Can I start creating a website WITHOUT my domain registered?


#1

Hey there, you computer savvy ner- I mean people. I was wondering if it was possible to start creating a website (Installing scripts and such) without first transferring a domain name to a host? I have Dreamhost (of course) and my domain name was purchased on Godaddy, but they wont let me transfer it for two months! I mean… Whadafukisupwitdat? Anyways… My domain IS on dreamhost it just says “unknown” under registration if that means anything.

Also, if I CAN start creating the website, should I wait for the trial period to end and the subscription to kick-in? And would it even be wise to create a website that didn’t have a domain name for the first few months? What are the ramifications for such a thing?

Any help would be appreciated!


#2

you are correct that they won’t let you transfer your domain to quickly (it’s about fraud prevention), but you can log into godaddy and set the nameservers for your domain to dreamhosts which are

ns1.dreamhost.com
ns2.dreamhost.com
ns3.dreamhost.com

which will allow your sites DNS to be managed by dreamhost. This will get you up and running. You can then transfer your domain later or never (some people prefer to keep domain hosting and domain registration seperate for a variety of reasons).

To answer the question that you actually asked, you can also do that. Here are a couple of wiki articles that will guide you.

http://wiki.dreamhost.com/DNS_-Viewing_site_before_DNS_change
http://wiki.dreamhost.com/DNS
-_Accessing_your_Database_before_DNS_change

The reason you would pick this opttion over the first answer I gave is if you had the site up and running on godaddy, but wanted to develop a new site at dreamhost and then switch them over.

In either case, keep in mind that DNS changes do not occur instantly. Either option there will be a delay of up to 72 hours as DNS propagates. (normally it’s about 4-8 hours, but in some cases may take up to 72 hours).


#3

Thanks a bunch!