How Do I Access My Web Server?


Larry Thompson

Do you want to access your web server but not sure how to go about it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this comprehensive tutorial, we will walk you through the process of accessing your web server step by step. So let’s get started!

What is a Web Server?

A web server is a software application that serves requests made by clients (usually web browsers) for content over the internet. It stores website files and delivers them to users when requested. Accessing your web server allows you to manage and upload files, configure settings, and perform various other tasks related to your website.

Accessing Your Web Server

Step 1: Obtain Your Server IP Address

The first thing you need to do is find out the IP address of your web server. This address uniquely identifies your server on the internet. You can usually obtain this information from your hosting provider or network administrator.

Step 2: Connect via SSH (Secure Shell)

To access your web server, we will be using SSH, a secure communication protocol that provides a secure way to access remote servers. If you are using Windows, you can download an SSH client like PuTTY. For macOS and Linux users, SSH is usually pre-installed.

  1. Open PuTTY (Windows Users)
  2. If you are on Windows and using PuTTY, launch the application.

  3. Enter Host Name
  4. In the PuTTY Configuration window, enter the IP address of your web server in the “Host Name” field.

  5. Select Connection Type
  6. In the “Connection Type” section, select “SSH”.

  7. Click Open
  8. Click on the “Open” button to initiate the SSH connection.

Step 3: Authenticate Yourself

Once you have established an SSH connection, you will be prompted to authenticate yourself. This typically involves entering your username and password. If you are using a key pair for authentication, you will need to provide the path to your private key file.


Accessing your web server is an essential skill for website owners and developers. With the help of SSH, connecting to your server becomes secure and straightforward. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you should now be able to access your web server with ease.

Remember, always exercise caution when making changes to your web server and ensure that you have backups in place. Happy server access!

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