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How to make changes to your website

A question we're sometimes asked by customers is "How do I make changes to my website?". There are in fact many ways to do this and we'll attempt to cover the four most popular ones here.

Using FTP software

FTP Software allows you to upload files to your MyHost web space, and download files onto your computer. Each has different features, but all do basically the same job - that is transferring files to and from your website. The basic details for FTP access are provided in the section of your setup email entitled "FTP ACCESS" and you may also like to check out our hosting manual entry on configuring your FTP software for further information.

Using web development software

Many "Web Builder" or "HTML Editor" tools such as Aptana Studio, Coda (Mac) and KompoZer have built-in file uploading capabilites. This means you can develop and modify your web pages with these tools and automatically upload them to the server. Typically, they will require the information provided in your setup email under the heading "FTP ACCESS". See Wikipedia for a comprehensive list of available HTML Editors.

Using the built-in cPanel "File Manager" system

Clicking on the "File Manager" link within cPanel will give you access to modify or download existing files, as well as being able to upload new files. See the "Video Tutorials" section of your cPanel for a guide to using the File Manager.

Using the built-in cPanel "Web Disk" feature

cPanel's "Web Disk" allows you to create a folder on your own computer that gives you immediate access to your website files. Using this feature, you can easily drag and drop files to or from your website, in the same way you would with any folder on your computer. You can't currently "Save" directly to the Web Disk on your computer, but you can drop modified files into it, which will overwrite those on the server. To set the Web Disk up, click the "Web Disk" link in your cPanel and follow the instructions for your operating system. Also see the "Video Tutorials" section of your cPanel for a demonstration of how this works.