Transfer your hosting to DreamHost

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Overview

This page describes how to transfer your website hosting from your old provider to DreamHost.

I have my hosting at another company and want to sign up for a new DreamHost account to host my site right away

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  1. Sign up for any DreamHost plan [here].
  2. Create an account and click Continue.
    The Configure a Domain page appears.
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  3. Select the radio button for ‘I already own this domain’ and click the Continue button.
  4. Finish the sign-up process.
    Note: DreamHost will send you a 'request to transfer the registration' after you complete the sign up, as well as information on how to access your FTP account.
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  5. Back up all of your website files, databases, and emails from your old host via FTP or Wget.
  6. Log in to your DreamHost FTP account. You can find more info on the FTP wiki; once logged in through your FTP client, you’ll be able to upload your web files to the server.
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  7. Use the information in the following wikis to upload your MySQL database and email to our servers.
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  8. Return to your old host and set the 'nameservers' for your domain registration to point to DreamHost using these nameservers:
    • ns1.dreamhost.com
    • ns2.dreamhost.com
    • ns3.dreamhost.com
    Notes:
    • This modification takes about 3-72 hours to propagate across the Internet, after which your new name servers will direct visitors to your account here with DreamHost.
    • You can track the progress of your DNS update here.
    https://www.whatsmydns.net/
    Once the DNS is resolving to Dreamhost, your site will resolve to the data you’ve uploaded to our servers.

I have my hosting at another company but want to set up the site at DreamHost first before pointing the DNS to DreamHost

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  1. Sign up for any DreamHost plan.
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  2. Select the radio button for ‘I already own this domain’ and click the Continue button.
    After you sign up, you will have a hosting plan with a domain set with no registration pointing to it yet. You won't be able see it through a browser, but you can access it via FTP. Please review the FTP for directions on how to log into your FTP account with Dreamhost.
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  3. Log into your account in the Panel.
  4. Go to the (Panel > 'Domains' > 'Manage Domains') section.
  5. Click the Add Hosting to a Domain / Sub-Domain button.
  6. Create a free sub-domain under the ‘dreamhosters.com’ domain. Example: MYDOMAIN.dreamhosters.com.
    This sub-domain is free of charge.

Mirroring a domain

See also: Mirror Domain

When you create a mirror domain, you are creating a server alias that allows you to access the content of your DreamHost site before the domain itself has become accessible from our servers. Follow these steps to set it to mirror your existing domain that you already have in your account.

  1. Open the ‘Manage Domains’ page on your Panel at (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Manage Domains’).
  2. Click the Edit button under the ‘Web Hosting’ column for the subdomain you just created using our ‘.dreamhosters.com’ domain.
  3. Scroll down to the ‘Mirrored’ section of that page to setup the mirror to your main domain.
  4. Enter the domain name you’re going to use to mirror your primary domain in the ‘Create the mirror at’ section.
    The ‘Mirror this site’ section is where you enter your main domain.
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  5. Click Mirror this domain.
    It usually takes between 4 and 8 hours for the sub-domain to start working. After that, the MYDOMAIN.dreamhosters.com that you created above allows you to view your main domain in the interim period before the DNS is pointed to us.
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  6. Once you upload and setup up your website, return to your old host and change the 'nameservers' for your registration to point to DreamHost using the following:
    • ns1.dreamhost.com
    • ns2.dreamhost.com
    • ns3.dreamhost.com
    Note: This modification takes anywhere from 3-72 hours to propagate across the Internet, after which your new name servers will direct visitors to your account here with DreamHost. Your mirror will no longer be needed at that time.
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Transferring your registration to DreamHost

Please review the following wiki on how to transfer your domain registration to Dreamhost: