DreamHost doesn’t offer only hosting. You can also register a domain name through DreamHost. DreamHost company is registered under ICANN. All domain registration process is managed by DreamHost itself.
Domain Registration & Domain Hosting
If you are going to make a website then you need to understand two things. One what is domain registration and second what is domain hosting. You also need to understand how both are related to each other.
Domain registration is a process of registering a unique address(URL) for your website. Your website is accessed by entering the domain name in to web browser. After registering a domain name, you need some space on the internet to store your web files. When your website is accessed, files from storage space are served. Getting a space on internet for your web files is called hosting.
Domain name registrar and domain hosting company need not to be same. You can register a domain from any domain name registrar and host it to any hosting company. Domain registrar saves information about the name servers for the domain. You just need to set hosting company’s name servers entries at the domain name registrar. Now hosting company manages the DNS entries.
DreamHost Domain Registration
If you prefer to watch the video then here it is. In the following video, I show you how to register a domain name. Learn the step by step process by watching this video.
DreamHost offers a free domain registration with every hosting account. It’s not compulsory to register a domain name at the time of signup. You can register a domain after signing up with DreamHost. There are many DreamHost coupons which offer up to 4 free domain registrations. To register a domain name, first login to DreamHost Panel. Click on Domains link in the left navigation panel. Then click on Registrations link.
Now here enter the domain name which you want to register then click on “Check Availability” button. If the domain name is available then you will be taken to the next step otherwise you will get domain already registered error.
On this screen, select the whois privacy option if you want. DreamHost offers free whois privacy when you register a domain name. Then click on “Continue” button. Give the payment details and done. You will get an email from DreamHost on the successful registration of your domain name.
DreamHost Domain Hosting
When domain is registered, you need to host the domain in order to make a working website. You can watch the following video to understand the hosting procedure.
To host a domain at DreamHost, follow these steps. First login to your DreamHost panel using WebID or email ID. Then click on “Domains” link. Again click on “Manage Domains” link.
On this page, click on “Add Hosting to a Domain / Sub-Domain” button. You will be taken to the next page where you need to give the domain name which you just registered.
Enter the domain name. Select the preferred version of your domain URL. Create or new username or select already created username. Enter the root directory path. Select your PHP mode. Select the options which you are going to use. Enter the captcha then click on “Fully host this domain” button.
DreamHost Domain Nameservers (DNS)
Registering a domain and hosting a domain won’t work if name servers are not set properly. When I didn’t know about the name servers, I also made a mistake. My domains were pointing to some other name servers and not set to DreamHost name servers. If you have registered a domain name through DreamHost then you don’t need to worry about setting name servers but if you registered a domain name through other domain name registrar then you need to set DreamHost name servers for your domain. DreamHost name servers are listed below.
Once you change the name servers, it takes 1-2 days to propagate the information. You can check your domain’s name server using any whois website.
If you want to host a domain at DreamHost then you don’t need to transfer a domain at DreamHost. You just need to set DreamHost name servers at the domain name registrar. There are cases when you might want to transfer a domain name to DreamHost. If your current domain name registrar charges more for domain registration then you may want to transfer a domain name to DreamHost. If your current registrar doesn’t provide the free whois privacy then also you should transfer the domain from your current registrar to the DreamHost.
Things to Check Before Transferring Domain
When you are transferring a domain to DreamHost, you need to keep few things in mind.
- Make sure that you haven’t register a domain recently. You cannot transfer a domain name within 60 days of registering it. I would suggest you transfer a domain one month before expire. When you transfer a domain name, you need to pay for one full year.
- Your domain must be in unlocked state. If your domain is locked then you can’t transfer a domain.
- You must have an access to the email ID registered in whois database. You will get confirmation email from registrar where you are transferring a domain.
- You also need to make sure that name servers are set properly to the domain name before you initiate a transfer. You can not change the name server in between the transfer.
- You must have a auth code of you domain to transfer the domain to another domain name registrar.
Transfer Domain To DreamHost
If you want to transfer a domain to DreamHost then first login to DreamHost Panel. Go to Registration Transfer page. Click on Domains then click on Reg. Transfer link. Enter your domain name and click on “Request Transfer” button.
Here, you need to provide the auth code. You can get the auth code from your current registrar.
Enter the auth code and click on “Continue” button. Now you will be taken to the payment gateway. Give the payment details and done. Now domain administrator will get an email from DreamHost. Domain administrator will need to click on the verification link given in the email. Then only the transfer process will be initiated. Now the domain will be transferred to the DreamHost.
Transfer Domain From DreamHost
If you want to transfer domain from DreamHost to another domain name registrar then also you need to start the transfer process at the other domain name registrar. You will need the auth code to initiate the transfer. You can get the auth code from DreamHost panel. Go to DreamHost panel then click on Domains link. Click on Reg. Transfer link.
On the Reg. Transfer page, you will get auth codes for all the domains registered through DreamHost. You can use the auth code to transfer domain from DreamHost to another domain name registrar.
I hope you enjoyed the article and now you know how to manage your domain name registrations.