The SFTP protocol is used to connect in this article. Before continuing, double-check that your user is an SFTP user. For more information, see the following article:
After WinSCP has started, you will be presented with a dialog window where you can enter your connection information:
To connect, go to the SFTP Credentials article and grab your SFTP credentials.
In the WinSCP dialog box, type the following credentials into the appropriate text fields:
SFTP is the file transfer protocol.
Port number: 22: Hostname:
Name of the user:
Below the password field, click the Advanced button.
There is a new dialog box that appears:
WinSCP.png (number 9)
Select the SFTP option from the Environment category on the left.
Check that the Allow SCP Fallback checkbox is not selected.
To return to the WinSCP window, click the OK button.
To connect using SFTP, click the Login button.
A warning notice appears, suggesting that the server you’ve just connected to has sent you a new host key. The first time you build a connection, this will always happen:
Instructions on how to validate the fingerprint can be found in the article The server’s host key is unknown. This guarantees that you’re connected to your DreamHost server.
Once the host key has been validated, click Yes to accept it and save it to your cache for future use.
This is something you’ll only have to do once (unless the servers host key ever changes).
You can check your SSH keys on your panel’s SSH Keys page to see whether they match this warning.
You’re in your user’s directory when you log in. There are multiple folders here. Look for your website folder and open it with a double-click. You’ll find your site files in that folder, which you may now change.