How to Use SSH To Securely Connect To a Dedicated Server

A dedicated server is widely deployed for businesses that require 100% uptime even with large traffic and server resource requirement. Apart from these requirements, a client who signs up for a dedicated server would also ask for scalability of the server to accommodate any changes in traffic patterns on the website.

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a widely used protocol for managing files and content on a web server. However, for more secure data transfer, using Secure Shell Protocol (SSH) is highly recommended; particularly where data security and website uptime is a critical element.

How to install configure SSH on web server?

To get started with SSH, you will need to connect to the control panel of your hosting account. Most of the hosting providers either use cPanel or Plesk control panel, depending on what the host has installed on its server. In absence of these, you will need to seek help from your administrator to install SSH Server on your hosting server.

Usually, for the popularly used cPanel the login URL is http://www.<mysite>.com/cpanel

Within this you may need to locate the SSH options in the list of commands shown to you. Once you get in the control panel, you will need to define a user with corresponding login details to start using this connection to transfer data from your computer to your web server.

How to make an SSH connection?

To connect your system to your web server using the SSH connection, two things are primarily needed –

  • SSH Server installed on the web server
  • SSH client installed on your computer

You can download SSH client for your computer from the SSH website. You can even try third-party clients like Putty to login to your dedicated server through SSH.

SSH was invented in 1995 in Japan for the purpose of making remote connections with servers faster and secure. Installing and using SSH, as described in the article, is simple and highly recommended for websites that require high levels of uptime and security.