Do I have to register a domain in order to install Wordpress? (And other questions)


#1

I’m very ill-versed in web design. I signed up for Dreamhost and checked the box to worry about registering/transferring a domain later, because I wanted to work on the website before I worried about it. I’m having some trouble accessing anything, though.

On the “Manage Domains” screen, is that exclusively for inputting a domain you’ve already registered, or is it for choosing a directory name for your project (Kind of like in the vein of old Angelfire or Geocities websites.)? I made something up on the spot because I thought that’s what it was for, so that might be why it isn’t online and I can’t get access to the admin stuff.

On that note, if I’m not mistaken I should have one free domain, how do I go set that up for use or check to make sure I have that option? If it comes down to it I’ve already purchased a domain elsewhere that I can use.


#2

Hello and welcome to DreamHost!

The Manage Domains section is for any domains you’ve registered. If you have registered a domain elsewhere you will have to point it to use our name servers (http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Configure_hosting_on_a_non-DreamHost_domain). We have free sub-domains available for your use under dreamhosters.com (example.dreamhosters.com) You can use this sub-domain to install WordPress and test with.

To check to see if you have a free domain available you can click on Manage Account and scroll down to Domains Registered. If you would like to register it you can do so from here (https://panel.dreamhost.com/index.cgi?tree=domain.registration&).

Also you may find the following article useful in explaining our control panel http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Control_Panel but if you have any further questions let me know!

Thanks,

Fabian M.


#3

Thank you, Fabian, that solved everything!