One of the great things about Flywheel is that there is no need to share SFTP usernames and passwords with your clients or other people that collaborate on sites with you.
Everyone on Flywheel logs into the SFTP server using their own personal username and password, and from there they have access to all of the sites that they own or collaborate on.
To access your site’s files via SFTP, configure your FTP client using the following settings:
|Mode||SFTP (not regular FTP)|
|Username||Your Flywheel username (not your email address). Find your Flywheel username here.|
|Password||Your Flywheel password|
Flywheel supports all major FTP clients, including but not limited to:
FileZilla is an open-source FTP client available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. You can download it for free here.
Transmit is a popular FTP client for Mac. You can learn more about Transmit here.
Cyberduck is an FTP client available for Mac and Windows. You can download it for free here.
Dreamweaver is a popular web design software from Adobe. It has an FTP client built right in – here’s how to connect a Dreamweaver site to your Flywheel site.
You can view your username on your profile page in Flywheel.
To set a new SFTP password visit Profile > Account then click Set an SFTP password.
Sometimes it’s helpful to upload media to your site via SFTP rather than via the WordPress Media Library. This is particularly helpful if you have:
If you want to store the files on your server, you can just upload them via SFTP and you’re all set! Just keep track of where you uploaded the file and this path will allow you to link directly to the file.
However, WordPress cannot “see” those files in the WordPress Media Library automatically. To allow those files to be available inside your Media Library, there are a few extra steps required.
Since the Media Library is driven by media IDs created when files are added via the WordPress admin area, uploading files into the
wp-content/uploads via SFTP won’t automatically add them to the Media Library.
Unlike WordPress, SFTP only interacts with the filesystem and not the database. However, we can add the files to the Media Library by using a plugin. We suggest Bulk Media Register.
Head back to your Media Library. The files that you uploaded via SFTP will now be there!
If you’re still having issues, you can always contact Flywheel support and we’d be happy to help you reset your password or configure your SFTP client for access.
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