One.com offers three ways to connect to your web space. If you’re new to websites and hosting our File Manager is the simplest solution. It includes basic features such as moving, editing, deleting or renaming files and folders. More complex operations can be handled best with an FTP or SFTP client such as FileZilla or Cyberduck. The third way, however, is relatively unknown:
SSH, or Secure Shell, is a protocol to connect to remote servers or computers. So far, so good. You can move and delete folders, edit files, it is encrypted by default – but here’s the twist: There is typically no graphical user interface. Instead, you authenticate yourself, browse and modify your web space with Unix-style commands. Let’s move to another folder:
If you have a Professional package (or better) with us, you can easily enable SSH from your the One.com control panel. Unlike Mac and Linux users who can just use their terminals, Windows users have to install a dedicated SSH client. The freeware PuTTY is generally considered the go-to choice.
What year is it again?
Considering our mission to make it as easy and intuitive for you to publish and manage your website, SSH might at first appear like a major step back. And there is a certain truth to it: The digitization has made huge leaps with the help of mobile devices that rely heavily on graphical interfaces.
However, in certain cases, it might be easier to enter one line of code instead of clicking and dragging an icon numerous times. As you’re getting more experienced, you will notice moving files from one web host to another is much easier and quicker if you know your way around the rsync command.
Some people prefer making a backup via phpMyAdmin, whereas others might be glad to use the mysqldump command.
In addition, some people are more drawn towards a graphical approach, whereas others consider a written command more logical. One thing is certain: It is good to have a choice, and One.com provides it.
SSH, but with the bells and whistles
By the way: There is a graphical approach to SSH after all. The aforementioned SFTP access is actually based on SSH. SFTP is the encrypted alternative to FTP and we strongly recommend using it. It is also available to our customers with Starter packages at no additional cost.