I'm a total newbie to managing my own site, and am hoping for some guidance as I try to set mine up; at this point I am totally stuck and am considering giving up.
Here's the situation. I have a blog currently on Wordpress.com. I want to migrate to Wordpress.org. I bought my preferred domain name from Google. I then signed up for hosting from DreamHost.
I used the one-click install on DreamHost to install Wordpress. I chose the custom settings. Following advice I read in a support page, I installed the Wordpress files to mydomainname.com/wp.
My installation of Wordpress via the one-click came back as successful and I received an email from DreamHost explaining what to do next to finalize the set-up. This email contained links to admin sections of my new website. However, every time I clicked on one of the links I ended up at a generic Google site that said "Welcome to [mydomainname].com", with no dashboard or any admin privileges.
Next, following advice provided by the Google service where my domain is registered, I modified the A records in my DNS records with DreamHost. However, I still can't get anywhere when I click on the links I received from DreamHost following my installation of Wordpress.
I hope this doesn't sound too terribly confusing. There's a lot of advice out there on how to do what I'm trying to do, but none of it is detailed enough (or explained clearly enough) to enable me - a newbie - to know how to solve my problem. Any insight would therefore be much appreciated.