I've very new at building websites and I'm trying to put one together for my artwork. I am hosted with DreamHost and use FireFTP. I tried installing wordpress which, after a few days of troubleshooting, finally worked. Yesterday I was miraculously allowed to finish downloading wordpress and even begin customizing my website! However, after a few minutes my website went back to the 404 error page. This happened after I "parked" my website so that people couldn't visit it while it was under construction.
I went to the wordpress forums and explained what happened. They informed me that this was most likely an issue with DreamHost and that my website wasn't fully hosted (how did that happen??). I logged back into my DreamHost account, took it off "parked" and reestablished my hosting options for my website http://www.prairiepariah.com/
However, instead of giving me the 404 error page it takes me to the "Domain not found" page with shaw, which was what was happening before I realized I needed to actually register and buy my domain name, which I did yesterday just before it started to work for me. I can't get to the wp-admin.php page to log into my wordpress account because the domain does not exist.
As far as I know I purchased my domain name, it's fully hosted, not parked and everything seems to be working ok. Wordpress is installed (I can see the files in my FTP) but I'm just at a loss with what to do right now. I would really appreciate any help! Remember, I'm new at this so please use layman's terms when you're explaining something.
I have been working at this for several days and haven't been impressed with how complicated things are. I am not blaming DreamHost or wordpress since I am a novice but I wish I knew what I did wrong to lose access to my website. I have a 2 week trial and if I can't get something out of this I'll have to cancel and look into other avenues.
Thanks for your help!