How to set up anonymous FTP access

Anonymous FTP access allows anyone to access your public_ftp folder. The intention is to allow unidentified visitors to download (and possibly upload) files on your website.

  • You cannot use anonymous FTP with a Hatchling or Baby plan.
  • You must purchase and receive a dedicated IP address for your cPanel before anonymous FTP will work.
  • Anonymous FTP users can view and download files if you have a Business or reseller plan. If you need to be able to upload to public_ftp, you can create an FTP account and set the home path as public_ftp/incoming, then anyone can use this newly created user name and password to upload to the public_ftp folder.
  • Anonymous FTP users can view, edit, download, and upload files if you have a dedicated plan.

This is not the best solution for security purposes. By allowing users to upload files without a username or password, you might generate a possible security hole for hackers. If you still wish to proceed, you may set up anonymous FTP access by doing the following:

  1. Click on FTP Manager
  2. Click on Anonymous FTP Controls
  3. Click on the Allow anonymous access to tick box or the Allow anonymous upload to tick box. You must click on both tick boxes to enable uploads.
  4. Click on the Save Settings button.

We strongly recommend you create FTP accounts which require a username and password for a person to upload and download files on your website.

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