File management is a big part of running a website, and you can do it in many different ways. FTP (or File Transfer Protocol) might seem like the most obvious choice, but the truth is, the protocol is quite old now, and it’s nowhere near as secure as it should be. FTPS and SFTP are good alternatives, but they’re not very practical in some cases.
Indeed, Windows and Unix-based operating systems can connect to a server out of the box, but you need to use a command-line interface, which could be a bit intimidating for less experienced users. Many FTP clients now support the more secure alternatives of the protocol as well, and they do offer a relatively easy-to-use file management interface, but they might not be available on all computers you manage your website from.
Ideally, you should be able to manage your files through a tool that is as easy-to-use as an FTP client and is universally available at the same time. ScalaHosting’s clients can get access to such a tool.
What is SPanel’s File Manager?
Those of you who go for one of our shared or managed VPS hosting solutions will get to manage their entire hosting account through SPanel – a proprietary control panel that gives you all the tools you need to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
By default, SPanel is located at https://[your domain name]/spanel/, and you can log into it from anywhere in the world using nothing more than a browser. Through it, you can create and delete FTP and email accounts, manage databases, backups, and SSL certificates, and even install a content management system. The built-in File Manager gives you complete control over the files and directories of your website as well.
With it, you can upload new files, create new folders, and delete existing ones. You can also download entire folders to your local machine.
Archiving and downloading directories through SPanel’s File Manager
The File Manager’s interface is very similar to the data management system integrated into your desktop operating system, and we’re sure that you’ll have absolutely no problems getting used to it.
To download a folder from your hosting account, you simply need to navigate to it, right-click on it, and select Download from the context menu. The selected folder, along with its contents, will be placed in a ZIP archive, and your browser will automatically start the download (depending on your settings, it might ask you where you’d like to save the archive first). After the download has finished, you will be able to extract the files from the ZIP and work on them.