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Creating FTP accounts in subdomains with alternate docroot

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jganders, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. jganders

    jganders Registered

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    Before I ask the title question about setting up a new subdomain FTP user in a private docroot, I need to explain.

    For security and logistical reasons, I need to establish a subdomain that has its own docroot. I've been able to do this using the following steps.
    I shelled into my Cpanel account that owns I did a mkdir to create a new directory 'private_html'.
    So in /home/mydomain I have these directories (amongst others):
    public_html (the domain docroot) and
    private_html (soon to be the docroot for a subdomain called 'private'.

    In the private_html directory I created an index.html file. It contains the text 'hello world'.

    To initially create an entry in the Apache config file for the new subdomain 'private', I logged into Cpanel and created a subdomain called 'private'. Of course, this process created a new directory /home/mydomain/public_html/private. I deleted this directory because I dont want it there. To tell Apache about my new docroot for 'private', I logged into root shell and edited the apache config file httpd.conf. I found the VirtualHost tag for the ServerName which was
    I changed the DocumentRoot for this entry from
    /home/mydomain/public_html/private -to-

    I saved and restarted Apache
    Now I can browse to The browser correctly reports 'hello world'.

    But now Cpanel can not create an FTP account using the new directory.
    IE: Using Cpanel I want to create a new FTP account that can access

    When I use Cpanel to try to do this, on the 'Add FTP account' page, Cpanel hard codes the directory field with '/home/mydomain/public_html'. This does not allow me to set an ftproot for the new account to my new private_html directory.

    Thanx for you help.

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