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How to Upload a File to Dreamhost that is Too Big

This is a tutorial on How to upload a file to Dreamhost that is too big.  I had this problem because I wanted to install Joomla 3.0.2 manually.  It is not available in the One Click Installs for Joomla.  Currently they only have up to Joomla 2.5.7.  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!

Dreamhost Error - File is too big!
Dreamhost Error – 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 Joomla 3.0.2 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:

  1. Get the domain name uploading to
  2. Check Dreamhost username
  3. Change Dreamhost Username to a Shell Account
  4. Put the Joomla 3.0.2 ZIP file on the Desktop
  5. 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:

Dreamhost - Manage Account Edit Webhosting
Dreamhost – Manage Account Edit Webhosting
  • 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:
Joomla 3.0.2 - Dreamhost manage account find user name
Joomla 3.0.2 – Dreamhost manage account find user name
  •  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.

Dreamhost Manage User Edit User
Dreamhost Manage User Edit User
  • Click on ‘Manage Users
  • Beside the domain name in the ‘Actions’ column, click on Edit
  • You will then see the screenshot below:
Dreamhost Edit User Allow SSH and SFTP
Dreamhost Edit User Allow SSH and SFTP
  •  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:

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
  • Note:
    • 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:
ftp <username>@<domain name>
Then enter your <password>
So it will look something like this:
ftp cmsmla@cmsmindwhatever.com

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\Elaine\desktop

Dreamhost - Upload file manually - Successfully uploaded in FTP
Dreamhost – Upload file manually – Successfully uploaded in FTP
  • 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
  • ftp>quit

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.

Thanks,

Elaine

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