File Manager

This section covers uploading via File Manager. You may upload using several other methods, such as FTP.

Uploading With DirectAdmin’s File Manager

1. From the main menu, navigate to System Info & Files → select the “File Manager” link.
2. Navigate to the directory where you want to upload files.
3. Click the “Upload files to current directory” green button in the leftcorner at the bottom of the screen.

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4. A new window appears where you can drop files or browse your computer to select the files you wish to upload.

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Create New Folders & Files

1. Click the “New Folder” gray button in the leftcorner at the bottom of the screen to create a new folder.
2. Click the “Create File” blue button in the leftcorner at the bottom of the screen to create a new file.

Copying Files

With File Manager you can also easily download files to your computer. Just click on the file, right mouse click and select “save as”.


Navigating through folders is accomplished by clicking on the folder name.

Moving/Deleting, Renaming, Permissions

Click on the “+” incon, next to the Folder or File name. You´ll notice a submenu. It looks like this:

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Editing Files

Certain files can be edited within the file manager. To edit a file, click on the name of the file. A new window w´ll open wher you can edit the file. After finishing click the blue “Edit” button.

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Uploading With FTP

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) allows you to upload files from your computer to your WordPress site. In order to use FTP, you will need an FTP client which is a desktop app that connects your computer to your hosting account.

Step 1: Obtain FTP client software.

Uploading to the server through FTP requires special software. Most computer systems do not come with FTP clients, so you will have to download one from the Internet. We suggest:

Windows: WinSCP, Cyberduck
Mac: Transmit
Windows/Mac/Linux: Filezilla

Step 2: Connect to the server.

All FTP clients need the following information:
Username – This is your control panel username.
Password – This is your control panel password.
Address – This is the address of the server. Use or the IP of the webserver.
Port – Use the default port (21).

Some clients may ask for the host type (select “auto”), ASCII/Binary/Auto (select “auto), and the initial remote folder (you may leave this blank or change it to /domains/ to start off in the main web directory).

Step 3: Open the public_html directory and upload your files.

If you have more than one domain hosted on your account you should first enter the /domains directory, then the domain you want to edit, then the public_html directory.

To upload, highlight the files/folders on your computer and drag them into the appropriate directory on the remote server. Each FTP client operates differently, so please consult its help file for complete instructions.

Need more help?

Please contact your hosting company for more assistance, or visit the DirectAdmin support forum at

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