What is dream.website

I bought my domain in May. Recently, I discovered there seem to be a mirror of my website with dream.website added to it. It shows “http”, not secure but every single thing on the site is like a mirror of mine. What could be wrong

Interesting. I’ve never heard of this before, however it actually looks suspiciously like the result of a half-hearted attempt at automating an installation. What process did you follow to install your website application on to your brand new domain? I’m going to guess it’s WordPress.

You could check your panel and see if there is any mention of that rogue address anywhere.

Look in these locations in your DreamHost Panel

The mirroring on the dream.website domain appear to be a recent feature to aid in site migration. The only doc I could find are brief mentions in a help article and blog post (step 6) on WordPress migration. @kaleb2 asked about dream.website in February, but got no answer.

The feature allows one to copy example.com to DH and test with example.com.dream.website, while the original example.com is still running on the old web-host. Once testing/fixing are finished, the site’s DNS can be switch to DH with confidence.

Unfortunately, the feature seems overly broad, because almost all sites hosted on DH are now mirrored under dream.website! About 90% of the sites I checked are mirrored. This could cause problems with SEO, etc. For example, several hundred mirrored pages show up in Google’s index:


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Facepalmable state of affairs.

I’d still be interested to know if the mirroring can be terminated manually in Panel or if it really is a half-arsed attempt at automated installation which requires the should-be-transient domain as a source in perpetuity rather than being a temporary solution while waiting for DNS to propogate.

I don’t see anything on the Panel about the dream.website mirroring, but I just have a shared-hosting account. Maybe it is more visible under other plans, like DreamPress.

As a test, I setup hosting for the site foo.bar (not registered under .bar TLD), and presto the mirror domain works automatically:


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Like all the pros :sunglasses:

Wow. So it’s similar to a dreamhosters.com temp domain that’s likely available to everyone with a hosting account that has Add Domain rights. Handy to know.