Purchasing and registering a domain is an important first step in setting up your account at DreamHost. In order to make your website viewable on the Internet, you must then set up a hosting plan for your domain.
This article walks you through the simple steps of adding a Shared (Happy Hosting) plan to your domain by using your DreamHost panel. You can also add WordPress, email, and a certificate to your domain, which are also described below.
Adding a Shared hosting plan
- Navigate to the Manage Account page.
- Under the section titled 'Service Plans', click the Add A Shared Hosting Plan button.
- Several payment options appear, which allow you to choose how often you are billed for your hosting plan:
- Select a billing plan and click the Add Shared Hosting Plan button.
- When your hosting plan is added, proceed with adding your domain to the hosting plan. View the following article for instructions on how to add your site to the hosting plan:
Adding WordPress with the One-Click Installer
DreamHost offers a One-Click Install of WordPress, which is a simple way to install WordPress on your site with just a few clicks. View the following article for instructions:
Creating an email address
After you've added a hosting plan, you can add email addresses to your domain. View the following article for instructions on how to add email:
Installing an SSL certificate with Let’s Encrypt
Having a secure website is critical today, and you can accomplish that by adding an SSL certificate to your domain. An SSL certificate helps to ensure your visitor's data remains secure and even potentially helps with search rankings. DreamHost offers several types of SSL certificates. View the following articles for further details:
- Adding an SSL certificate overview
- Adding a free Let's Encrypt certificate
- How do I purchase a professionally-signed SSL certificate?