Access your WordPress website files without cPanel or an FTP client

By | July 31, 2015

Some web hosting companies don’t have a simple way to access your WordPress website files. Or maybe, you’re working on a client’s site, and only have access to WordPress, and not to the cPanel account. Or maybe you just want to access your files without leaving WordPress. Either way, your solution is to use a plugin.

Full video tutorial:

Installing the plugin

Go to your WordPress dashboard, click ‘Plugins’, and then ‘Add New’.


The plugin you need is called “WP filemanager”. Type “WP filemanager” in the search bar, and hit enter. The first result is the plugin that you need.
Click ‘Install Now’ to install the plugin.


Click ‘Activate Plugin’ to activate the plugin.


Configuring the plugin

You can access the plugin by clicking ‘FileManager’ in the sidebar. By default, you don’t have access to all files and options, so you need to change some settings. Click ‘Please configure the Plugin’, or click configuration in the sidebar.


Here, set the ‘Filemanager Default home location’ to “../”, and check all of the checkboxes. For Editable Extension list, copy the entire ‘Default Editable File Extension List, and paste it in the textbox just above that. For ‘Viewable Extension list’, do the same. Finally, click ‘Save Changes’.


Done! With all these options selected, this plugin is a full file manager that can access all your WordPress website files. You can now edit, add or delete website files using this plugin.

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