Shell access

Shell account login

The distinguishing feature of a shell account (over a normal hosting account) is that you can remotely login. You will then be at a Linux shell prompt, where you can issue any normal Linux command.

You can login to your shell account using ssh. The hostname depends on the host your site lives on. Check the control panel for the name of your account. For example, an account called ocelot:awesomesite has a hostname of, and a username of awesomesite. The password for your account is also set in the control panel, by clicking on the Change hosting account password link. You will be prompted to do this after signing up for a new shared hosting service with us.

For the example above, you could use ssh to access a shell like this:


Naturally, you can only login to our shell account servers as a normal user. You will not have root access, and you cannot run su or sudo to become root. If you do need root access to a server, you will need to upgrade to a virtual dedicated server or a dedicated server.