Server Path, Absolute Path

Server path, absolute path and webroot are all different names for the same thing a path which defines where your files are located on the server.

Linux with cPanel


Be sure to replace "cpanel-username" with your actual cPanel user name.

Components of the Server Path

The server path for Linux accounts with cPanel consists of the following:

  • The home folder - On the root of the server (Shared customers cannot access this level)
  • The home/username/ path (home directory) - Can be accessed via FTP or File Manager
  • The home/username/public_html/ folder (web root) - Where all website files are stored.

Important Home Directory Folders

Imagine that the home folder is a filing cabinet. The username folder is like having your own drawer, and other people use the other drawers. You can only access your own drawer and not the others. Imagine that inside your drawer are several folders which store important information for your account.

  • The public_html folder has all of your primary and addon domains' website files.
  • The www folder is exactly the same as the public_html folder. So, the folder has 2 names.
  • The mail folder contains all the information for your emails.
  • There are many other folders, but you should only change things inside the public_html (www) folder.

Linux with Plesk


Be sure to replace "domain.tld" with your actual domain name.

Windows Shared


Be sure to replace "domain.tld" with your actual domain name.

Windows Dedicated Server


Be sure to replace "domain.tld" with your actual domain name.