Using RootsWeb File Manager

This tutorial is part of the Working With RootsWeb FreePages Accounts EBook, available in pdf format for free download.

If you wish to use the RootsWeb file manager, make sure you select the correct file manager for the type of website you have at RootsWeb.

IMPORTANT NOTE: RootsWeb will be discontinuing this RootsWeb Online Editor on July 31st, 2017. RootsWeb FreePages users will need to use an FTP client to upload and modify files starting August 1st, 2017. The file managers for Homepages, and the WWW server are also being discontinued.

For the purpose of this tutorial, I am using the Freepages file manager

Step 1: Login into File Manager

FreePages File Manager Login Screen.

Enter your Account Name: You will have received this in your welcoming email. It is the part of your url that immediately follows the tilde ~  so my User ID is gearyfamily
Enter your Password: Enter the password you were given in your welcoming email.  Copy it instead of typing it and be sure NOT to copy any extra space before or after the password. Remember it is is CAse SenSItive! 
Tick Remember my password if you want RW to remember it.
Click the Log In button.

Step 2: From the dropdown menu, select the 'community' you want to work with. i.e. Family or Genealogy or History or any of the others offered. The "Communities" listed are the ones offered. You cannot rename these communities or add new ones. Click 'Enter File Manager' button.

RootsWeb File Manager Community Selection Screen.
Click thumbnail for larger image

You will then see a list of all the files and folders currently within your website. If this is a new site, you'll see that there are no sub-folders or files as yet, but there will be as you upload your created pages. 

Clicking on any of the folders (displayed in blue) will take you to a listing of the files/folders within that specific directory.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will find:

  • HTML Editing Controls where you can use the WYSIWYG editor or the plain text editor. To edit a page, you must first select the page from the listing above.
    HTML Editing Controls Screen.
  • File Controls where you can rename or delete files. To rename or delete a page, you must first select the page from the listing above.
    Screenshot File Controls.
  • Subdirectory Operations where you can create and delete subdirectories
    Screenshot Subdirectory Operations.

    If you want to get a feel for how the File Manager works, you can practice before you start work.  Go to the 'Create Sub-Directory' and make a folder called "test" without the quotation marks. You should receive a message that the file has been successfully created. Click Return to File Manager.
    Screenshot create subdirectory.

    Now go up and click on the folder.  For now it will be empty because you have not uploaded anything. For now, click back on the community name where you made your test sub-folder.  Highlight the radio button beside the folder "test" and go back down and Delete Sub-folder.  A confirm message will show, asking you to confirm your request to delete. 

    Important Note: If you had webpages uploaded in your "test" sub-folder, ALL would be deleted if you delete the sub-folder.  
  • File Upload Utility where you can upload/publish your files.

File Upload Utility

Screenshot File Upload Utility Screen.

At the very bottom of the screen you will find the 'File Upload Utility', set to a default of 4 files.  First, check and make sure you are the correct folder is displayed for where you want your files to go.  If not, use the dropdown menu to select the correct folder.

Screenshot Rootsweb Directory Listing.

If you are uploading your images and you want them in a folder named images, then the url at the top of the page would show
Listing of (using my site as an example)

'genealogy' is the name of the community
'gearyfamily' is my account
'images' is the folder I will be uploading to

You can change how many files to upload at once (4 files is the default).  Click browse >  Navigate to the web folder on your computer > Click on each file you want to upload.  The file name will appear in the boxes.  Click the 'Send Files' button.

NOTE: DO NOT CHECK the radio button to convert filenames to lowercase. If you do and ANY of your folders/file names have any CAPITAL letters, your links are going to be broken. This is ticked by default.

Personal Observation

I find this an extremely tedious method to upload a large number of files to the server. I much prefer using FileZilla or another of the free FTP programs or publish the files/folders from my web editor publishing interface.

Copyright December 2009 Pat Geary of Expression Web Tutorials and Templates All Rights Reserved