Getting Started with DreamPress


Welcome to DreamPress!

The DreamPress Getting Started guide walks you through seven best practices to help you quickly get started in using its most common features.

Don’t have DreamPress yet?

You can upgrade an existing WordPress site to DreamPress using the 'Upgrade to DreamPress' link on the Manage Domains page, or go to the DreamPress page to purchase.

Step 1 — Using the DreamPress dashboard

If you're new to WordPress or DreamPress, DreamHost wants to make sure everything is easy to find. There are two separate locations to manage your website and DreamPress hosting experience:

  • the WordPress Admin Dashboard
  • the DreamPress Dashboard

The WordPress Admin Dashboard

The WordPress Admin Dashboard (wp-admin) is where you can add and edit content and features on your WordPress website.

The DreamPress Dashboard

The DreamPress Dashboard is where you can manage hosting details for your website. This includes access to the server files and database that power your WordPress site, and added features such as easy backups and restores, as well as an automatic login to your wp-admin to edit your content. You can also access general DreamHost account management such as domain registrations (purchasing new domain names), billing, and additional services if you want more space or websites.

You can log in to your DreamPress Dashboard directly by clicking this DreamPress button. For more information about the DreamPress Dashboard, see the following article:

Step 2 — Migrating to DreamPress

Step 3 — Setting up your domain

If you already registered for a new domain when you signed up, your domain name is already set up and working.

If you already own your domain name, here are the ways to make it live on DreamPress:

Still need a domain name for your site? Try DreamHost's Search Domain Names feature in your panel.

Step 4 — Creating a new site on WordPress

Are you building a new site from scratch on DreamPress? Are you new to WordPress? Here are some resources to help you get started:

Getting started with WordPress

Additional resources

Step 5 — Setting up email

Did you know you can get personalized email addresses for your domain name at no cost with any DreamPress plan? You can provide professional and easy-to-remember email addresses that match your website instead of using a generic email address.

Step 6 — Using DreamPress features and performance tips

Contacting support


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