SFTP is the quickest and easiest way to connect to your web server’s backend. The “frontend” of a website is what most online visitors to your homepage will see, i.e. the actual web design and domain of the site, such as example.com, which they load using a web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. While the “frontend” is becoming much more versatile in recent years with the advent of HTML5 (think Dropbox or Gmail), there are still many times where a “backend” connection is necessary. The “backend” is what developers usually require in order to configure or customize a server or the web design itself. SFTP stands for “Secure File Transfer Protocol” and is the encrypted version of the more traditional (and less safe) FTP protocol. In fact, SFTP is based on the SSH (Secure Shell) protocol and is not actually using the FTP protocol, but don’t think about it too much! SFTP will probably never go away; however, it is important to realize that SFTP (FTP) is often over-used and is relied upon too often by developers and webmasters alike. In nearly all cases, it is better to use the WordPress admin panel to alter or customize your website because then no owner/permissions issues are encountered and it also keeps your file uploads and configurations far more organized, secure, and properly cached. You may order SFTP Access using the link below:
SFTP Access ($20)
Clients who wish to have full SFTP access to their VPS may order here.