September 28th, 2010

How to host a WordPress blog with Dreamhost

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I recently helped a friend start her very first blog,

As I was helping her, it occurred to me how much I’ve learned over the last almost 10 months via trial and error.

She’s so lucky to be getting my crash course and you can tell her I said so! Lol.

The first thing we did was get her set up under my hosting plan with Dreamhost.

The hardest part is thinking of a domain name that isn’t always taken.

(And isn’t it always the way that we think of better names right after we register one. ~sigh~)

Ok, here are the steps to register your domain with Dreamhost.

After logging into your Dreamhost account, click on the tab that says Domains.

Next, click Registrations.

On this screen, enter your .com, .net, .org, or .info and click Check Availability.

You may or may not have to do this a few times to find a domain that is not taken.

Once you’ve found a good one, you’ll be taken to the screen in which you can decide to have Dreamhost listed as your contact information or you can put your own business or personal information.

Personally, I always allow Dreamhost to be my contact source because anyone can get your personal information by doing a simple “who is” search on your domain.

The next screen is your payment screen.

If you have free blogs available for registration, then you’re good to go.

If you have money in your balance, it will be deducted.

If not, guess you’ll have to add some now. 🙂

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Now you’ll have to wait about 15 minutes for the registration to kick in.

Go grab a snack or something! Lol.

Back now?


Time to select Dreamhost as your webhost of choice.

If you’re not on the page already, click on the Domains button again.

Then click on the Manage Domains tab.

Scroll down to the bottom to see where it lists your domains that are not yet hosted and click Add Hosting.

This is where you upload your site to the Dreamhost servers.

Select how you want your www. to behave.

There are valid arguments for all of the above but since I have yet to research the arguments thoroughly, I always select the option to have and to work.

There are also a lot of options such as to have Google host your email and other applications, to have Google host your entire blog.

You can also have your blog redirected or mirror  another blog but I never use any of those options.

There is also the option to park, cloak, or DNS Only.

Know what any of that means?

Me either.

So let’s scroll back up and click Fully Host This Domain.

That was easy enough.

Now we wait another 10 – 15 minutes.


We’re done.

Now go to the One-click Installs navigation button.

Click on Install New Website Software -Advanced Mode.

Make sure the WordPress option is selected.

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Select the domain that you just registered and hosted.

(Leave the check box CHECKED.)

Click Install It For Me Now.

And here we go again with the waiting.

But, go ahead and close Dreamhost while we wait.

Oh, and open up the email address that you use for your Dreamhost login.

In your email account will eventually pop up your letter announcing that you have successfully installed WordPress.

Click on the setup link (usually the first link in the letter), make up a login (don’t use admin) and a password.

And there, you’re done.

You’ve now have an active blog.

Click the button to login.

Oh, and your login will always be

Congratulations and Welcome….

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3 comments to How to host a WordPress blog with Dreamhost

  • There are several hosting providers that offer wordpress installed already. The good thing with these providers is that typically means the keep on top of all the patches as well. It may be worth it so that you do not have keep track of updates yourself.

  • winsomecreations

    Thank you so much! I googled for how to install a WordPress blog onto Dreamhost and your post came up. It was very helpful and it's exactly what I needed. Thank you, thank you!

  • winsomecreations

    Thank you so much! I googled for how to install a WordPress blog onto Dreamhost and your post came up. It was very helpful and it's exactly what I needed. Thank you, thank you!

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