This is a tutorial on How to upload a file to Dreamhost that is too big. I had this problem because I wanted to install3.0.2 manually. It is not available in the One Click Installs for . Currently they only have up to .7. See my screenshot below when I tried to use the webftp from the Dreamhost control panel. I also tried with Filezilla and CuteFTP FTP programs and they all result in the same error below. I get an error that says:
The file is too big!
There is a way to change the php settings over here but I didn’t attempt to try it because it came with a big red warning that says:
Warning: This script has not been tested by the Dreamhost team and may post a possible risk, please keep this in mind before you run this script.
I did upload my.2 ZIP file manually. It does take some FTP and UNIX shell knowledge. If you make any mistakes it might be costly. A few disclaimers that I’m not responsible for any loss of files or access if you follow these steps. I will just step you through how I uploaded the file. Use my example to upload it to your own web hosting provider.
Overview of Steps:
- Get the domain name uploading to
- Check Dreamhost username
- Change Dreamhost Username to a Shell Account
- Put the .2 ZIP file on the Desktop
- Go to Command line and FTP to Domain name in Step 1
1. Get the domain name uploading to
This is the website that you want to upload Joomla 3.0.2 to and install. So this will be your own domain that you purchased either from Dreamhost or Godaddy but now hosting on Dreamhost. In my case my domain name is cmsmind<with blacked out characters>.com – i.e. cmsmind.com.
- Keep that in mind, your domain name
2. Check Dreamhost username
Do you know your Dreamhost username for this domain that is hosted at Dreamhost? You probably don’t remember or maybe you do. But below are steps to find out what it is:
- Login to your Dreamhost web panel
- Click on ‘Manage Account’
- Beside your website name in the ‘Web Hosting’ column, click on Edit
- You will see the screenshot below:
- Your username is listed under the heading: Users, Files, and Paths
- Run this domain under the user: in the drop down is the username.
- Note: if you need to create a new username you can click on the drop down to create a new one.
- When you are done, click on ‘Return to domain listing’
3. Change Dreamhost Username to a Shell Account
By default users created have only SFTP account – allows SFTP (SSH ftp)/FTP file transfer access. But I will need SSH access as well. So I will modify my users access.
- Click on ‘Manage Users‘
- Beside the domain name in the ‘Actions’ column, click on Edit
- You will then see the screenshot below:
- Click the radio button for Shell Account.
- if you forgot the password you can reset the password down below. I’ve pointed them with arrows.
- Click on ‘Save Changes’
4. Put the Joomla 3.0.2 ZIP file on the Desktop
Put the ZIP file in a location where you can easily type it in. For my example: my ZIP file is located in:
- c:\users\ \Desktop
5. FTP into your Domain
So now that I have the username, password and domain name. I am going to ftp into the domain:
- Go to your computer’s command prompt. If you are running windows go to Run and type CMD
- If you are using a MAC, open a Terminal session
- Replace <domain name> with your domain name from step 1
- Replace <username> with your username from step 2
- Replace <password> with your password from step 2
- From the Command line Type:
6. Put the File in a New Directory on the Webhosting
So now we are going to upload the file into Dreamhost into a new directory say j302. I will install Joomla from there. If you do not want to there you can move the file to the root of your web domain. My Joomla ZIP file is located on my c:\users\\desktop
- ftp> lcd c:\users\elaine\desktop
- ftp> cd <domain name (from step 1)>
- ftp> mkdir j302
- ftp> cd j302
- ftp> put Joomla_3.0.2-Stable-Full_Package.zip
So now you have successfully uploaded the Joomla 3.0.2 ZIP file to your Dreamhost web hosting provider. This concludes this tutorial on how to by pass the Dreamhost error – ‘File is too big’ , but if you have any further questions please let me know.