How to set up the xxx.dreamhosters.com site?


#1

I am in the domain> manage of the control panel and it gives me a lot of options:

fully hosted

re-directed

mirroring

parked

cloaked

Is it mirroring that I should set it up as? I have never done this before so please bear with me.

If so, do I enter, for example, testsite.dreamhoster.com (if I want to mirror my own domain site of testsite.net in the “domain that mirrors” field?

Thanks!


#2

You should set it up as fully hosted, and then set “testsite.net” to mirror testsite.dreamhosters.com - if you have not already seen them, the Dreamhost Wiki article on Viewing a site before DNS changes and the DH WIki article on mirroring should help. Good Luck!

–rlparker


#3

Thanks for the links.

Unfortunately, my current domain is down (argh) which is why I’m trying to move the site over to Dreamhost. I run a Wordpress blog on the site and want to move it over to Dreamhost.

Do I first have to install Wordpress on my Dreamhost account? And then, backup up the SQL database and then import it into the database at Dreamhost via phpmyadmin? Not sure how to go about moving everything over without problems.

Thanks!


#4

Yes, you install WP first and just import the mysql database.

I also wanted to comment on your domain mirror. IMO you should fully host your domain name and set xxx.dreamhosters.com as the mirror. This mirror is only temporary and for YOU to set everything up before the site is ready to go live.

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#5

Your are right, that works better, and you make a good point about the temporary nature of the “dreamhosters.com” domian!

–rlparker


#6

Okay. I think I’m doing this right (or not). Currently, here’s what I have

In Control Panel: domain>manage

xxx.dreamhosters.com (domain), web hosting mirror (http://www.xxx.net) (my domain is .net)

xxx.net (domain) registration unknown webhosting fully (xxxftp)

Does that look right?

I have tried to import my backed up database but got errors so a lot of the posts are not there and my theme isn’t there so the sidebars are screwed up.

How do I log into my Wordpress so that I can set the theme and everything? Seems that nothing ever goes smoothly with me. I think I may have to do the posting all over again cutting and pasting but I can’t log into Wordpress.

Sorry, I’m quite a noob at this. Thanks!


#7

If you set this WordPress installation up using the “one-click” install, you should have received an email detailing all that.

Either way, you log into WordPress by going to the url http://relevantdomain.tld/wp-login.php, and enter your user and password (defaults to admin and the password the install, or you, indicated during install).

–rlparker


#8

Since the database is part of the old one from my other domain, it looks like when I try to log in with admin and the password it keeps trying to re-direct to a non-existent directory or folder, which is Netfirms’ infamous nfblog folder. How do I go about removing this so that it will log me in and take me to the right place?

So, when I try to log into Wordpress, it will go from

http://www.xxx.dreamhosters.com/wp-login.php

and re-direct to

http://www.xxx.dreamhosters.com/nfblog/wp-admin/profile.php

or whatever with the nfblog in between and so obviously, I can’t get in.

Netfirms is so annoying, even when I’m trying to move out. Thanks!


#9

I’m not that familiar with the Netfirms setup (haven’t used it in years), but from your post it looks like the redirect *may *be the result of Apache rewrite rules in your .htaccess file rather than the contents of your database.

It is also possible that one of the “paths” defined in your configurations (which may be stored in your database) has the nfblog included in it.

I’m not all that familiar with the internals of WordPress, but I’ll bet your question would be quickly answered on the wordpress.org forum or in the codex (which also has great resources and articles on “migrating” existing WordPress install to a new server).

–rlparker


#10

Okay. Since I think I got so confused, I’ve requested support to delete the “one click install” of Wordpress. As well, I’ve deleted the database and hoping to just start from scratch.

I would like to be able to install and set up Wordpress for my palmdiscovery.dreamhosters.com temporary subdomain. Hopefully once things seem to be working and somewhat operational, I’d like to use that database for my real palmdiscovery.net domain and make the dns changes so that it will then re-direct to my Dreamhost servers.

Being a noob at this and I really don’t want to have to screw this up again, please tell me what I need to do. I would prefer if someone could take me step by step via the menus on what I need and the settings I need to set up to get things installed correctly.

I am willing to just have a blank Wordpress install on the temp subdomain and then go through the laborous process of copying and pasting all my posts, installing the plugins, themes and everything so that I don’t screw anything up.

Last time I tried to use a backup of my database, errors cropped up and I was left with part of database. The theme wasn’t correct (or non-existant), some posts showed up and I couldn’t log into my Wordpress.

Thanks!