Logging into your DreamPress site via SSH


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 — Confirm your user is a Shell user

DreamPress users are created as SSH users by default. You can use the following steps to confirm your current DreamPress user is set to a Shell user.

  1. Navigate to the FTP Users & Files page.
    user credentials dropdown
  2. Under the 'DreamPress' header, look for the correct user and website. To the right, click the Show Info dropdown.
    toggle ssh
  3. You should see the Protocol is already set to SSH. If not, 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 — Locating your credentials

  1. Navigate to the Managed WordPress page.
  2. To the right of your domain, click the Manage button.
    show ftp credentials
  3. On the bottom left you'll see a 'File Upload' section. Under the Manage Files button click the toggle next to 'Show Credentials'. Your DreamPress SSH credentials display.

Step 3 — 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

See the following article for the latest information on how to reset your password:

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