Using the Index Manager

This tutorial will assume that you are already logged into your cPanel. If you are having problems doing that or don't know how, please view the tutorial named: How to log into cPanel.

The Index Manager enables you to control how directories on your website are displayed. If there is not an index file in a given directory, then the contents of that directory will be displayed in a browser which is very undesirable and can cause security issues. With Index Manager you can set your account up to not allow your directory contents to be shown.

On the main page of your cPanel scroll down to the section named advanced and click on the link named index manager. At the main index manager page you will see your folders listed that you can navigate through by clicking on the icons. When you find the directory you want to address, click on the name to open another screen where you will see the path for your chosen directory.

There are four choices:

  • Default System Setting: allows the directory contents to be shown
  • No Indexing: does not allow directory contents to be shown
  • Standard Indexing (text only): prevents browsers from viewing the contents of directories that do not contain image files
  • Fancy Indexing (graphics): prevents browsers from viewing the contents of directories that do contain image files

Click on your choice then the save button. You will then be taken to a verification screen where you can see that the settings have been updated. Click on go back.

You can return and change the settings at any time for any of your directories.

Click the home link in the upper left corner and return to the main cPanel page or to exit cPanel use the logout link in the upper right corner. Remember, if you are using a public computer, ALWAYS logout of cPanel before closing.

For additional assistance, contact us by submitting a support ticket.

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