[lug] speaking of wordpress : hosting recs

David Frye dafr at dafr.us
Tue Sep 3 18:34:44 MDT 2013


I've also been with Dreamhost since 2007 and in the first 3-4 years it 
was really stable and that was great when I was living and traveling 
abroad. The past 2 years it's been rocky with a series of outages and 
hardware migrations, network outages, and losing my crontab at random 
times. Definitely review the Dreamhost Status page (below) to get a feel 
of what has been happening before you make a final decision.

That said, the prices are cheap and if your needs can suffer a bit of 
outage here and there, they can provide what you need. Additionally, 
they host a "one click" feature that installs the Wordpress client and 
then you can have them keep it updated automatically. This is handy if 
you don't want to have to watch for emails to log in and manually 
upgrade, but it may limit file access because their headless account 
owns the directory structure.

I've considered moving away from them a few times, but so far, it hasn't 
been bad enough to finally push me to the pain of migrating to another 
provider. (It *has* been close a few times, however.)


On 09/03/2013 05:05 PM, Simos wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been hosting with Dreamhost for years (though nothing serious) and, for the
> price, I'd recommend them. Pretty much everything is "unlimited" unless you start
> using huge amounts of disk, bandwidth, etc. Their custom panel is pretty good
> and they are indeed mostly friendly (and sort of folksy...) when I've had to deal
> with them. However, don't expect any industrial level hosting - they often have
> problems (see http://www.dreamhoststatus.com/) that they eventually resolve
> but it may take them a bit (or a while). I guess it's a classic case of you get
> what you pay for, but you won't get cheated for the money you'll be paying.
> Regards,
> Simos
>> 1 - I don't know about their outbound stuff beyond what's listed there.
>> When I worked with a site that was hosted with them ~7 years ago that blew
>> up bandwidth-wise they dropped us an email that basically said, "woah man,
>> what's going on with your site? If this is going to be normal we need to
>> talk." It was all very cordial, and the site owner came to a reasonable
>> agreement with them. Not sure what the current state of affairs would be.
>> 2 - I stopped hosting my sites w/ Dreamhost a couple years ago when I
>> lucked into a friends & family rate at a colo (1U, no power reqs, and
>> "don't be a jerk" bandwidth limits for $40 a month? yes please.) and setup
>> my own box. I only host DNS with them now. That said, at the time I used
>> them last, if you go with their basic hosting all the typical admin tasks
>> you mention can be done via their control panel. It was all pretty slick. I
>> had no downtime problems with them at all, and would still be using them if
>> hadn't gotten my colo deal setup. More info on them:
>> http://www.dreamhost.com/partners/wordpress/

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