Uploading website

Hi, I have websites running in ordinary html. Now have a website being transferred to me to host, already built in wordpress. I have no experience of wordpress, I am reading a lot of information, but am confused by terms. It is supposed to be easy. I cannot change registrar at present but want to host on dreamhost, need to upload and test before nameserver change. I have a dreamhost account, have set up url, have done the wordpress install. The current designer has sent me the whole site zipped and wordpress files. I have downloaded wordpress to my desktop. But don’t know how to install. My text editor is an early version of dreamweaver. I can see the text, but design view gives me a blank window.
The site is still live with the current provider until things ready to change over.
I have no idea how to view the website in wordpress.
I have no idea which files are website files to be uploaded through ftp and which are wordpress files that do not need uploading.
I have read a lot to no avail. I have read I MUST NOT upload the wordpresss root directory, I do not know which file or folder this is or what it is called.
Answers in basic terms please.

If I had wanted to use wordpress from scratch, it may hve been straight forward. But starting in the middle is difficult.


If you haven’t checked these out already, there are a couple of links mentioned right here that are both helpful walkthroughs: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Wordpress#Moving_A_WordPress_Installation

  1. http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Move_WordPress_to_DreamHost
  2. http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress

Every WordPress installation has a set of files in the site directory (on the web server), and a MySQL database (usually on another server). When you say the current designer sent the whole site zipped, does it include ALL the WordPress files, as in it is the whole site directory? Do you also have the .sql database backup from the current host/designer? If you have those, no need to install WordPress on our end (nor on your desktop)! You would simply upload the entire site directory you were given, and point the site to it (support can help with this bit as well if needed, it’s done in the Fully Hosted settings for the domain in our panel). Once the domain is set up to point to the directory you uploaded, it’s time to create an empty database from our panel here:


You will use that new empty database to upload your .sql backup :slight_smile: If you don’t have that backup yet, please see the article mentioned in our “Move WordPress to DreamHost” wiki: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Backup_MySQL

Once you have the database ready to upload here, you can follow one of the methods described here (our support can help with this): http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Migrate_MySQL

Once your site directory and database are uploaded, you’ll be at these steps to edit the wp-config.php file and set up a test: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Move_WordPress_to_DreamHost#Edit_wp_config.php

If you need any help with specific parts on our end (like connecting to the database in phpMyAdmin and editing URL values in the _options table to test before the switch), you’re more than welcome to ask for help from support for that as well. :slight_smile:

Thanks, I’ll have a look through this and come back if need to.