Confused Newbie!


#1

I am new to ‘hosting’ - I’ve had blogs on WordPress.com before, but now am starting a website that needs to be hosted. So I got started here, got a domain name and am trying the two week trial. I did the one click for WordPress which I’m assuming worked - got email link that sent me to WordPress, signed in, and am able to access dashboard, etc., so I’m good to go and assume that I will just always go to WordPress to work on my site. My question is: is there anything I need to do on DreamHost - I clicked on some links and quite honestly none of it makes any sense to me! I just want to make sure there’s nothing more for me to do HERE - any help would be greatly appreciated :slight_smile:


#2

When you chose your one click install you had a choice between ‘simple’ and ‘custom’.

If you choose ‘simple’ your wp files are not accessible to you. If you chooses ‘custom’ then they are.
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Why do you care? if you ever want to add a custom theme or plugin to your installation you need custom, not simple.


#3

I chose ‘custom’ and like I said everything is good as far as I can go to WordPress and work on my site…I need to know if there’s ANYTHING I should have done on the DreamHost site regarding my site. I’ve read several articles on setting up a hosted website and they go into a lot of detail of ‘things’ you need to do - ALL I did was pick a domain name, provide my name, billing info, etc. and install WordPress - Is that it? I did not do ANYTHING else on the DreamHost site. Thanks for any insight!


#4

If your WordPress site works for you, there’s nothing else to do through the DreamHost panel. Customize it to your liking through wp-admin and start adding content.


#5

So I don’t need to do anything on the link “Domain Manager” ??? Sorry for sounding like a dumb @ss but my brain is now overloaded from researching on too many different sites! I know I read (somewhere) about adding ‘name servers’ so that your site is actually working through the host? I went on “domain manager” but didn’t change anything cause basically I have no idea if I should be changing and/or adding anything! It would be nice if they had a step by step tutorial …


#6

If you bought your domain AND hosting here, that’s all you need. Again, if you can see your site through your browser, you’re all set.


#7

Yes, I bought my domain and hosting here…thanks so much, greatly appreciated!