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This document is for a previous release of cPanel & WHM. To view our latest documentation, visit our Home page.

For cPanel & WHM 11.48

(Home >> Account Functions >> Skeleton Directory)


This interface displays the location of the /root/cpanel3-skel directory, the skeleton directory. The skeleton directory allows you to easily copy the same files in to every new account’s public_html and public_ftp directories when the system creates the account.


  • When a visitor accesses, they will see the contents of 's public_html directory.
  • When a visitor accesses, they will see the contents of public_html/subdirectory.
  • FTP users can download the contents of the public_ftp directory.

Create a skeleton directory

To set up your skeleton directory, perform the following steps:

  1. Plan the content that you wish for your new users to have.
  2. Place the appropriate files and subdirectories in the /root/cpanel3-skel/public_html directory.


    The system will copy these files to the new accounts’ public_html directories when it creates accounts.

  3. Place the appropriate FTP-related files in the /root/cpanel3-skel/public_ftp directory.