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Where Stuff Lives -- File Directory Structure

Your account possesses several different directories organized in a particular structure.

This Knowledge Base article offers a description of these directories and how they are organized at pairLite. In all the examples below, unless otherwise specified, replace "USERNAME" with your pairLite username.

Many of the directories described in this article can be accessed via the Account Control Center's File Management section (

Home Directory

The Home directory is the starting point for your account on a pairLite Web server. The path to the Home directory is /usr/home/USERNAME.

This directory is where FTP, SFTP, and SSH programs and the Account Control Center (ACC) File Management section will start you. When you log into your account, you will be in your Home directory. From your Home directory, you may see the following directories:

  • public_html
  • backup
  • log_config
  • www_logs
public_html Directory (public_html)

This directory is actually a symbolic link to your Web directory, which is where the files you want to be publicly viewable on the Internet should live. The path is /usr/home/USERNAME/public_html. A further description of your Web directory is provided below.

The Web Directory

The Web directory contains any files that you want to make available online. All domain names in your account will be mapped to a directory, or subdirectory, under this main Web directory. The Web directory's path is /usr/www/users/USERNAME.

Backup Directory (backup)

This directory uses the path /usr/home/USERNAME/backup. This directory contains any backups that are generated through the Account Control Center such as MySQL database backups or Web site backups done through the Account Administration "Back Up Your Files" section.

Web Report Configuration Directory (log_config)

This optional directory contains the configuration files for your account if you are using Webalizer or Analog, the Web statistics packages provided for free. The path is /usr/home/USERNAME/log_config. If you do not have Webalizer or Analog set up, you will not see this directory.

Web Log Directory (www_logs)

This directory contains the logs of the traffic to your Web site. Its path is /usr/home/USERNAME/www_logs.

E-Mail Directories

The inboxes for any of your pairLite mailboxes use this path:

Replace "main_USERNAME" with your pairLite username, "domain" with your full domain name and extension (, and "mailbox_EMAIL_NAME" with the e-mail address name for the e-mail address/mailbox in question.

For example, if your account was pl100, and you had a mailbox, the path would be /usr/boxes/pl100/

The IMAP folder files are located under:

The files are named the same as the folders. When attempting to access your IMAP folder files using this path, be sure to include the caret symbol ("^") after your "mailbox_EMAIL_NAME."

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