You’ve gotten the Ezoic free WordPress hosting plan, but you can’t access files on the host or database? This could be a huge problem for you, But not to worry we will fix this problem together.
In this article, we would be looking at how to access the Ezoic free host from SFTP and what exactly is SFTP.
Well, for those of you who are new, Ezoic is giving out an unlimited free fast hosting plan.
But it is only available for WordPress users and you must use their nameservers to enable this feature.
What is SFTP
SFTP is an acronym for (Secure File Transfer Protocol), it is usually used to transfer files on the internet. As the name implies (Secure File Transfer Protocol) it transfers files in a secure way between two clients.
The STFP will also need authentication from both parties for it to establish a connection. The SFTP will need a means of identification, this can be either done using a password, user ID, or using an SSH key.
Why is ezoic using SFTP?
If you’ve been using the Ezoic free host for some time now, or you are planning to do so, you would notice that the free host plan doesn’t come with a Cpanel. The free Ezoic hosting plan is hosted on other platforms and not hosted on Ezoic.
I did some checks and found out that mine was hosted on Hetzner, but it’s not possible to access it directly through Hetzner.
I can only access my website database through Ezoic because I got the host from Ezoic and not from Hetzner.
With that being said since Ezoic doesn’t have its area to manage the database of your website like a normal hosting company the SFTP is the only platform to gain access to the database.
Please note: I am not saying that Ezoic can not create a platform where Cpanel will be introduced or included. They are the only ones who can state out reasons why they don’t have their official hosting platform.
All I am trying to say is that it is hosted on another platform and accessed through Ezoic, and for you to do that you will need an SFTP-enabled software or application to do so.
How to access the ezoic free wordpress hosting using SFTP method
Like I said earlier, if you are planning to move over to Ezoic free WordPress hosting platform or you already have, you will surely need an SFTP-enabled application or software to do so.
There are a lot of SFTP applications to use to access the Ezoic free WordPress hosting. I usually make use of two SFTP applications to access my website database, they are;
- FileZilla client
The FileZilla Client application has been around for a while now, it can be used to access Ezoic’s free hosting. I also use it to manage my website. The FileZilla comes with so many settings and options, files can be downloaded and uploaded to your Ezoic hosting plan with ease.
The FileZilla Client will need your host, user name, password, and port to establish a connection between your PC and the free Ezoic hosting.
How to make use of filezilla Client to manage your website on ezoic free wordpress hosting
For you to do this you will need to get your host, username, password, and port from the Ezoic dashboard you will also need to download the FileZilla client or WinSCP or anyone of your choice.
1. Download FileZilla and Log into Ezoic, at the top menu of your desktop, move over to settings and click on it.
2. Once you are inside your settings, scroll down to WordPress hosting and click on “Go to WP hosting dashboard”.
3. By now you should be on your WP dashboard settings in the Ezoic platform. Click on manage credentials.
4. Now you should be able to see your STFP credentials and Database credentials. As you can see below, that’s my credentials but for security reasons will be blurring out some parts.
Under the SFTP credentials, copy the SFTP port, SFTP user, SFTP password, and SFTP host.
5. Launch the FileZilla client application, fill in the boxes (Host, username password, and port) to the designated boxes then click on “quick-connect”.
Once you do this, FileZilla will automatically connect to your host. You will also be able to see files in your database. From here you can manage files on your database. You can also download or upload a file to your database by simply dragging and dropping them on the “remote site” area.
WinSCP is also an application like FileZilla that can be used to access Ezoic’s free hosting plan. the WinSCP interface looks almost the same as FileZilla, the only noticeable difference there is its login interface.
How to make use of winscp to Manage your website on ezoic free wordpress hosting
There’s no big difference between WinSCP and FileZilla the only noticeable difference is the user interface (UI).
In case you decide to go for WinSCP you can follow these procedures below;
1. Download the WinSCP application for windows.
2. Log in to Ezoic, at the top menu of your desktop, move over to settings and click on it.
3. Once you are inside your settings, scroll down to WordPress hosting and click on “Go to WP hosting dashboard”.
4. You should be on your WP dashboard settings on the Ezoic platform. Click on manage credentials. Now you should be able to see your STFP credentials and Database credentials.
As you can see below, that is my credentials but for security reasons will be blurring out some parts.
5. Under the SFTP credentials, copy the SFTP port, SFTP user, SFTP password, and SFTP host.
6. Open the WinSCP application, fill in the boxes (hostname, user name password, and port number) with those SFTP credentials we copy then click on login.
Once you’ve successfully logged in, the left part of the screen is your local storage (Files on your computer). The right part is from your hosting provider.
You can also make use of drag and drop just like the way we did, using FileZilla.
The files inside the Ezoic free WordPress hosting can only be accessed using a Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) like FileZilla, WinSCP, and the rest. Without the use of SFTP, you can’t access files on the Ezoic free hosting platform.
Remember we also said that the SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) acts as its name, as files are being protected and transferred between two connected users.
You will also need to get your SFTP credentials like SFTP port, SFTP user, SFTP password, and SFTP host to be able to get access to Ezoic WordPress hosting. Without an SFTP application, you won’t be able to gain access to your website database.
Finally, SFTP applications or software does not support the use of VPN, it will not work, this is because of security reasons.
Are you yet to register on Ezoic? Here’s my link, register and join me and others to enjoy the Ezoic free WordPress hosting.
If you are just getting started on the blogging atmosphere, it might take a while to be approved on the Ezoic platform. But not to worry, you can make use of Truehost cheap and fast hosting plan
I would love to hear from you in the comment section. Which of them do you use or which of them do you prefer to use in the future? Please drop your comment.