Default files / folders of cPanel

Regular files & folders

In a fresh cPanel hosting account, these are the files and folders you will find by default in your /home/user directory.

/public_html  To make your website publicly available over the Internet, please upload your web pages and images into this folder.

/public_html/cgi-bin — CGI Bin directory.

/public_html — It is used to store the images for any webpages you upload.

/public_ftp  It contains files to be accessible via anonymous FTP.

/public_ftp/incoming — Files uploaded via anonymous FTP.

/mail/  It stores the mail data.

/mail/new  Stores incoming mail that has not yet been marked as received by IMAP.

/mail/cur  Mail sitting on the server.

/mail/tmp  Temporary directory for mail.

/tmp/  Temporary files created by cPanel in various activities. Third party scripts may also use this directory for their own temporary files.

/etc   Stores other information related to your website.

Hidden files & folders

/.cpaddons   Stores information about cPanel Add-ons for particular account.

/.trash  Items deleted or moved to trash in cPanel File Manager.

/public_html/.htaccess  The main .htaccess file for the pages served on this cPanel account over HTTP.

Mostly .(dot) files are configuration files for the respective service. e.g  .softaculous,  .fantasticodata

All the above files are safe to keep or use as you deem fit. You may also want to inspect them to get familiar with them.

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