Within the first post of this series, we launched some thrilling current updates to the brand new Web sites part of the DreamHost account management panel! We checked out Grid View for looking the websites in your account with previews of their homepages and Record View for displaying your domains in larger element.
However this redesign wasn’t nearly seems to be — it’s already enabled us so as to add new options to the panel in document time! Free WordPress Migrations, Change Your Area, and DNS Propagation Monitoring can be found to all DreamHost prospects proper now!
In our final put up, we additionally touched on the historical past (specifically the what and the why) of our new strategy to serving to you handle your web sites, however we didn’t have time to get into the main points on all that we’ve been capable of accomplish already with the brand new platform! It’s a brand new day and a brand new weblog put up. Let’s get to it!
You’ve Bought to Transfer It, Transfer It
Free WordPress Migrations have been a recreation changer for anybody with an present web site who desires to maneuver it to a brand new dwelling right here at DreamHost. Migrating WordPress sites throughout net hosts could be difficult, with a number of alternatives for issues to go sideways.
The choice to switch hosting providers is a giant one and is commonly simpler mentioned than performed! Our new customized migration plugin eliminates any ache and confusion from the switch course of and frees you as much as concentrate on what issues. You gained’t even need to suppose about futzing with hosts files and database entries, and also you gained’t have to carry your breath questioning if the whole lot will work after DNS finishes propagating!
Merely set up the DreamHost Automated WordPress Migration plugin, seize the migration token out of your DreamHost management panel, and paste that token into the plugin. Our migration robots then go to work whilst you sit again, calm down, and binge Ted Lasso. As soon as your web site’s information is moved over, update your domain to use DreamHost’s nameservers, and also you’re stay!
Construct It Now, Identify It Later!
Let’s say you’re not fairly able to hit Publish together with your web site. Perhaps you’re nonetheless looking for the perfect domain name. Perhaps you’re engaged on a brand new model of your web site quietly behind the scenes with a temporary domain. In some unspecified time in the future, you’ll want to vary the area identify that’s related together with your web site. Sounds easy! Proper?
Sadly, updating the area on a WordPress web site generally is a complex, tedious task, fraught with peril and downtime if the whole lot doesn’t go simply proper.
Whereas it’s all the time been protected to make use of a free temporary domain (e.g., one thing.dreamhosters.com) for a web site that’s not fairly prepared for prime time, the mandatory behind-the-scenes WordPress configuration changes have been one other matter. The location proprietor is often chargeable for updating their web site to really work with the brand new area. Except you’re the sort that already is aware of their approach round a .htaccess file, it may be a frightening expertise.
We developed a web site renamer perform for our Managed WordPress providing, DreamPress, years in the past. It dealt with the heavy lifting, updating a web site’s particulars and databases to work with its new URL. The renamer proved to be such a necessary instrument that we needed to share it with all of our WordPress customers — and this undertaking gave us an opportunity to make that occur!
Whereas One-Click Staging continues to be unique to DreamPress, anybody can now stage a WordPress web site utilizing a brief area, due to the brand new Change Your Domain characteristic within the management panel!
See? That’s What I Was Speaking About…
Probably the most thrilling new characteristic of our area administration instruments got here out in February 2021!
For years, our assist staff has risen to the problem of teaching prospects about how DNS and domain name propagation works. Whereas our prospects’ normal tech-savviness has steadily elevated over that point, DNS continues to be a troublesome idea to articulate through emails, chats, and cellphone calls. More often than not, customers wish to know one essential factor: Can the world see my web site?
We got down to create a extra visible approach to supply real-time suggestions in your area’s standing — and the brand new DNS Propagation Checker was born!
With this instrument, customers can immediately carry out a DNS lookup in opposition to a number of nameservers situated in numerous components of the world. It’s going to provide you with a warning when a web site isn’t pointed to DreamHost’s nameservers, confirm when propagation has accomplished, and allow you to examine and examine the standing of any document kind (MX, CNAME, and many others.) in real-time on a map. No extra questioning whether or not your DNS is nice to go!
There’s A lot Extra To Come!
We are able to’t get sufficient of the brand new Web sites management panel, and we hope you adore it too! From its new feel and appear to the foundational enhancements which are already serving to our keen builders roll out further options faster than ever earlier than, that is only the start!
We have now extra enhancements and options for our new area administration system within the works, together with instruments that will help you master your SEO and drive extra certified site visitors to your web site, a reboot of our fashionable DreamShield Malware Remover service, and a collection of enhancements to our flagship Managed WordPress service DreamPress. Try the brand new Websites control panel now!