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:
What you need before installing
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:
After installing WordPress, you can log into your site at:
DreamHost offers a customized WordPress managed 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:
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:
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:
WordPress help topics
- Installing / Migrating WordPress articles
- Managing 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?
- How do I test my WordPress migration to DreamHost before changing DNS?
- How to install WordPress using the One-Click Installer
- Troubleshooting WordPress contact forms
- Managing WordPress plugins
- DreamPress overview