How to install WordPress on DreamHost Web Hosting

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Great! You chose to go with DreamHost to host your website, but, how do you install WordPress on it?

In this step-by-step tutorial, I will show you exactly how to install WordPress on a DreamHost web hosting plan.



Install WordPress using the DreamHost One-Click Installs panel

1. Login on DreamHost

The first step is to sign in to your DreamHost account here.

2. Open the DreamHost One-Click Installs panel

Then, navigate to Domains > One-Click Installs and click on “Learn More & Install”.

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3. Setup your WordPress installation

Next, you have to setup your new WordPress installation with the following settings:

  • Install to: Select the domain on which your website will be installed. On the second textbox, you can select a subdirectory to install the website in. For example, if you want your website to be accessible at findwebsitedesign.com, you would only select “findwebsitedesign.com” and leave the textbox empty. On the other hand, if you want to access your website at findwebsitedesign.com/blog for example, you would have the select “findwebsitedesign.com” and type “blog” in the textbox.
  • Select Database: This will be the database used by your website. If you don’t know what this is, you should select “Automatically Create Database” which will create a new database for your website.
  • Deluxe Install: This option will install Akismet, Hello Dolly, Jetpack, WP Super Cache, and WPForms Lite automatically to your website. In my opinion, you should never select this option because it’s the easiest way to have a lot of plugins on your website that you’re not using. But, if you plan on installing the plugins anyway, it might save you some time.
  • Install WP Website Builder: This will install DreamHost’s WP Website Builder tool on your website. If you don’t want to use it or don’t know what it is, I would recommend unchecking this box too. If you’re looking for a good website builder, Elementor or Divi might be better options.


4. Click the “Install it for me now!” button

Once you select all the settings, you can click on the “Install it for me now!” button. WordPress will be installed automatically and you should receive an email within 15 minutes with further steps to take to complete the installation.

Install WordPress using the “Add Website” feature

1. Login on DreamHost

The first step is to sign in to your DreamHost account here.

2. Open the “Websites” menu

Then, navigate to Domains > Websites and click on “Add Website” at the top right corner of the page.

3. Setup your WordPress installation

Next, you have to setup your new WordPress installation with the following settings:

  • Domain: Enter the domain name you’d like to use for your new WordPress website.
  • Hosting: Select the hosting plan you’d like to host your WordPress website on.
  • Options: Select “Install WordPress for free” to install WordPress on your web hosting plan.
  • Deluxe Install: This option will install Akismet, Hello Dolly, Jetpack, WP Super Cache, and WPForms Lite automatically to your website. In my opinion, you should never select this option because it’s the easiest way to have a lot of plugins on your website that you’re not using. But, if you plan on installing the plugins anyway, it might save you some time.
  • Install WP Website Builder: This will install DreamHost’s WP Website Builder tool on your website. If you don’t want to use it or don’t know what it is, I would recommend unchecking this box too. If you’re looking for a good website builder, Elementor or Divi might be better options.

4. Click the “Install Website” button

Once you select all the settings, you can click on the “Install Website” button. WordPress will be installed automatically and you should receive an email within 15 minutes with further steps to take to complete the installation.

Here you go! You have installed WordPress on DreamHost

Your WordPress website is now created and fully functional. You should be able to go to yourdomain.com/wp-admin and login with the credentials you created earlier.

You can also check out our other blog posts and learn more about WordPress and DreamHost!



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