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Secure Shell (SSH) Overview

Posted 11th June, 2020

SSH is a way of connecting to your web space using the command line. You can manage files and run commands and for power users this is a really important feature. To use SSH, you must use an SSH client to connect to the server. Once connected, you can manually run commands within a terminal application.

With SSH, you use a terminal (or Shell) client to connect to the server.

  • On MacOs and Linux you can use Terminal.
  • If you are running Windows, you can download an SSH Client, such as PuTTy,

If you have a command prompt, you can type ssh, followed by your shell username(cPanel username), an @ sign, then your server name. For example:

ssh [email protected]

Once you have logged in, you can then edit files, move files and run PHP commands and so on. Our system also supports key based authentication, which is more secure than using a password and saves having to type it every time. Just generate a private key on your computer, and then upload the contents of the public key part of it to a file called .ssh/authorized_keys. If you need any help with this, please don't hesitate to get in touch.