I need to be able to upload many files and have them downloadable for other people. How?

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ScotStah / 5 Points
2012-08-07 4:47 pm EST
I want to share many different documents so that others can download them.

When I signed up for WebHosting the rep said I could do that, but I noticed the DownLoad File component only allows me to store one file.

Can I use Drupal? Should I use FTP?

Either answer will require me to know how to set up either, access either, and assign permissions.

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16,349 Points
2012-08-07 6:48 pm EST
Hello ScotStah,

I'm going to answer your question but with a little bit of a warning. If the files you're having people download are part of an ecommerce site, or necessary part of your website, it's no problem. However, as per terms of service:

Web Hosting Hub's "Unlimited" Policy is designed for the typical needs of a personal, micro, or small business. For example, it is not intended for computationally intensive software, large file repositories, as a backup system, as a free file download system, as a data warehouse, as a video archiving site, or other uses suitable for a dedicated server.

I do apologize if there was some miscommunication over this issue, but I wanted to be clear as this is a part of the Terms of Service for Web Hosting Hub.

FTP would be the best way to share numerous files, but you can approach it several ways:

1) If you want to use the Builder, you can bundle your files into a zip file (using a compression program to bundle your files into one big compressed file) and then use the File download option in the Builder

2)You can setup a Folder in the Cpanel that contains the files. You would need to upload the files using an FTP client. You would then share the folder name in a path such as www.yourdomainname/foldername - this information would need to be shared either through a page on your website, or through an email or other means so that your users know where those files are located. When anyone opened that folder, the files would be listed and they could download them that way.

3) You could setup FTP users in CPANEL and then also create a folder and upload your files into that folder. You would have to provide information (by publishing it on a page or emailing the users) so that they could access the folder via FTP. FTP requires user name and password for access.

Here's the article for learning how to use FTP:

Getting Started with FTP

File permissions should be simply either be 755 or 644 (you can see these numeric permissions with an FTP client or in the Cpanel File Manager.

To share files, you might also want to look at free solutions like dropbox.com, Microsoft's Skydrive, Google's Drive, Apple's Cloud drive, etc. These solutions are totally unrelated to the website, but may be what you need.

If you have any further questions, please contact technical support or leave a comment at the bottom of the page.


Arnel C.

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