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The DreamHost panel has several menu items with additional submenus. This page lists and explains each menu item.


The ‘Dashboard’ menu is where you can find up to date news on the newest DreamHost features. It’s a good idea to check this menu every once in a while to keep up to date on what’s new at DreamHost.

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Includes the following domain-related functions:

Manage Domains

The (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Manage Domains’) page allows to you manage the following features for your domains.

The ‘Manage Domains’ page allows you to manage your domain’s hosting. Here you can add hosting and adjust the domain’s settings, and you can also restore a domains web files from here as well.

View the following article for further details:


The (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Registrations’) page is where you can register a new domain and manage current domain registrations you have with DreamHost. All WHOIS modifications (including nameservers) can be made from here, as well as registration renewal settings and domain locking.

View the following article for further details:

Reg. Transfer

The (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Reg. Transfer’) page is where you can transfer a domain registration to or from DreamHost, as well as obtaining the domain’s authorization code.

View the following articles for further details:

Secure Hosting

On the (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Secure Hosting’) page, you can add an SSL certificate to your domain, which allows the domain to be accessed using the HTTPS protocol.

For further information view the following article:

Remap Sub-Dir

The (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Remap_Sub-Dir’) page allows you to remap a directory, which is useful for giving other users access in order to alter specific subdirectories without needing to give them full access to the site.

For more information, view the following article:

Anonymous FTP

The (Panel > ‘Domains’ Anonymous FTP’) page is where you can create an FTP service which allows anonymous users the ability to upload to your website.

For further information view the following article:

Mongrel and Proxy

These features are currently available for DreamHost VPS and Dedicated servers only. From the (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Mongrel and Proxy’) page, you can create a Mongrel application server to host your Ruby web applications, including Ruby on Rails. When you create a Mongrel server, an appropriate proxy server is automatically created and configured for you, and you can also create your own proxy as well.

For more information and setup instructions, please visit the following articles:

Stop The Hacker

DreamHost has partnered with StopTheHacker (an industry-leading web security company) to provide malware scanning and removal services to all customers. Stop The Hacker features include:

  • Fully integrated into the web panel for easy access.
  • Free website reputation monitoring service exclusive to DreamHost customers.

To enable StopTheHacker on your domain(s), click the StopTheHacker section in the panel.

For more information view the following article:


DreamPress is DreamHosts's Managed WordPress hosting. It's a scalable service that allows users to manage their WordPress sites with simple pricing and added benefits including server robustness, caching, and memory. It can be added on the (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘DreamPress’) page.

View the following article for details:

Mobile Site Builder

The Mobile Site Builder is a paid service by DudaMobile that allows you use a simple interface in order to optimize your site for mobile devices. You can configure the service on the (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Mobile Site Builder’) page.

For more information view the following article:

Site Statistics

You can enable site statistics on the (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Site Statistics’) page. The site statistics application runs through a program called Analog and provides various types of reports, including statistical reports for your domain.

View the following links for further details:



Includes the following email-related functions:

The Mail Menu is where you can manage various functions of your mail services with DreamHost, including:

  • Creating/Editing/Deleting email addresses
  • Configuring your Webmail service
  • Creating/Editing MX records
  • Creating/Editing Announcement Lists
  • Creating/Editing Discussion Lists
  • Managing spam filters
  • Creating/Editing autoresponders

Manage Email

The (Panel > ‘Mail’ > ‘Manage Email’) section is where you can add, edit, and delete email addresses. By clicking the Edit button to the right of any address, you can update passwords, disk limit quota, and configure the email as fully-hosted or as a forward-only address.

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On the (Panel > ‘Mail’ > ‘Webmail’) page, you can see the current URL for Webmail and if it’s hosted with DreamHost. If you click on the Edit button under the Actions column, you can edit the following:

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Disable Webmail
Disables Webmail on your domain. Enabling this doesn't mean that you can't check your email at all – you'll still be able to use an email client or visit
Webmail Location
Use this field to customize the URL to use for Webmail. The default is webmail.
Enable Atmail Webmail
Changes the Webmail client from SquirrelMail to Atmail.
SquirrelMail Login Image URL
If you would like to customize the appearance of your Webmail login screen, you can enter the URL of an image here.
SquirrelMail Login Organization Name
Allows you to change the text below the image.

Custom MX

The (Panel > ‘Mail’ > ‘Custom MX’) section is where you can edit the MX records for your domain. You can enter custom MX records, setup your email with Google Apps, or simply keep your mail services with DreamHost.

To learn more about custom MX records, visit the following article:

Announce Lists

The (Panel > ‘Mail’ > ‘Announce Lists’) page provides the ability to create an Announcement List. This list allows you to send to hundreds or even thousands of subscribers without affecting your regular email’s SMTP quota.

