Thanks, it works now. However, currently, since I do not yet have a dedicated webserver and therefore have to shut down apache/mysql often along with my computer, my website has a bit of downtime.
The only problem with this is that, as I've observed, on some days, dreamhost won't appear to recognize that my site has been turned back online after a period of the server being off, and attempting to connect to the .com domain itself only results in an error message, even though localhost is up and running fine.
Other days, however, uptime/downtime changes are instantaneous. Any explanation for this?