Famous 5 Minute Guide to Install WordPress on Dreamhost

How to Install WordPress On Dreamhost

When I started my Blogging career, I hosted my WordPress blog on Dreamhost Server. Here I will be sharing a step by step guide for newbie to get start with WordPress on Dreamhost. Before, we move ahead, I will let you know the reason I opted for Dreamhost:

  • It offers SSD hosting for Shared hosting without any extra cost.
  • If offers free domain name with hosting.
  • It’s reasonable, and you get one free domain with hosting. Total cost: only $69

I remember paying $69 for one year hosting + free domain name with one year free who.is guard subscription, which was good enough for any newbie to get the start at cheap. Dreamhost offers two-week free trial account, so you can grab one account without paying and if you not happy with their service, you can cancel it anytime.

Dreamhost WordPress

I have also added the special Dreamhost promo link below, which will let you get 1 free domains and one year unlimited hosting for only $69.

Get Dreamhost hosting for $69 only (Coupon: SML50)

I assume this is enough to get you started, and let’s get it straight to the topic: WordPress installation on Dreamhost server. Once you sign up with DreamHost, your login and FTP server details you will receive on the Email address you specified. Keep them handy which will be useful when you upload files on your server.

How to Install WordPress on Dreamhost Hosting?

Login to your DreamHost web panel. On the homepage click on One click installs

Dreamhost WebPanel

Click on One Installs & here you will get options to Install WordPress or any other software of your choice.

Dreamhost One click Blog Installer

Click on WordPress & Dreamhost Custom one click installer will prompt you to select the domain, where you want to install WordPress. Do remember, Your Dreamhost account let you host unlimited websites.

Dreamhost One click WordPress Blog Installation

Do keep the check-box select for option Deluxe One-Click Install. This will auto-install essential plugins such as Jetpack, Akismet, WP Super cache. It also automatically secure your uploads folder. Click on Install it for me now.  This will start installing WordPress on your domain name & In few minutes you will receive an Email on your account stating that Successfully installed WordPress on your account. Just follow the email where you need to create an admin account for your WordPress blog.

Dreamhost WordPress Auto installer

Note: At times it takes more than 5 minutes for the email to reach you. Instead of waiting, simply open the domain name in a browser tab & you would see a screen like below for your WordPress Setup.

set up WordPress

Click on Install WordPress & the next page click on Login. Now, login using the WordPress credentials you have created in above screen.

By typing http://www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin/

Replace Yourdomainname with your domain name. Ex: ShoutMeLoud

Here is a screenshot of WordPress Dashboard (Admin area) after successful installation of blog on a Dreamhost hosting account:

WordPress Blog backend


That’s it and within 5 minutes your WordPress blog is up and running. Now you need to follow the steps mentioned in below articles to make your blog look better and for complete setup of your blog:

Check out our complete WordPress Guide, which will help you to set up a Well optimized WordPress blog on Dreamhost.

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Article By
Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 32 )

  1. Ajayi says

    After hosting on one host company and after a year, is it possible to move to another hosting company offering cheaper hosting?

    watz d consequence and how easy is that?

  2. Ajayi says

    pls, after getting dream host hosting at this 50% discount, how much will they be charging from d following year onward?
    Am considering getting one now.

  3. Ajay A Kunikullaya says

    Hey Harsh,
    Just created my new blog. Thank you so so much for all the help. Your post is easy to understand and was of great help. I had no issues with the installation process. Thanks once again. :) :)

  4. Anoop Nasa says

    Hi Harsh,

    I thank you for sharing your blogging journey with me. i am looking forward to becoming a blogger in future. However, there are some hindrances to this as given below. I need your help/guidance to overcome this

    1) I am not a writer myself, should i hire one?
    2) Myself is also from an engineering background, should i hire a designer for designing my blog or do it myself?

    Further, Bluehost is charging Rs.3.95$/mo, then is there any advantage of going with dreamhost which is charging 9.95$/mo. Please confirm.