For more information on the Announcement List feature, visit the following article:


The (Panel > ‘Mail’ > ‘Anti Spam’) page allows you to create filters to block incoming spam. This feature cannot be enabled on non-DreamHost mail services.

For more information, visit the following article:

Discussion Lists

The (Panel > ‘Mail’ > ‘Discussion List’) allows you to create a discussion list where subscribers can contact each other through a single email. This is a great feature which also does not affect the regular SMTP quota.

For more information and creating a discussion list, visit the following article:

Message Filters

Custom filters can be added on the (Panel > ‘Mail’ > ‘Message Filters’) page. This feature allows you to create very specific filters to control incoming email anyway you find necessary.

For further information, view the following page:

Dh-kb-note-icon.fw.png Notes:
  • Of course, if your email client supports keyword filtering (most modern mail clients do allow this) then you can apply filters there as well. DreamHost filters operate on the server side so they will be applied before any local filtering done by your mail client software.
  • Forwarding only addresses (aliases) cannot process keyword filters (or junk mail filtering either).
  • If you also are using DreamHost’s Anti-spam filtering service, those filter are processed before any custom filters you enable in the panel.


On the (Panel > ‘Mail’ > ‘Autoresponders’) page, you can create a custom autoresponder. When anyone sends you an email, they will then receive the reply from this autoresponder. This tool is useful in instances when you’re not available for an extended period of time (such as a vacation).

For more information, view the following article:



Includes the following special-interest items:

The ‘Goodies’ menu contains links for other parts of the DreamHost panel that offer additions to your website. These can be used to optimize your overall experience.

MySQL Databases

The (Panel > ‘Goodies’ > ‘MySQL Databases’) page is where you can add/manage a database which may be used with your website.

View the following article for details:

One-Click Installs

The (Panel > ‘Goodies’ > ‘One-Click Installs’) page is where you would install and manage one-click applications such as MediaWiki, WordPress, concrete5, and Joomla.

View the following link for further details:


The (Panel > ‘Goodies’ > ‘Subversion’) page is where you can add/manage a subversion repository. Subversion is a "version control system" to help you manage projects ("repositories") that include many files and/or contributors.

View the following article for details:

Cron Jobs

The (Panel > ‘Goodies’ > ‘Cron Jobs’) page is where you can add/manage a cron job. Cron is a way of performing scheduled tasks on UNIX systems. Each entry in a user's "crontab" file is called a "cronjob."

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Flash Media

The (Panel > ‘Goodies’ > ‘Flash Media’) page offers a built-in tool to convert Flash files formats.

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Jabber IM

On the (Panel > ‘Goodies’ > ‘Jabber IM’) page, you can add Jabber users to communicate via instant message.

Jabber is an open-source instant messaging platform that uses open, XML-based protocols to create the standard functionality people expect of an IM system: one-to-one chat, multi-user chat, the ability to subscribe to someone else's presence, and so on. The great thing about Jabber on DreamHost is that you can host your OWN Jabber chat server on your domain.

View the following article for details:


The (Panel > ‘Goodies’ > ‘Htaccess/WebDAV’) page is where you can enable password protection or WebDAV.

You can use this web interface to create usernames and passwords for your friends and associates to access password-protected sections of your websites. You can even use an .htaccess file to help prevent hotlinking of your website files by outside parties.

View the following articles for details:

Block Spiders

On the (Panel > ‘Goodies’ > ‘Block Spiders’) page, you can create an .htaccess file to block specific search engines.

View the following article for details:

Google AdWords

The (Panel > ‘Goodies’ > ‘Google AdWords’) page lists a Google Adwords credit if you qualify.


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Includes the following VPS-related functions:

The VPS menu allows you to add and manage a private server. For further information, view the following article:


On the (Panel > ‘VPS’ > ‘Dashboard’) page, you can add a new VPS or manage an existing one.

If you already have a VPS, you can configure its setting, change the amount of RAM allotted, restart the server, or delete it from your account on the dashboard page.



Includes the following Dedicated Servers-related options:

The ‘Dedicated Servers’ menu allows you to add/manage a Dedicated server to your account. It also offers the ability to add an admin user to the server which allows you to run commands as sudo/root.


The (Panel > ‘Dedicated Servers’ > ‘Dashboard’) page shows a list of Dedicated Servers for this account. You can also add and manage a Dedicated Server here.

Admin Users

An admin user is given full root access to the Dedicated Server via the "sudo" command. These are special users with full access to the server.

Dh-kb-important-icon.fw.png Important: Be careful when you’re using an admin user as you will have the ability to disrupt system settings which could disable your sites or server. Make sure you know what you’re doing when using an admin user.



