You can use SSH to log into a different machines from your local machine. After you log in, you can access files, run programs, etc. All of the commands below assume you’re using a mac/unix like terminal with the ssh executable on your path.

Log in & out

Login and connect to the root directory of a server machine:

$ ssh username@server-address

Alternative login method:

$ ssh username@ip-address

Log out

crtl + D

Upload files and directories

Transfer a single file from local machine to remote server

$ scp absolute/path/to/file.fileEnding username@server-address:/path/on/the/server/file.fileEnding

Transfer an entire directory from local machine to server

$ scp -r absolute/path/to/the/directory usernameu@server-address:/path/on/the/remote/server/file.fileEnding]

Download and directories Download a single file from some directory of the remote server

$ scp username@server-address:/file.fileending /absolute/path/on/local/machine/file.fileending

Download a single file from a subdirectory of the remote server

$ scp username@server-address:/subdirectory/sub-subdirectory/file.fileending /abs/path/on/local/machine/file.fileending

Download a single subdirectory and its contents from the server

$ scp -r username@server-address:/home/ /abs/local/path/for/new/directory/on/local/machine

Download everything within the root directory

$ scp -r username@server-address:/ /abs/local/path/for/new/directory/on/local/machine

Some reminders
Permissions for downloading files and directories can be accessed in SSH or FileZilla and changed.

The userID on the server for SSH access will belong to a group. It’s a good idea to check your group assignment.

View files and directory permissions on SSH with:

$ ls -la

The root directory of a username on a shared hosting server will end up as root for the username. Anything lower than that in the hierarchy will usually be unreadable. Just check on the group assigned as owner, and you will find out whether you can change it with the CHMOD commands above. What this means in practice is that access to any of the server side scripting languages, e.g. python, ruby, etc., pretty much anything other than php, will be impossible without paying the shitty host server (READ: Godaddy).