This is a pretty basic question and I’ve been surprised that my searches haven’t turned up a FAQ about it (unless this subject has long ago submerged beneath a pool of jargon and abbreviated keywords): Is there any way to do file management directly on the server for one’s web site files? Is it the shell and if not, is there something I can install that might have more than just a command line interface (not that commands are a problem, but a two-pane file manager would be great).
I’m specifically referring to file transfers that do not involve my local computer disks, only the server (e.g., making a fast backup of a CMS site or developing a replacement of one that you can simply move into place). My FTP file manager can do all the simple things like rename folders, but an major download or upload can take quite a while and seems excessive if I just wanted to move site files around. Thanks!