After receiving your VPS login details, the first thing you’ll want to do is log in to the VPS. If you have never used a command line before, you may want to skip to part 2 of this guide.
1. An SSH (Secure Shell) client is required to connect to your VPS. Linux and Mac OS X users can benefit from pre-installed terminals (Terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities, or Konsole in some Linux distributions). Windows users should download a program called PuTTY, found here: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html
To connect to your VPS, enter the following in the terminal (inserting your server’s IP address), press enter, and type your root password when prompted:
# ssh email@example.com
2. Alternatively, you can use sFTP to connect to your VPS. sFTP (or FTP over SSH) uses the login credentials and port as SSH, except it is usually used through FTP clients (like Transmit for OS X, or FileZilla for Windows). Connecting via sFTP will provide a graphical interface, and has the benefits of an FTP client’s ease-of-use, without the versatility of a command line.
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