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Overview

FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is a method of moving files from one computer to another. In the case of your domain, it can be used to move files from your home computer to your domain, using a freely downloadable program, such as CuteFTP (Windows) or Fetch (Mac). As a control panel owner, your control panel username and password serve as your FTP username and password, but to allow others access to your domain via FTP, you must first add them as users with the FTP User Manager.

The FTP User Manager allows you to create and manage FTP users on your domain. You assign each FTP user a unique login and, optionally, limit her access to a specific subdirectory of your site; in this case, the user can only establish an FTP connection to the subdirectory you have specified. You might, for example, add the user janedoe and only give her rights to the files at www.example.com/janedoe. When you add a new FTP user, you also set quota for her. The quota for an FTP user is the maximum amount of diskspace (in megabytes) her directory can use. This maximum can be no more than 5MB less than your domain diskspace quota, and it is cumulative. For example, if you have three FTP users and your domain diskspace quota is 200MB, you may set any (or all) of your FTP user quotas to 195MB; however, once your actual domain diskspace exceeds 195MB, your FTP users will not be able to do anything that increases diskspace used by their home directories.

Providing FTP access to other users allows you to distribute the administrative work (required to maintain your domain). You can assign users to specific subdirectories so that they may only update certain portions of your website; for example, you could assign a user to maintain the About Us portion of an online store, located at example.com/aboutus. You might also allow a user to create her own websites with a subdirectory of yours (e.g., example.com.com/username). For example, you could assign a user to maintain the About Us portion of an online store, located at example.com/aboutus.

To access the FTP User Account Manager:

Click the FTP User Manager icon in your Control Panel.

To return to the User Manager homepage at any time:

Click the FTP User Account Manager link at the top of any page.