Installing WordPress on Dreamhost’s Shared Hosting

There are 3 Steps involved in the WordPress Installation process if you have Dreamhost Shared Hosting:

Install WordPress on your domain.

Login to your Dreamhost dashboard and click on the Goodies link in the left hand corner – this should show the rest of the items in the accordion and then you need to click on the One-Click Installs link.

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The One-Click Installs page looks like the following:

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Once you click on the WordPress icon, a form should pop up where you can add WordPress to a domain that is associated with your account.

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Select the Domain that you want to install WordPress on (in our case hoodyhat.com), automatically create the database and uncheck the deluxe install (it just adds extra themes to your WordPress install that you don’t need). Click the Install It For Me Now button and you should be shown the green alert box below – you’re off to the races!!

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Submit the WordPress Set Up form.

After you have installed WordPress, wait several minutes and then visit yourdomain.com (in our case hoodyhat.com) using a web browser.  Keep refreshing yourdomain.com until you see the following WordPress Setup form.

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Choose the Language of your choice and click the Continue button.  This should bring up the below screen:

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Fill out the form in its entirety and make sure to click the Install WordPress button at the end of the form.

*IMPORTANT NOTE* record the username and password that you use to fill out this section and label it as WordPress Admin Login. If you have a bunch of passwords (like us!) or you would like a more secure place to store your passwords (and a secure way to share passwords with others), you should use what we use – Dashlane! They have free or paid plans – the paid plan has automatic back up processes for your passwords and allows you to access the passwords on any device. To be totally transparent, we make money off of the Dashlane link above (if you choose the paid plan) – but we would never suggest a product that we don’t believe in and/or don’t use on a regular basis.

If the form was successfully submitted, the following screen should appear:

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Click the Log In button – which will display the following form:

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Use the credentials that you recorded above and click the Log In button. You should be redirected to your WordPress dashboard (shown below).

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AWESOME OPPOSUM! Now you can move onto Step 4! How do I Install a WordPress Theme on my site? Interesting you ask – you will do this in the next step!

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