  5. mr script says

    hey harsh,i just bought dreamhost hosting account using your 50$ discount cupon,and dont want anything more after this detailed guide,it helped a lot!

  6. Sam says

    I Don’t have any credit card facility to buy webhosting from Dreamhost.
    Then How can i get it from other source.
    Is Bigrock.in Provide facility of wordpress.

  7. Jim luthra says

    Hi harsh, I am a Jim and currently use blogger for blogging. I already own a custom domain and I want to move to wordpress, please guide me. Idk anything abt WP.

  8. kavita says

    nice tutorial now i understand clearly that how to install self hosted wordpress blog. ANother thing is you have make a clear picture which will be very helpful

  9. Jagan Mangat says

    Thanks for this tutorial,i was in need of this.
    You explained it well,installation process is pretty simple.

  10. Marianne says

    I read some of your posts about self-hosted blogs. Somehow I learned a lot from you. Just want to know how to migrate my blog Life Ascending from blogspot to wordpress, if it’s possible. Thanks!!!

  11. Sanjay says

    Thanks for the great tutorial! With this, I am gonna start creating my new wordpress blog. I am gonna share this to my friends too.

    Thumbs up mate!

  12. ostom says

    Very good tutorial!!!

    I have a domain and hosting(windoes) in Net4india. How can I transfer my wordpress blog to selfhosted domain?
    Pl. Help

  13. Kavita says

    Nice tutorial to host self hosted wordpress blog on dreamhost. Procedure to upload is almost same for every host. I am using Godaddy and am happy with their service.

    • says

      Kavita some how I never liked Godaddy for WordPress hosting and always found one or more problem with their hosting when it comes to WordPress. Probably it’s me only but I saw the same reaction from other bloggers friend who were using Godaddy as hosting.

  14. showbiz says

    Perfect for new bloggers or those moving to own domain to host blogs.. thumbs up for this article..

  15. Seb says

    If you use Linux hosting with Cpanel, it’s very easy to setup WordPress 2.8 with the Fantastico installer.

  16. P.K.ARUN says

    hay your blog is realy gud with interesting stuff like this .. . i like your all posts .. in this post u have explained ony Installing self hosted wordpress blog in dream host but i want from the beginging i.e what is registraing domain ?,
    hosting a domain like this …….. can please post from the basic because i am look for that .. i will come back to your blog once again to c how you replayed to this comment . I also looking for hosting a self domain in WP but i don’t know how to do that so i am commenting here i think u can help me …..

    • says

      Well registering domain is like buying a name for your blog or website. You can easily search for a domain name at very place. Domain name for a year will cost you 10$ and then come the hosting. Hosting is the place where all your files will be stored. Like in blogspot, which is powered by Google servers. In this case I’m talking about dreamhost hosting service. Which I use.
      Its easy to buy a free domain along with a hosting from dreamhost. I’m talking about dreamhost because of my experience with it.
      For one year it will cost u 69$.
      Let me know if u need more help or want me to set up wordpress for you on remote.
      You can sign up for dreamhost here .

  17. mohan says

    Hi dear, ur blog is really good.
    I am coofiuse to select templets so can u help me to find better templets(them) for my site

  18. himanshu says

    @Harsh, first of all congratulations for the new theme,it looks awesome,you have removed lots of unwanted things and add lots of demanding features. Also this post is very useful for newbies who don’t have any idea about WordPress installation and web hosting, that’s why i love Shoutmeloud, keep giving the demanding informations. Thanks.

    • says

      Thanks Himanshu, Its actually support from you guys that make me write such tutorials.
      I realize later people who are non tech found it tough to deal with installation part. Such tutorial will help them to start with their own blog.

  19. Simran says

    Nice post Harsh.. It’ll really help newbies. Do the instructions given here works with every hosting provider or with Dreamhost only ?

    • says

      The process is almost same for every host. Since I’m using Dreamhost, so I prefer keeping it simple and titled as wordpress installation on dreamhost hosting.