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File Manager - How to Create, Remove, and Edit Files

This article is part of our File Manager tutorial series. Please see the links below if you are looking for a different explanation of the File Manager.

You will need to have a basic understanding of how to navigate the File Manager in order to complete these tasks. If you are still unfamiliar with the File Manager and how to navigate it, check out our Navigating the File Manager article.

Accessing the File Manager


  1. Log in to your Bluehost account.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab from the side navigation menu to the left.
  3. Locate the Files section, then click on the File Manager icon.


  1. Log in to your Bluehost account.
  2. Locate the File Manager tool under the Files category.
  3. Choose to open Web Root and Show hidden files.

Note: If hidden files do not appear in the File Manager, you will need to open the Settings option in the top right corner and choose the option to show hidden files and Save.

Create a File or Folder

Once you're logged in to your account and access the File Manager, follow the next steps:

  1. Click the File or Folder button at the top of the page.
  2. In the pop-up box, enter the name of the newly created file or folder. Files will have a name and extension separated by a dot, but folders have only one name. Files without an extension will be rendered as a generic text document.
  3. Click the Create New File or Create a New Folder button.

Remove a File or Folder

  1. On your File Manager, click and highlight the file or folder you want to remove in the File Listing.
  2. From the Toolbar, click Delete button.
  3. On the pop-up window, there is an option for you to "Skip the trash and permanently delete the files" if you leave the checkbox unchecked you can view and restore your deleted files under View Trash in the toolbar.
  4. Once the preferred selection is selected, click the Confirm button on the pop-up box to proceed.

Edit a File

  1. On File Manager, locate the file name you want to edit then click and highlight the file.
  2. Click the Edit icon from the toolbar, a pop-up window will appear, and click the Edit button to open the code editor.

Note: Once you are done editing your document, don't forget to click Save Changes before closing the editor.