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  • I’ve bought an account at DH, Hurray!!!

    Why the hell don’t they have phpmyadmin? What’s going on there? I’m sure others have encountered this problem. I have NO idea what ssh is, don’t have a friggin clue what to do to import my sql file.

    I swear I’m sure their support forums means something to someone, but to me it’s all noise. I’ve checked the wp forums for something similar, I got a link to a tutorial how to actually get wp running which nearly made me cry.

    I’m seriously thinking of cancelling my plan with them…. they make some thing incredibly easy while others not so easy. Any help would be seriously appreciated.

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  • You bought the plan and THEN checked if they had phpmyadmin?

    SSH is a way for you to upload files like ftp and then extract and install files from the client without having to extract on hdd first before uploading

    Well it says it’s got it, and it does, somewhere, but there’s seems to be issues of how to bloody access the thing.

    The plan I got has got everything my current host has 4 times as much, and well DH seem more reputable. The problem is in order to make things easy they’ve made them hard…

    What plan are you on? I’m trying out Dreamhost, and I have phpmyadmin.

    Go into your panel, select Goodies – you should see MySQL listed there. From that section you can create new databases. Any databases you have alreadt created will be listed at the bottom of the page. The name of each database is a link to phpmyadmin for that database.

    The ssh access they offer is a bonus – lots of hosts don’t let their customers have shell access like that. If you don’t know (or care) about that kind of thing, you can safely ignore it….

    Dreamhost’s Knowledge Base is very useful, too.

    I’ve not propagated the domain name yet, and so I don’t actually see phpmyadmin….

    So would I have to get my site propagated before I can access phpmyadmin?

    no ideas about ssh, completely over my head.

    Moderator James Huff


    Khaled, you’ll have to wait for the domain name to propagate. Once it does, you can either click the database name in Goodies/MySQL as stated above, or just navigate your browser to the database URL. Either way, you’ll be taken straight to the phpmyadmin interface.

    P.S. Don’t be afraid to use DH’s support forums. We’re pretty active over there.

    P.P.S. You wouldn’t be “emmortel”, would you?

    P.P.P.S. Thanks for Manji!

    Thanks macmanx I guess it’s just good to know what the deal actually is. So phpmyadmin will come up once I’ve got it propagated.

    Okay in which case my site will go down for a day or so, eh what the hey, while I sort out the database transfer and the files transfer etc.

    Thanks for the help guys.

    p.s yeah I noticed :).

    p.p.s spot on 🙂

    p.p.p.s you’re very welcome 🙂

    Moderator James Huff


    Check your domain (both via your browser and the Domains tab in DreamHost’s CP) every three hours. A domain name transfer could take anywhere from 12-72 hours, sometimes less if you’re lucky.

    Hmmmm – Khaled, lol I just read the name! doh!

    So does dreamhost have their own Cpanel? And they don’t use Fantastico?

    Well if it works, it works

    Moderator James Huff


    DreamHost constructed their own one-click installation for WordPress. They wanted more control over which version was installed, etc. I’ve seen Fantastico installers which are still installing v1.2.0. I’m glad that DreamHost is this dedicated to WordPress. They’re also staying up-to-date on WP issues, such as not updating to MySQL 4.1.7 (and going to v4.1.8 instead due to WP incompatibility) and holding off the upgrade to PHP v5 until WP v1.5 is released. DreamHost also provides a one-click install for phpBB2, Advanced Poll, and OSCommerce. Again, all of these installers were developed in-house and not run by Fantastico.

    I’ve been playing at Dreamhost for about a month now, and so far I’m happy. It’s the first time I’ve used Linux based hosting (all my previous hosts were Windows-based), and up till now it’s been a positive experience. Their control panel works well for me – can’t say I’d be inclined to use the one-click installs, but the rest is good.

    For the money[1], it’s a good service.

    [1] The current UK-US exchange rate helps there 🙂

    Why the heck you have to wait for domain to propagate to access phpmyadmin?

    It reminds me when I opened a new bank account, and they said they will freeze my opening balance for sometime before I could make withdrawal 🙁

    Propagation is necessary because access is by url of the database:

    Moderator James Huff


    Also, the IP of your site changes when you switch to a new host. You must wait for your ISP to respect that change and apply it to your domain name in their caches.

    Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    A database should not matter surely ?

    I thought that there was a delay purely for the DNS (Domain Name Servers) around the place to catch up – something that we were all told would be much much quicker ……and yet does not seem to be.

    In Dreamhost’s setup, databases exist under a user-specifed hostname. The link from the panel is to – or you can put that in the address line of your browser. Going to that link after entering the db user name and password takes you into phpmyadmin.

    So, no name propagation, no db access…..

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