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how do i access my VPS via FTP?

how do i access my VPS via FTP?

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thank you. i’m so clueless w/ running a server! <br> <br>can the site be developed and viewed just using http://ipaddress? <br> <br>when i upload an index.html file i do not see it in the browser window, ie. the http://ipaddress <br> <br>it is does not load. currently there is no nameserver pointing the ip address at this time.