WCC File Permissions

You can use the Control Center to set NTFS file permissions on individual folders of your site. To do this follow these steps:

1. If you have not already, login to the Control Center at

2. Expand the SITE menu and select FILE PERMISSIONS. When the page loads, you will be looking at the contents of your website's root directory in the top window, and the permissions that are set for it in the bottom window.

3. Select the folder for which you would like to change permissions. The path to the folder you are working with will be listed above the contents window.

4. In the same row of the user whose permissions you would like to change for that folder click EDIT. Most applications use the EVERYONE user group.

5. Check the permissions you want that user to have to the folder (Read, Write, Execute, Delete).

6. To apply permissions to all files/folders underneath the chosen folder, click the 'Apply Permissions to All Sub-Folders/Files' checkbox before clicking 'Save' (please see 'Notes' below for more details).

That's it. The folder's NTFS file permissions have been modified.


- CHMOD or changing file permissions from an FTP program is not supported because the web servers use Microsoft Windows Server OS.

- To remove a user's permissions to a folder, you can either highlight them and click 'delete' from the permissions list (the recommended method), or you can edit the user's permissions and uncheck each box. You cannot Delete the 'Everyone' group, you can only take away its permissions by editing it.

- To add other users to have permissions to a folder, click on the add button and select the user from the drop down menu of available logins. You then select what permissions that user should have for the folder. To add more users, use the User Admin in the Site Admin menu.

- Clicking the 'Apply Permissions to All Sub-Folders/Files' checkbox, then clicking 'Save' will apply permissions to the chosen folder (root) as well as all sub folders/files (children). Each 'child' is set to 'inherit permissions from parent', which means the folder 'one level above' in the directory tree. Therefore future changes to the parent folder will 'propagate' down to children as well (even if you don't check the Apply Permissions checkbox). If you wish for a child folder to have unique permissions, it will be necessary to manually set permissions on that folder.

- Applying Permissions to all sub-folders/files may be time consuming (as long as several minutes) depending on the number of files/folders whose permissions need to be changed.

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