WHAT IS SSH?
Secure Shell (SSH) is a protocol that provides secure command-line access to your A2 Hosting account. By using SSH, you can remotely log in to your A2 Hosting account and run commands as if you were sitting right at the server.
USING AN SSH CLIENT
Follow the appropriate procedure below for your computer's operating system.
Windows operating systems
Microsoft Windows does not include an SSH client, so you must download an SSH client first. A2 Hosting recommends PuTTY, a free program that you can download here. After you have downloaded the PuTTY executable to your local computer, you can use it to connect to your A2 Hosting account.
To connect to your account using PuTTY, follow these steps:
Start PuTTY. In the Host Name (or IP address) text box, type firstname.lastname@example.org. Replace username with your A2 Hosting username, and example.com with your site's domain name. In the Port text box, type 7822.
The default port for SSH is 22. However, A2 Hosting uses a different port for security reasons.
Confirm that the Connection type radio button is set to SSH. Click Open. A PuTTY security alert about the server's host key appears the first time you connect. Click Yes. Type your account password and then press ENTER. When the remote server's command line prompt appears, you are connected. The initial command line prompt is:
You can now run commands. For example, to see a listing of the current directory, type ls and then press ENTER. To close the SSH connection when you are done, type exit and then press ENTER.