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If you’re new to web hosting and using DirectAdmin as your control panel, understanding how to manage website file permissions is essential for maintaining a secure website. Today, we’ll demystify this often-overlooked aspect of web hosting and guide you through the process on DirectAdmin. Read on to gain a deeper understanding of file permissions and discover the best practices to safeguard your website’s integrity.

Why Are File Permissions Important?
File permissions dictate who can access, modify, or execute files on your website. By configuring them correctly, you grant appropriate access levels to different users, ensuring the security and functionality of your website. Incorrect or improperly set file permissions can open doors for malicious activities or unintentional damage.

Accessing File Manager in DirectAdmin:
DirectAdmin offers a user-friendly File Manager, simplifying the process of managing file permissions. Log in to your DirectAdmin account and navigate to the “Files” section. Click on “File Manager” to access the interface.

Understanding File Permissions:
File permissions are generally represented by a three-digit number (e.g., 644 or 755). Each digit signifies permissions for specific user groups – owner, group, and others. We’ll explain these three digits in detail, so you can understand and modify them effectively.

Numeric Representation of Permissions:

  • The first digit represents the owner’s permissions.
  • The second digit represents the group’s permissions.
  • The third digit represents permissions for others or public users.

Common Permission Settings:

  • 644: This is the default permission for most files. It grants read access to the owner and group, but only read access to others.
  • 755: This is the typical permission for directories. It grants full read, write, and execute privileges to the owner and read and execute privileges to others.
  • 600: Use this permission for sensitive files that should only be accessible by the owner.

Modifying File Permissions:
To modify file permissions in DirectAdmin, follow these simple steps:

  • In the File Manager, navigate to the desired file or directory.
  • Right-click the file/directory and select “Permissions” from the dropdown menu.
  • Enter your chosen permission number or select the appropriate checkboxes for owner, group, or public permissions.
  • Click “Change Permissions” to apply the changes.

Recursive Permission Changes:
In many cases, you may want to apply permission changes to multiple files and directories within a parent folder. Enable the recursive option while modifying the permissions to ensure the changes apply to all files and folders contained within.


Understanding and managing website file permissions is vital for maintaining a secure hosting environment. By following this step-by-step guide, you can confidently manage file permissions on DirectAdmin. Remember, always set appropriate permissions based on your specific requirements to strike the right balance between security and functionality. Safeguarding your website is just a few clicks away!