How to Enable SSH Access

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Our managed VPS hosting solutions allow multiple projects to run smoothly and don’t have to be the responsibility of a single person. As the owner of a managed VPS, you can create as many user accounts as possible and empower different people to run their individual projects on the server.

Each account has a main domain name associated with it and users get their own HostPanel tool to manage their website. They have more or less everything they need to run their projects smoothly, but certain websites have special requirements.

SSH access is one of them, and those of you who have a project that requires it will be happy to know that it is available in our HostPanel admin interface. All you need to do is make sure it is enabled.

Enabling SSH access via HostPanel Admin Interface

Your HostPanel admin interface lets you control who has SSH access to the server and who doesn’t. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Log into HostPanel’s Admin Interface. The default login URL is https://[your server name]/hostpanel/.

    How to Enable SSH Access
    HostPanel Login Page
  2. Go to Manage SSH access. You’ll find the Manage SSH Access section in the navigation bar on the left.

    Softxaa HostPanel Admin Interface
    Softxaa HostPanel Admin Interface
  3. Use toggle switches to control SSH access to individual accounts. You will see a list of all accounts currently set up on your VPS. Next to each, you have a toggle switch that enables and disables SSH access. Use them to configure who has the ability to set up a secure shell on your VPS.

    How to Enable SSH Access
    Enable SSH Access

Changes are automatically saved and take effect immediately A help box above the list of accounts reminds you that users who want to connect to HostPanel’s server via SSH should use port 6543 instead of the default port 22.

Why is SSH access disabled by default?

SSH has many uses. An extension of the protocol called SFTP (or SSH File Transfer Protocol), for example, is one of the few viable alternatives to plain old FTP, and more and more people are starting to take advantage of the extra security it offers.

SSH access gives users the ability to run commands on the server, but this can create some problems. For this reason, by default, SSH access is disabled for all accounts, and we recommend enabling it if you trust the person who is going to use it.

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