Dreamhost sucky

I have a guest here who’s site is down today (doesn’t want to be named). He can’t give a demo because they are hosted on Dreamhost and his site’s been down all day. I’ve been seeing a lot of nasty things on blogs about Dreamhost. Looking at Google’s Blogsearch for “Dreamhost” seems they’ve had some sort of security breach, among other issues. But this isn’t the first time I’ve heard nasty things about Dreamhost. It’s just amazing to me that anyone still uses them. Buyer beware and all that.

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  2. Dreamhost is the worst hoster I have been with and I was hosted by several US and european companies. I left DH during the money back time I had problems from day one to the point where I had more down then uptime

  3. Dreamhost is the worst hoster I have been with and I was hosted by several US and european companies. I left DH during the money back time I had problems from day one to the point where I had more down then uptime

  4. I’ve been using Dreamhost for 2 years, and I haven’t had problems.

    Dreamhost does publish a remarkably transparent blog, but that’s one reason I like them so much.

  5. I’ve been using Dreamhost for 2 years, and I haven’t had problems.

    Dreamhost does publish a remarkably transparent blog, but that’s one reason I like them so much.

  6. Once I left DH for another one. Now I am back. Why? Cos of their style and transparancy. They keep you informed about what is going on there. Even when only 232 people out of 500.000 are affected for 15 minutes, they just let you know. People who use DH for running 20 sites and freak around and having a lot of traffic shouldn’t complain when some of their sites are down once in a while. What’s eight dollars a month anyway? A cup of coffee, a sandwidth.

  7. Once I left DH for another one. Now I am back. Why? Cos of their style and transparancy. They keep you informed about what is going on there. Even when only 232 people out of 500.000 are affected for 15 minutes, they just let you know. People who use DH for running 20 sites and freak around and having a lot of traffic shouldn’t complain when some of their sites are down once in a while. What’s eight dollars a month anyway? A cup of coffee, a sandwidth.

  8. I stumbled across your blog because of your post on AIR (Adobe IPhone Runtime, nice) :) Was surprised to see a post about DreamHost sucking. I’ve been with them for a year now with no problems. But this next month I’m putting up a site for my photography business, what host do you recommend?

  9. I stumbled across your blog because of your post on AIR (Adobe IPhone Runtime, nice) :) Was surprised to see a post about DreamHost sucking. I’ve been with them for a year now with no problems. But this next month I’m putting up a site for my photography business, what host do you recommend?

  10. I’ll have to join the chorus of happy Dreamhost customers. I host about eight sites there and the downtimes have been minimal over the 4+ years I’ve used and recommended them.

    This recent outage was caused by a security breach and it was ugly indeed. But if you host half a million domains (as they apparently do), you attract the attention of the juvenile and criminal elements in our virtual society who think it’s cool to destroy other peoples’ property.

    The perhaps untold story is that in the 2-3 days following this breach, they individually restored a lot of peoples’ sites — including three of mine that were victimized — with solidly maintained backups that meant few if any real hiccups.

    Nobody’s perfect, but these guys really shine. You owe them an apology for your initial post, Robert!

  11. I’ll have to join the chorus of happy Dreamhost customers. I host about eight sites there and the downtimes have been minimal over the 4+ years I’ve used and recommended them.

    This recent outage was caused by a security breach and it was ugly indeed. But if you host half a million domains (as they apparently do), you attract the attention of the juvenile and criminal elements in our virtual society who think it’s cool to destroy other peoples’ property.

    The perhaps untold story is that in the 2-3 days following this breach, they individually restored a lot of peoples’ sites — including three of mine that were victimized — with solidly maintained backups that meant few if any real hiccups.

    Nobody’s perfect, but these guys really shine. You owe them an apology for your initial post, Robert!

  12. I have had a site on DH for several years and a prog to track downtime. I have never had even 1 min. of downtime on the server. On the other hand, my router has to be restarted at least three times a week…
    Ya’ just never know ??????

  13. I have had a site on DH for several years and a prog to track downtime. I have never had even 1 min. of downtime on the server. On the other hand, my router has to be restarted at least three times a week…
    Ya’ just never know ??????

