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Everybody knows how to use a conventional desktop application that acts as a file manager. And we all know how useful these manipulation utilities really are. They give us a hierarchical view of the content of our folders. They also have dozens of extra functions. In this series, we’re going to see how we can do this on a web server. We will present two freeware PHP-based file managers. You’ll find out how to install and configure them.
We've just arrived at the end of the first half of a two-part series. Hopefully, you found our article informative and educational. We certainly hope that you could follow our tutorial. By now, you should have set up bfExplorer as a powerful web-based PHP file manager. It should also work as expected!
In the next part, we're going to set up another freeware, open-source PHP-based file manager. It's called PHPfileNavigator2. It has a fancier design and has some unique features, too. We recommend setting up both of these. Play around with them for a while and then you can decide which one you like better.
Sure, there are dozens of other "commercial" web-based file managers. Some cost around $20-$50; others go as high as hundreds of dollars. I personally couldn't find anything that either of these open source managers couldn't do. So that's why we suggest giving them a try. See for yourself, and then you can decide.
At the end of the next part, we'll point out a few other alternatives that are also open source. Or you might pick up a commercial one. Anyway, don't hesitate to join our community at DevHardware Forums and tell us what you think.