"If I am the administrator to my-domain-name.com, how is
it that I do not have permissions to delete certain folders in my "htdocs"
You are administrator to my-domain-name.com, but you are
not administrator to the server.
The web server is running under a user called "webadmin".
Your folders are owned by the user "myusername".
User "webadmin" cannot write into the folders owned by
user "myusername", unless the file/folder permissions are set as
When you are installing Joomla via http://www.my-domain-name.com/.../install.php
for example, please bear in mind that the web server, i.e user "webadmin",
will run the script. If the script says, "create a folder called 'com_simple_review'
in this 'htdocs' folder", you need to give enough permissions. This can
be done by setting the folder "htdocs" as world-writable, so that user "webadmin"
can write into the folder "htdocs" owned by user "myusername".
When the folders (such as 'com_simple_review') are
created by Joomla, i.e. by the web server, i.e. by the user "webadmin",
these folders will be owned by user "webadmin". User "myusername" cannot
delete folders owned by user "webadmin". (Remember: you are not admin to
the server.) But since these folders are owned by user "webadmin", they
can be deleted by user "webadmin", i.e. by the web server, i.e. by
In other words, consistency needs to be maintained. If
something is created by Joomla, it was to be taken out via Joomla.
When you are using FTP to upload something, you are doing
so as the user "myusername". Any files and/or folders created in an FTP
session will be owned by user "myusername". As mentioned earlier, user "myusername"
cannot delete files/folders owned by user "webadmin". And vice versa.
But user "webadmin" can write into your "htdocs" folder if you set it as
With any standard compliant FTP program, for example
http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/, you can set the permissions
yourself. The picture below will show you how to set "htdocs" as