  14. I mooch off a friend http://www.1337hax0r.com who uses Dreamhost, and we tend to have about 3 hours of downtime every couple months. During the Summer it’s attributed to power failures in California during hot days usually. I’ve considered switching, but my blog isn’t a business, so I just suck up the lost hits.

  15. I mooch off a friend http://www.1337hax0r.com who uses Dreamhost, and we tend to have about 3 hours of downtime every couple months. During the Summer it’s attributed to power failures in California during hot days usually. I’ve considered switching, but my blog isn’t a business, so I just suck up the lost hits.

  16. I used to run my sites off of a cheapo hosting plan. I don’t know what I was thinking. I recently switched to a HostMySite. They are reasonably priced and more than willing to help you with the more complicated aspects of server management. They offer a nice series of options starting with shared accounts and moving up to VPS, servers and multi-server systems depending on your needs.

  17. I used to run my sites off of a cheapo hosting plan. I don’t know what I was thinking. I recently switched to a HostMySite. They are reasonably priced and more than willing to help you with the more complicated aspects of server management. They offer a nice series of options starting with shared accounts and moving up to VPS, servers and multi-server systems depending on your needs.

  18. “It’s your friends fault for not having a backup plan. If it was an important presentation and he was pinning it all on a $10 hosting company”

    I agree fully with Jon Symons.

    If you are going to tote an enterprise system worthy of A-list blogger time, act like it.

  19. “It’s your friends fault for not having a backup plan. If it was an important presentation and he was pinning it all on a $10 hosting company”

    I agree fully with Jon Symons.

    If you are going to tote an enterprise system worthy of A-list blogger time, act like it.

  20. i like your blog mr scoble – thats why i come here : ) i think the response here shows though that a lot of folks appreciate the cost + features combo that dreamhost offers.

    you should have slapped your buddy instead for not setting things up a little more thoughtfully.

  21. i like your blog mr scoble – thats why i come here : ) i think the response here shows though that a lot of folks appreciate the cost + features combo that dreamhost offers.

    you should have slapped your buddy instead for not setting things up a little more thoughtfully.

  22. As others said before, if you run a huge hosting business, you are likely to read more about them when they fail – and never really when they are good.

    Dreamhost for me is a dream – great support, very fast even on the weekend, ssh, cronjobs and reliable fast webserving. I may have seen 2-3 outage over the last 2-3 years. How many providers really do use a dedicated other server to inform you about what they are doing?

    Additionally their one click installs are gorgeus.

    And yes, if I have something like that running to present, I make sure to have more than one option up because murphy is always around.

    As said, I am a very satisfied customer for what they are costing and delivering.

  23. As others said before, if you run a huge hosting business, you are likely to read more about them when they fail – and never really when they are good.

    Dreamhost for me is a dream – great support, very fast even on the weekend, ssh, cronjobs and reliable fast webserving. I may have seen 2-3 outage over the last 2-3 years. How many providers really do use a dedicated other server to inform you about what they are doing?

    Additionally their one click installs are gorgeus.

    And yes, if I have something like that running to present, I make sure to have more than one option up because murphy is always around.

    As said, I am a very satisfied customer for what they are costing and delivering.

  24. It’s your friends fault for not having a backup plan. If it was an important presentation and he was pinning it all on a $10 hosting company…well it’s irresponsible to pin that on Dreamhost. I worked in an enterprise government environment that spent millions a year to keep webservers running and guess what, we still had outages. It happens, live in reality, have a plan B.

  25. It’s your friends fault for not having a backup plan. If it was an important presentation and he was pinning it all on a $10 hosting company…well it’s irresponsible to pin that on Dreamhost. I worked in an enterprise government environment that spent millions a year to keep webservers running and guess what, we still had outages. It happens, live in reality, have a plan B.

  26. Dreamhost are cheap. For the money, they are great. In fact, for the money, they are wonderful.

    Want a genuinely reliable service?

    Go somewhere else, and pay more.

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