Help with Wordpress & DNS


#1

I have recently set up a Wordpress site through the one-click install sequence on DreamHost. It’s on a domain I registered through DreamHost. We’ll call it xyz.com.

I have a GoDaddy domain that I’d like to use for this Wordpress site, we’ll call it abc.com. I’m about to point the DNS to DreamHost in order to use it for this Wordpress site.

Then what?

Once DNS propagates from GoDaddy, do I set up hosting then perform a one-click install sequence on the abc.com domain? How will I know once DNS is propagated? I’ve created the directory abc.com already but it doesn’t allow me to do anything else with it since DNS isn’t pointed here yet.

My apologies for the ignorant questions. Any step by step is appreciated.


#2

DNS can take as little as a few hours to a day to propagate. You can use the ‘nslookup’ command to check what DNS entries are being advertised for your site. If you have everything for abc.com already setup once GoDaddy propagates that DH’s DNS servers are authoritative for your site it will be up and running.

If you’ve signed up for a static IP, you can use that to test your site until DNS gets itself sorted.

Example for using nslookup in DOS

C:\>nslookup
Default Server:  myisp.com
Address:  x.x.x.x

> abc.com
Server:  myisp.com
Address:  x.x.x.x

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    abc.com
Address:  <your sites ip>

> set type=any
> abc.com
Server:  myisp.com
Address:  x.x.x.x

Non-authoritative answer:
abc.com
        primary name server = ns1.dreamhost.com
        responsible mail addr = hostmaster.dreamhost.com
        serial  = 2010102101
        refresh = 15861 (4 hours 24 mins 21 secs)
        retry   = 1800 (30 mins)
        expire  = 1814400 (21 days)
        default TTL = 14400 (4 hours)
abc.com		        nameserver = ns1.dreamhost.com
abc.com		        nameserver = ns3.dreamhost.com
abc.com		        nameserver = ns2.dreamhost.com
abc.com		        internet address = <your sites ip>
abc.com		        MX preference = 0, mail exchanger = fltr-in2.mail.dreamhost.com
abc.com		        MX preference = 0, mail exchanger = fltr-in1.mail.dreamhost.com

ns3.dreamhost.com       internet address = 66.33.216.216
ns2.dreamhost.com       internet address = 208.96.10.221
ns1.dreamhost.com       internet address = 66.33.206.206
>

The lines with ‘nameserver’ in them show that DH’s DNS servers are authoritative for your domain.