Secure Shell (SSH) is most often used by network administrators as a remote login / remote control way to manage their websites, databases or servers. An examples would be that your email administrator needs to change specific configuration files on the server from home, or that your network administrator needs to perform routine maintenance on the server from a different location in the office.

In this lesson, we will show you how you can SSH into your VPS using a PC.

Step 1: Download an SSH Client

We recommend using an FTP program called PuTTY. It is completely free and can be downloaded at

Step 2: Open PuTTY


When you first open the prograam, the following box will appear. SImply type in your servers IP address in the highlighted box and click “Open”

Step 3: Enter Your Username


The following box will open up, simply type the user root and hit enter.

Step 4: Enter Your Root Password


PuTTY will prompt you for your root password. Type it in and hit enter. If you already have the password copied into your clipboard, simply right click in the black area to paste the password in, and hit enter.

Step 5: You should now be logged into SSH.


The prompt “root@vps” will appear upon sucessful login to your server. You can now run any SSH commands you would like to run. Remember, you are logged in as root and can therefore modify all system files. This can be very dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. Do not run any commands you are unsure of as they can potentially ruin your entire VPS.

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