ownCloud Day 2: How to Manage your ownCloud

After installing ownCloud in day 1, it’s now time to explore it and learn how to manage files, users, and so on.

Owncloud comes with three default folders that contain demonstrative data, useful to explore the application. Indeed, they can be erased and we can use our own.

Creating a folder

Create a new folder in owncloud

From the top, simply hit new, select folder, give it a name, and hit enter. The new folder will be added, ordered by name, among the others.

At the time being, only the user who created a folder will be able to see it (the same happens for uploaded files). To share it, hover on any of these and click share to view sharing options.

sharing options in owncloud

We can choose to share with a single user or group, or even create a public link to the folder.

We can notify the new group/user by email, and define it’s permission level. I will leave it as default and save.

Creating files

To create a new file, simply click on the same New button mentioned before, then select file, and give it a name.

As soon as the new file is created, click on it to bring up the editor. There are not many options for this one, as it’s a simple text file. However Owncloud comes with a built in rich editor as well.

Owncloud fully supports the odt, or open type document format, which you can manage with the major office programs out there. To create a new document, simply click the documents icon in the left bar, and then add a new document.

Once done with modifications, remember to click close to save the document.

Creating users and groups

Creating users and groups in owncloud

Click on the top right hand user name, and then users.

Then, simply enter a name, a password, select a group or create a new one, and hit create.

Once the new user has been created, it’s of course possible to change the storage space. It’s also possible to assign a default quota in case you want to have something different than unlimited.

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