How to Use SFTP to Connect to Your WordPress Site

Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is a secure way to transfer files between two computers over the internet. It is a great way to securely connect to your WordPress site and manage files on the server. In this guide, we will show you how to use SFTP to connect to your WordPress site and manage files on the server. We will also discuss the advantages of using SFTP over other methods of file transfer. By the end of this guide, you will have a better understanding of how to use SFTP to securely connect to your WordPress site.

1. Log into your hosting account and open the cPanel.

2. Find the “Files” section and click on the “FTP Accounts” icon.

3. Create a new FTP account by entering a username and password.

4. Make sure to select the “SFTP” option from the drop-down menu.

5. Click “Create FTP Account” to save the new account.

6. Download and install an SFTP client on your computer.

7. Open the SFTP client and enter the FTP credentials you just created.

8. Connect to your WordPress site using the SFTP client.

9. You can now upload and download files from your WordPress site.

SFTP or Secure File Transfer Protocol (also known as SSH file transfer protocol), is a network protocol used for file transfers. It is a more secure method vs standard FTP (understand the difference between FTP and SFTP). We only support SFTP connections at Kinsta to ensure your data remains safe and encrypted. Follow the directions below on how to use SFTP to connect to your WordPress site.

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How to Use SFTP to Connect to Your WordPress Site

The first thing you will need is an SFTP client. There are many free and premium ones to choose from, we recommend one of the following:

You will then need to configure your SFTP client with the following settings:

  • Connection type: SFTP (not regular FTP)
  • Address/URL/Hostname: Use your IPv4 Address.
  • Username
  • Password
  • Port

Your web hosting provider should provide you with the information above. Typically this is located in your dashboard or an email. Kinsta provides this information to customers in the dashboard under WordPress Sites > sitename > Info.

Find your SFTP details in MyKinsta.
Find your SFTP details in MyKinsta.

How to Use SFTP Clients – Examples

Here are a couple examples of what using each SFTP client looks like.

SFTP Login With FileZilla Client

Filezilla SFTP login.
Filezilla SFTP login.

Some versions of Filezilla will default to FTP, so ensure that you select SFTP or type sftp:// If you don’t you might see the following error.

cannot establish ftp connection
Use SFTP not FTP

SFTP Login With WinSCP Client

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SFTP with WinSCP client

SFTP Login With FlashFXP Client

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SFTP with FlashFXP

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Jaspreet Singh Ghuman

Jaspreet Singh Ghuman

Passionate Professional Blogger, Freelancer, WordPress Enthusiast, Digital Marketer, Web Developer, Server Operator, Networking Expert. Empowering online presence with diverse skills.

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