WordPress overview

Overview

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WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) and blogging tool. It can be used to create websites as well as personal blogs.

For further information on what WordPress is and what you are able to do with it, please visit WordPress's website at:

  • http://wordpress.org/

WordPress version at DreamHost

DreamHost works closely with WordPress to bring you the most up to date features. As such, the newest version of WordPress is always available in your DreamHost panel.

What you need before installing

If you're finding that Remixer or regular WordPress is too limited for your needs, DreamHost support can provide you free access to its new 'WP Website Builder' (BoldGrid).

For more information on installing BoldGrid to your regular WordPress site, please contact the DreamHost support team via Live Chat or email at support@dreamhost.com. A DreamHost support team member can assist you further with setting up the new 'WP Website Builder' for your site.

See the following articles for further information on BoldGrid:

  • BoldGrid overview
  • BoldGrid Support Center

Before you install WordPress, you must first have an active hosting plan such as a Shared, VPS, or Dedicated hosting plan.

Next, you'll need to have purchased a domain registration. If you have already purchased a domain registration at another company, you'll need to point your nameservers or A records to DreamHost. If you purchased the registration at DreamHost you do not need to adjust the DNS. View the following articles for more information:

  • What types of hosting plans are available?
  • What are DreamHost's nameservers?

Logging in

View the following article for instructions on how to log into your WordPress site:

  • How to log into your WordPress site

Installing DreamPress

DreamHost offers custom managed WordPress hosting called DreamPress. It's perfect for middle-of-the-road users who need more performance than Shared hosting, but are not ready to upgrade to a VPS to personally manage their server and website.

You can read more about this upgraded service here:

  • DreamPress

Using WordPress automatic updates

As of version 3.7, WordPress now features automatic updates. These are for minor revision updates only (for example, 4.1 to 4.1.1) .

DreamHost strongly recommends that you allow these updates to occur automatically as they usually include important security updates or bug fixes.

You can read more about this feature as well as how to disable it via the following link:

  • http://codex.wordpress.org/Configuring_Automatic_Background_Updates

Importing

After you install and set up WordPress, you can then import external content. You can do this by logging into your WordPress site and going to 'Tools' > 'Import’.

Importing Content may require additional plugins depending from which platform you're importing.

Moving a WordPress installation

If you already have a WordPress installation running on another host and you want to move it to DreamHost, please review the following article:

  • Move WordPress to DreamHost

See also

WordPress help topics

  • How to log into your WordPress site
  • Installing / Migrating WordPress articles
  • Optimization articles
  • Troubleshooting articles
  • Advanced WordPress articles

Additional WordPress internal links

  • How do I install WordPress before my DNS is pointed to DreamHost?
  • Updating your DNS after your WordPress site has been migrated to DreamHost
  • How to install WordPress using the One-Click Installer
  • Troubleshooting WordPress contact forms
  • Managing WordPress plugins
  • DreamPress overview

External links

  • WordPress in Wikipedia
  • Official WordPress Themes Directory
  • Official WordPress Plugins Repository
  • Official WordPress Support Page
  • WordPress Official Site
  • Official WordPress Documentation
  • Upgrading WordPress

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