How to view dot files

A dot file is a file that is rarely accessed, these files often contain configurations for your website (forcing SSL use, for example). These files are typically only used once and then stored away, they are of great importance and need to be handled with extreme care.  it's very rare that you should need to access these files and we would recommend that you use a plugin for Wordpress (or use the php.ini editor). When viewed through cPanel file manager these files tend to be hidden away, you can view the files by following the steps below: - 

  1. Log in to your cPanel
  2. Under Files click File Manager then click Settings in the upper right corner
  3. Select your Document Root and check the box for Show hidden files
  4. click Save

As mentioned above its rare that you will have to access or make changes to dot files, if you have any doubts or are unsure of any of the steps above please get in touch so we can offer you some guidance. You can contact us by launching a support ticket (open a ticket) with our hosting department, we will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.


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