You created an AWS virtual server instance and installed WordPress on it. Your WordPress site is public on the internet. You still need to manage your server such as adding a free SSL certificate to your website.

In this article, I show you how you can access to your server to manage it using a SSH client. We are going to use PuTTY.

Step 1: Download PuTTY

Step 2: Install and Open PuTTY program.

Step 3: Enter the host name or public IP address of your server into the Host Name (or IP address) field.

PuTTY Host Name configuration

Step 4: Select your private key file for authentication (Connection -> SSH -> Auth -> Browse)

PuTTY private key configuration

Step 5: Enter login details. enter your username in the Auto-login username field (Connection -> Data -> Auto-login username). If you setup WordPress on AWS using Bitnami image, the username is binami.

PuTTY username configuration

Step 6: Save your configuration. Click Save in the Session

PuTTY Save configuration