How to install WordPress using the One-Click Installer

This article explains how to install WordPress from your DreamHost panel. It also details the extras you'll receive if you choose the free 'Deluxe' install.

Installing WordPress

  1. To install WordPress at DreamHost, log into your panel and go to the Goodies section at (Panel > ‘Goodies’ > ‘One-Click Installs’).
  2. From the list of One-Click-Installs click 'WordPress'.
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  3. Enter the following:
    • Install to: Select the domain you'd like to install into. The second textbox is if you want to install into a subdirectory (if you do not want it stored in the primary directory). For example, if you want it installed into example.com/blog first select example.com in the first dropdown menu. In the second textbox type in blog.
    • Select Database: You probably want 'Automatically Create Database' since this creates a new unique database for your site. You can also choose an existing database if you like.
    • Deluxe Install: It's recommended you check this box if you would like the extra features mentioned below. This is a free addition to your install.
  4. Click Install it for me now!. You'll then receive an email to the primary email listed on your DreamHost account. This email details further steps to take to complete the installation.

The Deluxe install

The free Deluxe install comes with a few choice customizations to make it easy for beginners to get started such as free, open source themes from Automattic, a standard selection of plugins, and a security enhancement.

Themes

Includes a selection of free, open source, themes from Automattic.

Plugins

DreamHost's One-Click Install also includes the following popular plugins:

Though these plugins are installed by default for deluxe installations, you may need activate them in your WordPress dashboard by going to ‘Plugins’ > ‘Installed Plugins’.

Security enhancement

Additionally, this One-Click install adds protection against execution of scripts within your uploads directory.

In more technical terms, this means an .htaccess file with the following contents, within your /wp-content/uploads/ directory, is automatically added:

### Generated by DreamHost. DO NOT modify!!! ###
SetHandler no-handler
################################################

If your site is compromised through the placing of a malicious script in your uploads directory, the script is returned as a download when accessed. This keeps the script from running and helps to prevent further damage.

In the future, DreamHost will add additional security enhancements as well.

How to log into your WordPress site

After you've installed WordPress, you'll receive an email to the primary email address on your DreamHost account. This email lists further steps to take to complete the installation.

When WordPress is finally running on your site, you can log into it at:

  • example.com/wp-login.php

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