I’m new and trying to see what my site will look like before I swing around the domain itself.
Nominally the Getting Started Document at:
says what you need to do. Unfortunately it’s not very explicit. It says:
“If you’d like to view your uploaded site on our servers (to check that everything is working, or whatever!) before your domain is up, you can! Simply go to the Domain > Add Domain (https://panel.dreamhost.com/?tab=domain&subtab=add_domain) area of our web panel and add a free dreamhosters.com sub-domain (e.g. “yourdomain.dreamhosters.com”). Choose it to be a “mirror” domain and set it up to mirror your real domain that hasn’t gone live yet. When you’re done, within an hour you’ll be able to see your site at http://yourdomain.dreamhosters.com/ exactly as it will be when your domain is transferred!”
OK - so I go to the Domains tab (not the ‘Domain’ as stated - picky but it kind of hints at the lack of solid info from the start)) and there is no Add Domain option. Never mind I go into Manage Domains and there is an option, over in the body of the page, called “Add New Domain/Sub-Domain”. I guess that’s it.
When I go there I get a comprehensive set of boxes with these titles:
The getting started doc doesn’t say which to use. So I’m thrashing around at the moment…
Assume the domain I have yet to swing around is called example.com
if I put ‘example.dreamhosters.com’ in the Mirror box it throws up an error: “Can’t add domain: already in our system.”
So I try filling in the Fully Hosted box with ‘example.dreamhosters.com’ that seems to set soemthing up but what it is I don’t know and how I might choose it to be a Mirror domain I don’t know either.
Has anybody done a decent set of blow-by-blow instructions for this - I can’t believe I’m the only person to thrash around on this. I have done a search of the forums and it comes up a few times but all roads seem to return to the Wiki and its poor description.