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How to use Indexes to index folders in cPanel


Added: 10.03.2014 23:26:29     Last updated: 11.05.2019 14:10:50

This guide details how to proceed to start using "Indexes" in cPanel. The guide requires you to first log into cPanel.

Let’s say you have a folder named "photos". If you do not have any index.html file in this folder, visitors can see a list of the contents of the folder if this person types the address in the web browser. A way to prevent this is to start using "Indexes" which can turn off indexing in the folder.

Step 1:
Click on the icon for "Indexes" as shown in the screenshot below:

Indexes in cPanel

Step 2:

  1. Choose the placement for the folder you want to make changes to. Here we choose "public_html", which is the root folder for your main domain.
  2. If you have other domains you can change the root folder by using the interface on settings.

Choose which folder to make changes for



Step 3:

  1. Choose the domain or folder you want to manage the indexing for.
  2. Save the changes

Choose which folder to make changes for


Step 4:
To continue, we must pick a folder we want to set indexing on/off for. In the example below we choose the folder called "pictures" by clicking on it.

Choose which folder to change settings for

Step 5:

  1. Choose "No Indexing" to prevent visitors from being able to see the contents of the folder.
  2. Click "Save" to save the changes.
Pick which type of indexing and save after completion

Step 6:
Indexing is now turned off for this folder. To go back to the "Indexes" menu, click "Go back".

Go back after choosing setup

The results of turning off indexing for a folder will look like this in a web browser:

Check the website after changes in indexing has been made

Step 7:
If you want to turn on indexing for the chosen folder, click "Advanced indexing (file name and description)" and click "Save".

Turn on indexing

Step 8:
Indexing is now turned on for the chosen folder. The result of turning on indexing for a folder will look like this in a web browser:

Result of indexing

You have now been through how to use indexing for folders via cPanel.