The heck? I thought people used FTP for website work. Well, sometimes. SSH is neat too, and it's what we use for FreeCulture.org. SSH is encrypted, which means security. It allows terminal (command-line) access, in addition to file transfers.
It's not all that scary.
Generating a key
- ssh-keygen -t rsa
- Tell it you need no passphrase.
Then email $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa.pub to Asheesh!
For File transfer
SSH uses the SFTP/SCP protocol for file transfer.
- Grab a program
- Check out winscp or filezilla
It you're on linux, you can just set run the "connect to server" thingey and choose SSH.
- The server is freeculture.org
- The username is freecult
- Ask a webteam member (probably asheesh) to get the password
That's it! Now that wasn't so bad, was it?
For Other Stuff
Some times you need to actually log in to the server to run commands (e.g., mysql, wget, tar, etc.). In Linux or OS X:
- Open a Terminal (or Gnome-Terminal, or Konsole)
- type: ssh email@example.com
- Download PuTTY
- Tell it you want to connect to the SSH server called freeculture.org
- When asked, tell it your username is freecult