How do I log into my VPS before pointing DNS to DreamHost?

If you want to access the server to perform configurations before you move your domain over, you can use the following form of a hostname in your FTP client (NOT in http):

  • psXXXXX.dreamhostps.com

where psXXXXX is the hostname of your VPS.

If you enter ftp://psXXXXX.dreamhostps.com in a web browser, it would work; but http://psXXXXX.dreamhostps.com does not work. This is because http and FTP requests are handled differently: for http requests, the server shares IP addresses among domains, whereas for FTP requests, the server only needs the FTP username/password to know what content is in scope for its response.

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