A Web hosting provider like Web Costa Blanca will do this for you—as will most website designers. But maybe you run your own Web site, or you want to add a page of your own. Or you have just changed a couple of words on a page, and you'd like to upload the amended page yourself. Do you need an FTP program?

No. You can do simple jobs like this from within your cPanel.

Start with the File Manager icon

cPanel File Manager iconIn the X theme as used by Web Costa Blanca, this is at the end of the top row. Just before you click on it, you should know that this particular icon usually opens a new window. If you don't want this, and you have an up-to-date browser, use your browser's shortcut to open it in a new tab instead.

You will find yourself looking at the top level of your website.

The cPanel File Manager screen

Getting round your website

A cPanel tipIf you know how to get round the folders on your own computer, this should be straightforward. But do notice one thing: you have to click on the little yellow folder icons to get around. If you click on the folder name (or a file name) you will be presented with a list of things you can do to the folder—in an area at the top right of the screen which is blank when you start.

The files which visitors can see will all be in the folder called public_html, or one of its sub-folders.

Go to public_html

Click once on the little yellow folder icon to the left of the name public_html (not on the name itself!) and you will see all your top-level files, in a long list.
At the top of the list is a little black arrow,cPanel upload iconwith the words Upload file(s) by it.

Click on the arrow or the words

cPanel upload form

In this case, if you click either on the icon or the words, the same thing happens. You are presented with a form allowing you to upload up to 12 files at a time. Just click on the little button to the right of each little box to browse on your own computer for the file you want. Then when you have added your file, or files, tick the little option box which says Overwrite existing files, followed by the button which says Upload.

The new file(s) will now be on your Web site. You yourself can always find them by name, and visitors to your website can find them if another public file links to them. (You may have to amend another file to make sure this happens.)

What could be simpler?

Next tutorial in this Cpanel beginners’ guide: edit your Web pages

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