Sequence to Setup New Dreamhost Client and SSL


Hi guys!
I have a new client I want to bring to Dreamhost. What is the easiest sequence to set him up using Let’s Encrypt:

  1. Setup domain
  2. Setup hosting
  3. Setup Lets Encrypt
  4. Setup database
  5. Install One Click wordpress??

I don’t want to have to do any cleanup after installing Lets Encrypt.

Thanks for suggestions!

–jerry grasso


Activating LE is very simple and can be done from the domain configuration. To ensure we agree on terms, you get your domain from DH or elsewhere, ensure you use DH nameservers, and then in your Panel you go to Domains and setup shared space so that when the request comes into DH that DH will then route it to your shared server. It’s in that page where you activate LE.

Here is a recent and helpful article that describes a couple ways to go about this:

I strongly recommend avoiding one-click WordPress. The initial joy of simplicity may quickly be overrun with questions about where things are, update concerns, etc. It’s best to learn the fast and easy way to install WP on your own and then move forward with full control for yourself and your client.

At the risk of offending, if you’re mentioning one-click install I get the impression that you’re not too familiar with this, and that makes me wonder why you’re offering hosting for a client. If this is just to do them a favor, I’ve kinda been in that spot before. Until you’re really ready to do this it might be better to help them to find someone else to do that for them until you’re prepared to do this and all that it entails. Then you’re free to focus on whatever else you do for them.



When an account is created, you will select the hosting plan to create the account. You can also choose to have WordPress installed during sign up or use our one click install in the panel which will automatically create the database:

You can then install your SSL certificate in the panel:

You will then want to either change your WordPress URL in the WordPress dashboard or force https in your .htaccess file:

If you need further assistance, you can contact support from your panel here:


Thanks to everyone who helped. The Support team really came through for me, especially Evan!!



The advantages of a Comodo SSL certificate over the other options are:

it’s professionally signed by Comodo and displays a certificate seal of trust.
it’s recommended for ecommerce sites, customer login areas, and any other critical public content.
gives your visitors the best indication that your website is secure and the connection is safe.
provides a certificate warranty if it fails to properly validate the information contained in a digital certificate.


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