There are three ways to allow guest users to download, upload or view files in dedicated directories of your account:
FTP Subaccounts (available only for Unix based accounts)
The simplest way to authorize your friends or colleagues to work with
particular directories of your account is to create FTP subaccounts.
An FTP subaccount is a combination of a username and a password,
which gives full FTP permissions to a single directory, without giving
access to the root directory, other directories or the control panel. No
dedicated IP is required for FTP subaccounts. Although each FTP
subaccount has a login which is different from yours, both
have the same ID in the system.
To create a new FTP subaccount:
- Go to your control panel home.
- Click the FTP Manager icon.
- At the bottom of the page that shows, find FTP sub-accounts and click the Add
- On the next page, enter the FTP login and password that will be used
by this other user, and the directory this user will be restricted to.
The directory must be relative to your home directory. If you leave
the directory field empty, FTP sub-users will have access to
your whole home directory.
FTP subaccount traffic is a part of the Total/Summary
traffic, but you can always see how much FTP traffic has been run up by
an individual FTP subaccount by going to the FTP Manager page
and clicking the Edit icon next to the subaccount login.
Virtual FTP provides ampler possibilities than FTP sub-accounts.
You can give your authorized Virtual FTP users access to more than
one directory and specify a different set of permissions
for each directory. Virtual FTP users log right into your
root, but can enter only those directories you allow them
To provide Virtual FTP Access to a certain domain, do the following:
- Skip this step if you are already using a dedicated IP.
On your control panel home page, click the Domains icon.
- If you have several domains, choose the one to enable virtual FTP for.
- On the page that appears, switch to dedicated IP. Click
here to read about
the difference between shared and dedicated IPs.
- Go back to your control panel home page and click the
FTP Service icon. Enable FTP for this domain:
- Click the confirmation link to agree with the charges.
- On the next page, add server name for the new virtual host.
This name will appear in the welcome message when guest users
connect to your server with FTP clients. Also, enter the
e-mail address by which FTP users can reach you with
questions or comments.
- Click the Edit icon for FTP for this domain.
- Click the Add icon for Virtual FTP Users
and create a new Virtual FTP User:
- Click the Add icon for Virtual FTP Directories
and enter the name for the new Virtual FTP Directory:
End it with a slash, e.g.: Dir1/.
The location must be specified relative to root.
To create a virtual FTP directory inside a different
directory, include the path, for example UserDirs/Dir1/.
On the same page, specify permissions to this directory:
Read: check to allow file downloads from this directory.
Write: check to allow file uploads to this directory.
List: check to allow viewing / browsing the contents
of the directory. It is usually used jointly with Read.
Grant Permissions to all users: check to grant these
permissions to all your Virtual FTP users.
If you leave this property unchecked, you will have to
define permissions on this directory individually for
each Virtual FTP User.
- Click the Edit icon next to the directory you have
just created. If you haven't granted the same permissions
to all your Virtual FTP Users, you can specify permissions
for each of them individually:
If you have chosen to grant the same permissions to all
users, you can skip this step.