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Dreamhost Wordpress for under $50

Updated on June 7, 2013

You have certainly been out there long enough looking for web hosting with wordpress, and the following article clarifies where you can find it, and how to install and configure wordpress on a server.

For the following example I installed Wordpress on Dreamhost.

But first of all, let’s talk a bit about the service provided by both Dreamhost and Wordpress, and why Dreamhost Wordpress is so important for your websites whether you’re running a web design business or simply getting a Wordpress site up for yourself.

Reliability means everything

Reliability and stability means everything if you are running a web design business, and that may be hard to find these days as there are so many different options on the market. From my own personal experience and from running 2 web design businesses in Europe and South America, you can trust Dreamhost running your Wordpress websites at 101%.

This L.A. Based company is the best one around as they are fully capable of managing your greatest demands, they’re amazing at solving problems and have a full 6 star support team backing you up with everything you need, and making sure that your Wordpress website delivers as it should. You can also add as many domains as you wish to your plan; that means that you only have to pay for 1 unlimited space account, and have lots of domains with Wordpress working on it.

Another great thing about them is that they have a very intuitive back office, from where you can virtually control everything! And by everything I really mean e-v-e-r-y t-h-i-n-g! No complicated Cpanels, no FTPing files up and down, no chmodding and no nerdy stuff.

From the account panel, you get access to one of the best resources in the world, which is the “one-click installs”, where to install a system such as Wordpress, all you have to do is... click.

Dreamhost panel
Dreamhost panel

Installing the Dreamhost Wordpress

The first thing you will need is of course, a Dreamhost account. If you don’t already have one, at the end of this article you’ll find a great deal; 1 year worth of hosting with wordpress for under $50.


Step 1 - Finding Wordpress on Dreamhost

One-click installs, where you will find wordpress can be found on the main tool bar on the left hand side, under “Goodies”. After you have made the selection, you should click on Wordpress (2) in the content section of the “One-click installs”.

Finding Wordpress on Dreamhost
Finding Wordpress on Dreamhost

Step 2 - Installing Wordpress on Dreamhost

When you click on the wordpress icon in the content section of the Dreamhost panel, a lightbox will appear with the necessary parameters to install Wordpress on a domain within Dreamhost.

There are a few things you need to have prepared previously though:

  1. you must have set up hosting for the domain you want to install Wordpress on;

  2. the directory where you wish to install wordpress must be completely empty.

After you have checked these 2 details, you’re ready to roll!

Click on “Custom Installation” (1), which will then open the details for you to proceed. When those details appear under the button, select the domain where you wish to install Wordpress (2), and a directory. If you wish to install Wordpress on the root, leave the directory section “/” blank. If you already have SQL database which you would like to work with, select that, and if not just leave it as it is: “Automatically create database”. Activate the “Deluxe install” option and press “Install it for me now”.

You’re done!

Installing Wordpress on Dreamhost
Installing Wordpress on Dreamhost

Step 3 - Check your email

Go grab a snack and something to drink, as the happy Dreamhost robot installs Wordpress on your domain. It takes about 3 minutes so, ready set go (get that snack)!

Follow the instructions in your email and set a password for your wordpress account. Write it down so that you don’t forget it!

Step 4 - Install the Wordpress theme

After you’ve set up your Dreamhost Wordpress, it’s time to install the design or the theme you will be working on. If you don’t have a theme yet, please read this article about small business web design, where I specify details about wordpress themes.

To install a Wordpress theme from within your Wordpress backoffice, all you have to do is:

  1. Look for “Themes” under the “Appearance” tab on the main menu on the left hand side of the panel (1)

  2. Click on the tab “Install themes” which will appear on the top of the “Themes” section (2)

  3. Click on “Upload”, as you will be uploading a .zip file with the theme that you got from Themeforest (3)

  4. Choose the file that you wish to upload, and “Install” it!

Installing the Wordpress Theme
Installing the Wordpress Theme

Good luck with your Wordpress venture

As mentioned earlier on, if you sign up to Dreamhost for under $50 with the voucher code “BEAMAZING”.

Good luck with your hosting with Wordpress, and more importantly have fun with it!

Video on how to install Wordpress on Dreamhost


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