File Sharing on a Server with Plesk

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Plesk allows you to easily set up and manage file sharing on your server. You can configure your server for three levels of access to the files: Private (only you can access the files), Shared (authorized users can access the files), and Public (anyone can access the files).

Requirements

  • A server with Plesk (any operating system)

This tutorial uses the Power User view. You can change the Plesk view by clicking Change View at the bottom of the column on the left.

File Sharing Overview

Log into the Plesk admin panel and click File Sharing.

Plesk File Sharing

There are three areas in the File Sharing section. The first is Personal Files, which only you can access.

Plesk File Sharing

The second area is Shared Files, which can be accessed only by authorized users.

Plesk File Sharing

The third area is Public Files, which can be accessed by anyone.

Plesk File Sharing

You can check the flag at the top to see which area you are in, as a secondary prompt.

Plesk File Sharing

Upload Files

To upload one or ore files to the File Sharing folders, click Upload Files.

Plesk File Sharing

A pop-up window will appear with the options for uploading the file(s). Click Choose File to select a file to upload.

Plesk File Sharing

Select the file, then click Open to upload it to the server.

Plesk File Sharing

To upload another file, click Add file and repeat the file selection process.

Plesk File Sharing

When you have added all the files you wish to upload, choose the upload folder you want to use: Personal, Shared, or Public.

Plesk File Sharing

Click Upload to upload the file(s).

Plesk File Sharing

Emailing an Upload Notice

If you wish to email links to the uploaded file(s), tick the box.

Plesk File Sharing

Click Next to choose the email settings.

Plesk File Sharing

In the next pop-up window, select a security setting.

  • The first option will restrict all access to the files to only authorized users.
  • The second option will allow anyone to view the files, as long as they have the link. However, only authorized users will be able to edit the files.

If you choose the second option, you can also select how long the link will be active before it expires.

Plesk File Sharing

In the next section, you will choose which email accounts receive a link to the files. On the left, you can choose authorized Plesk users. On the right, you can fill in one or more external email addresses.

Plesk File Sharing

Next, fill out the email subject and the body of the email you wish to send. Click OK to send the email(s).

Plesk File Sharing