SSH Telnet Access

SSH Telnet allows you to log in to the server and access the Unix (Linux) prompt.  You can then execute commands such as moving, copying, editing and deleting files, or executing CGI programs.  Your username and password are required to log in.

Our servers support SSH secure shell in order to protect you and your website from becoming a possible easy target.  SSH secure shell encrypts your commands and information and keeps you secure.  We do NOT allow general Telnet access in order to protect all of our clients.  While we understand that there are many free Telnet client software options available, SSH can also be obtained freely or it can also be purchased from several providers for prices beginning at $27.  This is an investment in the security of your website.

Using your SSH Telnet software, you will be required either use your domain name or IP address.

You will be prompted to login.  Type your FTP username and press enter, then type your password.  If all goes well you should end up at the command prompt in your home directory. 

All accounts come with SSH access but we have set all new plans to not enable this by default. This is to increase security for all accounts by limiting the number of potential shell users. If at any point you need SSH access enabled please contact support via email or ticket system.

Click here for SSH Telnet software.

Here is a short list of some of the most common Linux/Unix commands:



ls Lists the contents of the current directory
ls -l Lists the contents of the current directory including file permissions, sizes, and ownership.
man <command> Displays the Linux manual page about <command>.  For example, 'man ls' would show the manual page for the command 'ls'.
cd <directory> Change directory to <directory>.  For example, 'cd images' would move to the subdirectory images,  'cd ..' would move to the parent directory, and 'cd /home/charlie' would move to Charlie's home directory.
pico <filename> Opens <filename> in the pico editor so that you can edit it online.
more <filename> Displays <filename> one page at a time.  Press the space bar to move to the next page.
cat <filename> Displays the entire contents of <filename>.
chmod xxx <filename> Used to set permissions on files and directory.  See the Linux manual page for further details ('man chmod').
dele <filename> Used to delete the specified file.


Man is a command you can issue to display the online Manual.

While using telnet, the man (manual) command will be very useful as it reports the parameters, syntax, and even examples for a command.

For example:

man tar
man gzip
man zip
man perl
man whereis
man man
man ls
man cd
man dele

SSH Telnet Software

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