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Configuring your website in WinSCP



This tutorial assumes you already have WinSCP running on your computer, but have not connected to a remote server.
If you still need to download and install WinSCP head over to the official site at https://winscp.net/

Now let's learn how to configure our website in WinSCP.

WinSCP Login

1) If you wish to create a folder to organise your sites click Manage > Tools , enter the folder name and click ok.
WinSCP Create Folder

2) Select the File Protocol we wish to use, for most shared hosting this will be FTP although other options include:
SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol); *requires shell access
FTP (File Transfer Protocol);
SCP (Secure Copy Protocol); *requires shell access
WebDAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning) *requires setup and limited WinSCP functionality

3) No encryption means files are sent in plain meaning someone watching your traffic may get access to files, Use Encryption where possible.

4) Enter the domain name or IP address here.

5) The port number will automatically be set to the default port, you will only need to change this if your server uses a non default port.

6) Enter your username and password for the site.

7) Now let's save this session so we can access it again in the future without entering all the info again. After clicking save we can name the connection, choose a folder to save in as well as whether to remember the password.
WinSCP Save

8) To connect we now simply double click on our saved site or click and then click on login.

WinSCP List

That's it! We've successfully connected to our website via FTP, and the session is saved for future use.
WinSCP Connected

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to connect to your web hosting or other server in WinSCP.

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