In today’s tutorial we look at the initial emails you get from DreamHost after you signed up and paid for the hosting package. We pick out the stuff you need to write down in your little notebook. If you don’t have that little notebook yet, this is the moment to get it because it is absolutely required.
We also cover how to install Joomla and WordPress. I would not follow both or you probably get confused. Whether you chose to install WordPress or Joomla depends on what you want to do with your channel. Read on below.
For each step, there are video tutorials. The videos are placed in the member area as well, according to subject, so that you do not need to dig between the posts to find them back later. The member area is for those of you who have signed up for the newsletter.
Dreamhost access to the control panel and various places
If you signed up with DreamHost, you must have received a couple of emails from DreamHost in the meanwhile, if not, you should contact them. If you just follow along, you can skip this part, because it will make no sense to you. Instead, go to the next step about CMS.
In this video tutorial I show you what is important to write down and how to use it. And we will visit the panel of DreamHost to discover what we need to find out. We only look into those parts that are relevant to our a video channel. All other aspects are well covered by DreamHost documentation.
Which content management do I need?
OK, so now that we know what we need to know, we can install a content management system. But which one?
Please have a look at this post: Joomla vs WordPress before you go further. If need be, take a couple of days to think about it. This tutorials won’t walk away, you will always find it back in the member area or on the left in the Topic section under Video channels/networks.
Press a button to Install a content management system
With DreamHost, this is indeed with a click on a button, but let’s be real, we are talking about a content management system with a database, a public end and an administration end and they all have locks on their doors, so you do need to create the keys (passwords) upfront and during installation, you will be asked for those passwords. In this tutorial I will explain what you need to do for Joomla and what WordPress requires. No rocket science here, I promise! It’s like installing software on your computer, you will be asked a few non technical questions and everything is indeed installed for you. Especially on hosting plans where they have these systems integrated, the chances for error are almost zero, that is why I sent you specifically to DreamHost because I tested it out and it works great.
If you have already webspace with someone else and there is an application vault for Joomla or WordPress, you can follow along with this video tutorial. Normal install through FTP is different and requires additional steps that are beyond the scope of this series.
I will not cover finding and installing templates for the CMS of your choice in this tutorial because I think it will be an overload of information. Instead, I will add that to part 3.
If you do not want to set up a video channel yourself, we can arrange the whole process for you or do the parts you do not understand. Drop us a comment in that case and we will discuss this further with you in private.
To resume: In Part 3 , we are going to look for the right template so that you have a minimum of work to do to adapt the look. We will also install the video player on your system and download and install a plugin to make it work.