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How install eXtplorer on Linux hosting account?

eXtplorer, is a feature-rich web-based file manager. In this post, I will explain how to install eXtplorer on Linux hosting account, specifically on GoDaddy. GoDaddy offers a great hosting service that is not only cheap but also has extensive feature list. But irrespective of whether it is GoDaddy, HostGator, or Bluehost that you use, you need a good FTP client to connect to your hosting space transfer files. Unfortunately, many enterprise networks block FTP ports and you may not be able to install FTP Clients on your system. Here is where a web-based file manager comes in handy. So let us look at how to install eXtplorer on Linux hosting space. This method should also work on other hosting providers as well.

Install Extplorer on GoDaddy

Install eXtplorer on Linux Hosting

GoDaddy, like most other hosting providers comes with a web-based file manager. Unfortunately, if you have used them, you will know that they are not the most user-friendly. They are slow and cumbersome to use.

GoDaddy File Manager
GoDaddy File Manager

So my quest for finding a web-based FTP client that is fast, lightweight, user-friendly, secure, and is accessible for anywhere through the browser result two solutions: eXtplorer and Ajaxplorer. In this post, I will show you how to install eXtplorer on Linux hosting account on GoDaddy. eXtplorer currently includes the following great features:

  • Copy & Move Files and Directories by Drag&Drop
  • Dynamic Directory Tree with on-demand loading of subdirectories
  • Edit Files (with Syntax-Highlighting thanks to EditArea)
  • Rename, Delete or Create new Files and Directories
  • Access Files through ”FTP” or directly (using PHP) to totally overcome permission and file ownership issues
  • Upload or Download files just as you like
  • Create and Extract Archives (ZIP, Tar, Tar/GZ, Tar/BZ)
  • User Management with different permission levels like “View only” or “Edit” and “Admin”

Download eXtplorer

First, visit this page, download the latest version of eXtplorer as a zip file, and extract it. In this instance it is version 2.1.3.

Extplorer Files
eXtplorer Files

Upload eXtplorer

For now you will either have to use GoDaddy’s file manager or any FTP Client. In the example below, I have renamed the extplorer_2.1.3 folder to extplorer and uploaded it to the root directory of my hosting space. Note that you can call it anything. In fact, I recommend that you name it something other than extplorer for security reasons (just one tiny step to make a hacker’s life harder).

Upload eXtplorer Files
Upload eXtplorer Files

If not, no big deal, after we install eXtplorer on Linux hosting, I will show you how to secure it.

Visit Your eXtplorer

Next, open your browser and visit location where you installed extplorer (example: http://www.domain.com/extplorer). You should be greeted with a login screen.

eXtplorer Login Screen
eXtplorer Login Screen

The default username and password are admin and admin. Needless to say, these have to be changed as soon as you login for the first time. In fact, eXtplorer will warn you as soon as you login.

eXtplorer Security Warning
eXtplorer Security Warning

Click “OK”, close the window, and move on for now.

Continue to next page to fully install eXtplorer on Linux hosting…

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Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.