How to Connect to Your Web Host’s Server via WinSCP FTP

How to Connect to Your Web Host’s Server via WinSCP FTP

You’ve finally registered for web hosting, maybe for a website or maybe just for the cloud file storage. Regardless, being able to transfer, edit and manage your files between your personal devices and the remote server is vital. WinSCP is a fantastic server client I’ll be demonstrating in this tutorial, as it has some amazing features and usability for Windows machines. First step, download WinSCP.

Get Your Login Information


Sounds easy, but it can be difficult to grab your username and password from your web host. The best way to do this is login to the online service they provide (hopefully, if you’ve chosen a good web host), then look for your username in the cPannel interface. If you still can’t find it there, call customer support and ask them.

Install and Open WinSCP


When you open the program for the first time, it will look like this:

WinSCP Home

WinSCP Home

Click “New’, then chose FTP from the drop-down list:

WinSCP FTP Select

WinSCP FTP Select

Now, enter your username, password, and host name. Your host name is the same is your domain, ie example.com. Once that’s done, click “Save”. You’ll be presented with a popup giving you the option to name the saved account and save the password. Though WinSCP tells you its unsafe to save the password, if you have good virus protection and don’t intend to lose your laptop, it can save you the time of having to enter your password each login.

WinSCP Save Account Information

WinSCP Save Account Information

Once done, click “Ok”. Head over to the “Stored sessions” tab and then select your newly saved account. Click the “Login” button at the bottom of the window. You’ll be presented with a information box displaying software processes as WinSCP connects to your web server.

WinSCP Connect to Client

WinSCP Connect to Client

After a few seconds, a control window will open. Here you’re given your server’s content and your local computer’s content.

WinSCP Main Window

WinSCP Main Window

From here, you can drag and drop files between your local computer and the web server, edit files, rename files, create and edit folders, and do other file operations. Super useful tool! If you have any trouble or questions, go ahead and comment! I’ll respond with any information I can offer.

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