"BTW to the OP. Yes, you'll have the standard 30 day grace period to re-register the expired domain."
That puts my mind at rest. And I presume that all the other domains I have with dreamhost will be unlocked eventually.
I have no idea how I will re-register it if I don't have any access to dreamhosts control panel though. They really do like to make things difficult.
As for the wordpress thing here is what I had done...
I had one domain for the record label and then several other domains, one for each artist. They would interlink each other (which seemed a perfectly natural thing to do) and each artist would have a wordpress blog.
Each artists blog would also have news taken from the main record label wordpress blog syndicated into its news page. And, the main blog would have a syndicated feed from each artists page, just as headlines.
No google ads or any of that rubbish, just real original content from real artists who had signed to my label. And, lets not forget that currently ALL of these artists have their websites offline all because of Dreamhosts shoot first policy.
How this can be not allowed is just beyond me. I feel like I am being treated like some sort of internet fraudster when in fact I am just running a record label which links to and from its artists websites!
I'm so fed up with the whole thing that I just want the auth codes and to pack up and leave for a host that has proper (in other words telephone) support and a more intelligent TOC. I'm all for taking down the spammers but deleting my account for linking all my sites together and sharing content (my content and that of the artists signed to me) between them is just madness. Absolute madness.