Using WebDAV to Manage Files

WebDAV is a fairly new way of managing files remotely. It is becoming more and more preferred to other methods because it is standardized, and therefore available on almost all newer operating system. And since it is based on HTTP, it can be more secure than most other protocols when using HTTPS. It also means that it is compatible on more firewall configurations than most other protocols.


On several Microsoft ® Windows ® version, WebDAV is also known as WebFolders or WebDrive.


Our WebDAV server is listening on port 81 for standard HTTP and port 444 for WebDAV over HTTPS.

Configuring Subdomain for WebDAV Access

Before you can access your account using WebDAV, you first need to enable WebDAV access. WebDAV access is enabled per subdomain basis, so you can have one subdomain enabled for WebDAV while others disabled. To enable WebDAV please follow these instructions:

  1. Login to SiteManager if you haven't already logged in.

  2. Go to DAV/WebFolders.

  3. Click enable to the right of the subdomain name you want to enable DAV access.

  4. Confirm your action on the next screen.


You need to wait for at most one hour before any changes in WebDAV configuration is propagated on the server configuration.

Configuring DAV Access Control

After enabling DAV, you need to assign access control from file manager. You need to tell our system who will be granted read access, who will be granted read-write access, etc.

  1. Assuming you are already logged on to SiteManager, go to File Manager menu.

  2. Browse for directory that you had enabled its DAV access

  3. On the browse screen, you will notice that there will be a DAV Access Control menu. This menu will take you to DAV access control screen where you can configure who will be granted DAV access. For more information on how to configure access control, please refer to the section called “Access Control Configuration”.


DAV access control is defined on per subdirectory basis. You can have different access restriction on different directory. An access control defined on a deeper directory will override access control defined on the parent directory.

For more information about WebDAV clients, please refer to Appendix  B, WebDAV Clients Configuration where you can find instructions on how to configure various WebDAV clients.


You can use WebDAV as a virtual hard drive residing on the Internet. You use access control accordingly to give access to your users. Then your users will be able to share files with each other. Sharing files this way is a lot more efficient than using email attachment.

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