Domains Control Panel
- 1 Overview
- 2 Viewing the domain configuration options
- 3 Fully Hosted
- 3.1 Domain name
- 3.2 Users, Files, and Paths
- 3.3 Web Options
- 3.4 CloudFlare and Google Services
- 4 Redirect
- 5 Mirrored
- 6 Parked
- 7 Cloaked
- 8 DNS Only
This article is an overview on the options available to configure your domain in the panel. For an overview on domain hosting options, view the Domains Menu article.
Viewing the domain configuration options
To view the options available to configure your domain, navigate to the (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Manage Domains’) page.
To the right of your domain, click the Edit button. This opens your domain configuration page. The following lists all the sections and subsections along with an explanation of each.
This section contains options for sites that are Fully Hosted on a DreamHost server.
This option allows you to control how the URL of your site appears when visiting it. For further information, view the Removing the "www" from your domain article.
Users, Files, and Paths
- This section is where you assign an FTP/SFTP/Shell user to access the web directory of the domain.
Run this domain under the user
The dropdown menu allows you to select an existing user or create a new user to assign to the domain. All users are located on the (Panel > ‘Users’ > ‘Manage Users’) page.
This field displays the directory on the server where your files are stored. By default, it’s set to a folder named the same as your domain name. In the example above, the name of the website is websitehelp.support.
This dropdown menu allows you to choose which version of PHP to run on your site.
Automatically upgrade PHP
If this option is checked, you are allowing DreamHost to upgrade the PHP version on your domain to a recommended version. If you’re running an outdated version, then DreamHost will automatically upgrade it after notifying you.
Extra Web Security
By selecting Extra Web Security, you enable the use of a special security module for your website. It is recommend you keep this option checked.
For more information on this option, please visit mod_security
Page Speed Optimization
Checking this box enables an apache module that helps to load your site faster. For more information on this feature, please visit Page Speed Optimization or simply click the ‘what’s this? link for that option.
PHP XCache Support
Passenger (Ruby/NodeJS/Python apps only)
Enabling this feature is mainly intended to run Ruby on Rails- or Ruby/Python-based programs. If you do not need this feature, leave it disabled. For further information, please view the Passenger article.
CloudFlare and Google Services
CloudFlare provides various tools that help accelerate and optimize your website. If you enable this feature, you are required to create an account or enter your existing CloudFlare account credentials to set it up on your domain. For further information, please view the CloudFlare article.
Enabling this feature allows you to utilize Google Apps on your domain. You must first sign up for Google Apps and verify your domain ownership in order to enable this feature. For further information, please review the Google Apps article.
When you are finished updating your changes, click the Change settings button in the center of the page to save them.
This section allows you to redirect your current domain to any other domain you wish. For further information, please review the Redirect Domain article.
A mirror allows you to upload your content to your server for one site (site A), but use another site’s URL (site B) on the same account to view the original site (site A). For further information, please review the Mirror Domain article.
The Parked section has no settings. Simply click the Park this domain button to enable it which sets the web hosting option to parked. Once a domain is set to Parked, DreamHost displays a place-holder web site with a generic DreamHost 'coming soon' message.
- Domain to cloak
- The Cloaked section allows you to display another site when visiting your current DreamHost site. The site being cloaked does not have to be hosted at DreamHost either (but a Mirrored site does require that the site is hosted at DreamHost).
- Site to display
- Enter the name of another URL. DreamHost will detect any web requests to your domain, and display a frame containing the URL you supply.
- Title in browser
- Enter the text to display. DreamHost will display this text as the title of the browser window when visiting your site.
This option provides the basic DNS for the domain, only without setting the site up on the web server to be hosted. If you wish to alter your DNS settings, please review the DNS and Custom DNS articles.