How To Connect to Your Servebolt Site

Connecting to your Servebolt site can be done in a few different ways. The two main ones are the following:

  • SFTP
  • SSH

Connect with SFTP 

The most common used version to connect to your site is SFTP, and it’s the most secure version of the more commonly known FTP connection. It’s good to know we only support SFTP and not FTP or FTPs.

In order to connect your computer to your server, you’ll need what’s called an FTP client. By far, the most popular FTP client is FileZilla so we’ll focus our tutorials on this clients specifically, but other tools such as Transmit for Mac work based on the same principles.


Uploading files through FileZilla is extremely simple. We have a couple of FileZilla tutorials that should help you upload your site to your site on your Servebolt server.

Follow these steps

  1. Download FileZilla
  2. Connection through FileZilla
  3. Transferring files with FileZilla
  4. Modifying files with FileZilla

If you are having difficulties with this step, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

Connect via SSH 

Connecting to your site via SSH allows you to perform various commands on the command line and one of them is using command like rsync to move over files from one server to another.

To upload the site with SSH you have to go into your terminal and rsync  the directory to the hosts public directory. 

The following command will upload you directory to the server: 

# cd into the directory you want to transfer
# Be mindful of the dot, this tells the host it from *this* directory you want to transfer from.
rsync -aP . <username>@<server>:/path/to/public

# This follows the password prompt. Enter the SFTP password from your email.
# first go into the directory 
cd website/servebolt_example/upload_tempsite/

# Then upload the directory content to your public directory
rsync -aP . [email protected]:/kunder/tdeq_1741/wangsc_3300/public

The information above is, of course, just an example and real live situations could differ quite a lot. The principle remains the same, however.

If you’d like to edit your files upon upload, you can connect to the server through SSH. For more information read our article on connecting using SSH.

Note: you can also use an SSH connection to import databases. Learn more about that here.


When you have redirected you domain to one of our servers, you might be prompted with the following window. 

This means that the domain is pointing at our server, but there is no site configured at the host. Therefor it is displaying our default homepage for empty hosts. 

The final step in the sequence is uploading your site to our server. This can be done through SSH or SFTP. 

After creating a host, you receive an email with all the necessary information.  

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