Logging into your DreamPress server via SSH

Overview

DreamPress websites are managed WordPress sites that are created with a unique user. This user is originally created as an SFTP user, however, in order to log into your DreamPress website, you must first change this user into a Shell user. This article walks you through this process. 

Step 1 — Changing your user to a Shell user

In order to log into your server via SSH, you must first change your DreamPress user into a Shell user.

  1. Navigate to the FTP & SSH Users page.
    user credentials dropdown
  2. Under the 'DreamPress' header, look for the correct user and website. To the right, click the 'Show Info' dropdown.
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  3. Click 'Edit Access Settings'.
    user credentials dropdown
  4. Click the 'Protocol' dropdown and select SSH.

After the change has been made, wait a few minutes for this change to take effect. You may then proceed with the next step.

Step 2 — Logging into your server via SSH

Now that your user is a Shell user, you can log into it via SSH.

Opening up a terminal application

A terminal is a program you use to type Shell commands. There are several terminal clients (applications) you can use on any operating system. View the following article for the easiest options for Windows, Mac, and Linux:

Logging in

Once you have chosen a terminal, open it to view a blank screen. Here you can enter a command to log into your server.

To log in, type in 'ssh', followed by your Shell username, an @ sign, then your website. For example:

[local]$ ssh username@example.com

You are then asked for your Shell user's password. Enter this and you'll be logged in.

Resetting your password

If you have forgotten your user's password, you can reset it on the FTP & SSH Users page.

  1. Navigate to the FTP & SSH Users page.
    user credentials dropdown
  2. Click the 'Show Info' dropdown to the right of your username.
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  3. Click Reset Password.

Once changed, wait at least 5 minutes for it to update before logging in.

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