There is something wonderfully satisfying about using PUTTY to secure shell into a server and manipulate the server and websites at the command line. When I’m about to make major changes, this is one way I backup the site which of course is far faster than ftping a copy of the site to another machine.
PuTTY is a terminal emulator application which can act as a client for the SSH, Telnet, rlogin, and raw TCP computing protocols. The name “PuTTY” has no definitive meaning, though ‘tty’ is the name for a terminal in the Unix tradition, usually held to be short for teletype. [Source, Wikipedia, PuTTY]