Before DNS rolls over...?


#1

Hey All,
So I’ve read the documentation, but there is a part where it is unclear. I’ve set my DNS servers at my registration site to DH’s name servers, and I’m waiting for the transfer to take place.

So I want to work on my site before it rolls over. How do I do this? I saw the ‘getting started’ but after it points you to the manage domains, it leave you there, without instructions as to how to register a subdomain.

my site is www.prube.com

I want something like: prube.dreamhost.com

How can I add this? Also note, I do not run windows.


#2

In the Control Panel, you can find your machine name by picking Manage Users under the Users menu. In my case, it’s garth, so I can FTP to garth.dreamhost.com using my username and password.

Viewing your new site is a bit more tricky and requires to modify the hosts file on your home computer.

-Scott


#3

I’m in the same boat. I read the documentation, tried to create the subdomain mysite.dreamhosters.com but it doesn’t show up. I’ve been trying for days. As I understand it until it does show up I can’t get to my database either. I finally wrote support but have yet to hear back.

I find the instructions on those start-up topics particularly simplistic and not really helpful. I am still getting used to Dreamhost’s suite of tools and procedures. So far I have found them a lot less straightforward than other hosts that I’ve dealt with. Not saying they are bad. In fact they are potentially very powerful. I just don’t find the documentation very clear so far.

Bob


#4

Thanks for your post. I’ve got the first part, as I’m able to get to my site (on selma). I’ve seen the instructions for the Windows users, but I run a Mac. Would it be possible to just use an IP addr? I don’t mind typing something complicated into the URL bar, as long as its something. I tried going to selma’s IP addr, and that plus my directory. Any ideas?


#5

If you are using Mac OS X (which is based off of BSD) then you should check to see if you have a /etc/hosts file. If you do then you can modify that one the same way you would on windows.


#6

If you’re on Selma, add this to your /etc/hosts file:
208.97.135.5 mydomain.com www.mydomain.com
(replace mydomain with your real domain)

Using this command:
sudo pico /etc/hosts

-Scott