Includes the following Cloud Services-related options:

DreamHost offers two Cloud services which are available in the panel:


DreamObjects is a cost-effective cloud storage service, which you can use to host static data for your websites, store backups, or develop the next big thing. You can access DreamObjects in your panel using the built-in interface, programmatically via standard APIs, or with a growing library of applications. It’s even compatible with Amazon S3 and OpenStack Swift APIs.

View the following article for a list of compatible applications:

You can find additional information regarding DreamObjects here:

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Quick Wiki Links


DreamCompute is a highly scalable cloud computing service built to power everything from:

  • Web and mobile applications
  • Digital media and e-commerce websites
  • Big data analytics
  • Testing and development environments

All instances can be managed through the DreamCompute’s dashboard built off of Openstack’s Horizon. To begin DreamCompute, you can start the service in your panel on the (Panel > ‘Cloud Services’ > ‘DreamCompute’) page.

You can find additional information regarding DreamCompute here:

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Quick Wiki Links



Includes the following user-related functions:

The user section of the panel provides access in order to add/manage users, add/edit SSH Keys, and create account privileges to give specific users selected access to your panel. You can also configure specialized Unix groups for advanced user control.

Manage Users

The (Panel > ‘Users’ > ‘Manage Users’) page is where you can add a new FTP/SFTP/Shell user to your server.

View the following pages for further details:

SSH Keys

On the (Panel > ‘Users’ > ‘SSH Keys’) page, you can add and edit SSH Keys for your server. SSH keys can be used for passwordless access to your VPS.

Account Privileges

On the (Panel > ‘Users’ > ‘Unix Groups’) page, you can add specific email addresses and decide exactly what they can access in your panel. This gives you the ability to provide selected access to your panel.

View the following article for details:

Unix Groups

The (Panel > ‘Users’ > ‘Unix Groups’) page is for advanced users where you can create Unix groups on the server which allow different Shell users to access specific directories under another user.

View the following article for details:

Billing & Account


Includes the following billing/account-related functions:

The Billing & Account section of your panel allows you to maintain and monitor almost every aspect of your account. In this section you can make payments, view invoices, set up security measures, backup your account, create rewards, and view usage.

Manage Account

The (Panel > ‘Billing & Account’ > ‘Manage Account’) page provides you with a complete overview of your panel, including:

  • Account # and name
  • Current amount due
  • Current Promotions
  • Service Plans
  • Servers
  • Users
  • Mailboxes
  • Domains Hosted
  • Domains Registered
  • Databases
  • Unique IP Addresses

Make Payment

The (Panel > ‘Billing & Account’ > ‘Make Payment’ ) page allows you to make a payment.

You can also add or change the details of your payment method by using the following:

  • Account balance at the top
  • AutoPay in the center
  • Single payments at the bottom

View the following article for further details:

View Invoices

On the (Panel > ‘Billing & Account’ > ‘View Invoices’) page, you can print or view invoices. You can also view the complete record of charges and credits posted to your account.

View the following article for details:


On the (Panel > ‘Billing & Account’ > ‘Security’) page, there are 5 Sections:

  • Change Password – Where you can change your password
  • Multifactor Authentication – Provides additional security to your panel login
  • Change Secret Question & Answer – These Q&As are used to retrieve your password
  • IP locking – Use to allow only certain IPs to view your site
  • Active sessions – Lists details of what IP addresses accessed your panel and at what time.

View the following articles for details:

Backup Your Account

The (Panel > ‘Billing & Account’ > ‘Backup Your Account’) page provides an easy way to generate a complete account backup.

View the following article for details:


The (Panel > ‘Billing & Account’ > ‘Affiliates’) page provides information on the program, which is a way to receive credit or cash for referring customers to DreamHost.

View the following article for details:

Buy Gift Card

The (Panel > ‘Billing & Account’ > ‘Buy Gift Card’) page allows you to purchase a gift card used for DreamHost services.

Bandwidth Usage

The (Panel > ‘Billing & Account’ > ‘Bandwidth Usage’) page lists stats on bandwidth usage by domain.

Disk Usage

The (Panel > ‘Billing & Account’ > ‘Disk Usage’) page lists disk usage by user, fully hosted domain, email address, database, and discussion list.

MySQL Usage

The (Panel > ‘Billing & Account’ > ‘MySQL Usage’) page provides information on MySQL usage by database, disk usage, connects, queries, and conueries.



Includes the following support-related options:

Contact Support

Submit a support request to DreamHost Technical Support. The Contact Support section includes several methods for getting support, including:
  • Submitting a support request, which provides links for specific issues
  • Posting about an emergency
  • Requesting Live Chat support
You can also view additional support information by:
Most queries can be answered by searching the Wiki, or the discussion forum, and these should be the first ports of call in the event of a problem. If those fail to provide a solution, submitting a support request will get a response within a reasonable amount of time.

Support History

View your support history.

Data Centers

Shows a list of all the DreamHost data centers, and which locations store your data.