I’m sure many of you who are already using Bluehost hosting is accustomed with file transfer via FTP. Though, when you are moving your site from old host to Bluehost hosting, and if your site is huge, you might find the FTP method of transferring file to be lengthy. A good idea is to use SSh for file transfer, as it will be very fast, secure and you will save ample amount of time. In this article, I will be sharing how you can enable SSh access on your Bluehost account.
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Enabling SSH access on your Bluehost account
Bluehost is one of few shared hosting which gives SSH access to their users. By default, this feature is not enabled, and you have to manually enable it. One big requirement for enabling SSH on your bluehost hosting is, verified account. If you have not verified your hosting account yet, you can do so by calling them at (888) 401-4678, Option 5, and verify your account.
So, here is how we will enable ssh on our cPanel hosting:
- Login to your Bluehost account and by default you will land on Home tab.
- Click on cPanel, and browse to security > SSH/Shell access
This will open SSH management page, where you can enable or disable SSH, and also manage your SSH keys.
Click on manage SSH access, and it will open a new page, where you can enable/disable SSH access to your account. If your account is not verified, you will be asked to verify your account. Here is official help page, where you can find various ways to verify your account.
Once SSH is enabled, you can use any SSH tool like Putty or use terminal in Mac OS to login to your Bluehost hosting account via SSH. If you are a technical guy, or worked on Linux OS before, you will find SSH to be the best way to move files from one server to another. If not, it’s never too late to learn something new. Here are few resources to help you get started:
Here is the command which you will be using:
You can get your username from cPanel of your hosting account (look at the left column under cPanel, and you will see username) Example.com will be your main domain name. Here is a video guide which will walk you through the process of activating Shell access on your BH account:
If you still face any problem or have follow-up questions, feel free to ask me via comments.
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