DreamHost Knowledge Base

January 21st, 2006

Just a quick note to let you know that the DreamHost Knowledge Base has been integrated to the DreamHost Wiki.

Currently links to articles in the old Knowledge Base are directed to the frontpage with a link to the Wiki, but hopefully DreamHost will map the old URLs to the Wiki sooner or later.

The Unofficial DreamHost Podcast

January 19th, 2006

Kris Black has started a podcast (an internet audio broadcast) about his favorite web hosting provider DreamHost. He has tried several web hosting providers in the past, but is now hosted with DreamHost for the second time and now wants to share both his good and not so good experiences with them.

The very first podcast is an introduction to the show, where he tells about his plans for the podcast. In future shows he is going to talk about ways to get things accomplished with your web site, like how to administer certain areas of the control panel, how to do one-click installs, how to add e-mail accounts, etc.

He is also going to feature web sites hosted by DreamHost and try to get interviews with some of the site creators about their experiences with hosting providers.

Best of luck with The Unofficial DreamHost Podcast, Kris…

Jabber and Google Talk

January 17th, 2006

Gary Burd, software engineer at Google writes in the Google Talk Blog: “I flipped the switch to connect the Google Talk Service to the public XMPP network this morning. Google Talk users can now chat with users on other XMPP services and vice versa”.

On the official Google Blog this is described as Open Federation. While many Instant Messenger and VoIP services only allow you to talk to people on the particular service you have an account on (MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, etc.), open federation lets you choose your service provider and lets you talk to people on any other federated service.

This implies that DreamHost’s Jabber users now can communicate with Google Talk users (and vice versa).

DreamHost has been offering Jabber-based instant messaging to all web hosting plans since 2002 and is an official sponsor of Jabber Software Foundation.

Number of E-mail Accounts Increased

January 11th, 2006

The number of e-mail accounts on each plan has been increased 4-5-fold according to the Plan Comparison. The Crazy Domain Insane plan has gone from 600 to 3000 e-mail accounts, the Sweet Dreams plan from 1400 to 6000 e-mail accounts, the Code Monster plan from 3000 to 12,000 e-mail accounts and the Strictly Business plan from 6200 to 24,000 e-mail accounts.

Plan Comparison

The upgrade affects both new and current customers.

Ruby on Rails 1.0

January 10th, 2006

Ruby on Rails DreamHost has finally upgraded Ruby on Rails from Rails 0.14.3 (Release Candidate 4) to Rails 1.0.

The upgrade includes the new gems daemons (toolkit to create and control daemons), facets (extension methods and module/class additions), gd2 (interface to gd 2 library), gen (simple code generation system), glue (utility methods and classes for nitro), ruby-breakpoint (breakpoints) and uuidtools (generation of UUIDs).

DreamHost New Year offer

January 4th, 2006

I’ve just received this from DreamHost:

DreamHost Mega Sale Promo

Hey Happy DreamHost Customers!

Now is the time when we announce in a more coherent manner all the features mentioned in our newsletter. Judging by the newsletter this month, it seems these announcements are more vital than ever.

First off, we’ve just QUADRUPLED disk space on all our shared hosting plans! The disk space growth rate on all shared plans has also QUADRUPLED!

This is retroactive for all current customers as well, and don’t worry, you don’t have to do anything, it’s all already happened!

Note that this doesn’t automatically up any user quotas you may have set through the web panel.. it just ups your overall account limits.

We’ve also OCTUPLED (eight times) bandwidth on all plans (including dedicated servers)! The bandwidth growth rate has also octupled, and don’t worry, you don’t have to do anything to get the new values for this

That’s really a LOT of disk and bandwidth.

Happy New Year Happy DreamHost Customers!
The Happy DreamHost Too-Much Team!

Check out their hosting plans. You now get 20 GB of disk storage and 1 TB of bandwidth on the Crazy Domain Insane plan.

DreamHost Plan Comparison

And by the way: Custom DNS for everyone as previewed

PHP Year in Review

January 3rd, 2006

After our own DreamHost Year in Review, I would like to point those of you interested in PHP to two interesting roundups of the year just ended: Derick Rethans (PHP Developer) has written PHP Look Back 2005 and Enygma from phpdeveloper.org has written A (Lengthy) Look Back at PHP in 2005.

DreamHost 2005 – Year in Review

December 31st, 2005

We are close to New Year, so it’s time to think about the year gone by and to take a look forward at 2006.

Hosting Plans
All the shared hosting plans has increased significantly over the year. The disk storage has gone from being measured in hundreds of megabytes to be measured in thousands of megabytes thanks to first the Triple Sale and later the Double Sale and the infinitely growing quotas. A Crazy Domain Insane package which one year ago included 800 MB disk storage is now allowed 5620 MB (including weekly additions). Likewise the bandwidth quotas have grown at nearly the same rate.

Another great addition this year has been the unlimited domains and subdomains policy change. One year ago all plans were limited to either 3, 7, 15 or 31 domains (which still was a lot better than most other web hosts), but now you can host as many domains as you like with no additional costs. Which other web hosting company gives you this possibility. I believe this is truly unique…

Server Software
In the end of May DreamHost finally started to official support PHP 5 and MySQL 4.1. One month later they added the Zend optimizer for faster PHP execution and started to official support Ruby on Rails and FastCGI as one of the first bigger web hosts.

One-Click Installs
The number of One-Click Installs has also increased significantly over the year. Late last year DreamHost introduced WordPress as a One-Click Install. This year they’ve added phpBB 2, OSCommerce, MediaWiki Wiki, Joomla (Mambo) CMS, Gallery 2.0, WebCalendar and WordPress 2.0.

This year DreamHost launched the DreamHost Community Wiki, which is now featuring more than 150 articles, and launched the official DreamHost Blog.

In March DreamHost crossed the 100.000 hosted domains mark and are now at more than 188.000 domains. Many of all these customers are active in the discussion forum. The DreamHost Discussion Forum has received more than 20.000 posts in more than 4.000 threads in 2005.

Finally the blog post “Let’s Save Our Environment” became an “internet sensation”, and developed into a funny remix competition with web hosting for life as the grand prize.

Down Time
Two major incidents happened in 2005. The Power Outage in entire Los Angeles in September and a massive DDoS attack in December. Major crisis like this is impossible to avoid, but when it does happen, it’s nice to have a web host that is quite informative about what’s going on.

Wishes for 2006?
This was the round up of DreamHost related events in 2005. What’s going to happen in 2006 is still an open question. What are your wishes for 2006? Post a comment with your predictions for DreamHost, your wishes to services DreamHost should start to offer, or how you would like to see the company evolve in 2006.

Happy New Year

Custom DNS for everyone

December 27th, 2005

DreamHost has merged the Custom DNS settings into the Manage Domains area. There is now a small [DNS] link next to each domain/subdomain which takes you to a page where you can add a DNS record (both A, CNAME, MX, TXT, PTR and SRV records) for the selected domain.

Add a DNS record

Full control over the entire DNS settings used to be a feature only available for customers at the more advanced plans, but does currently seem to be available for all customers. This change hasn’t been announced yet, so it could be a mistake that it’s available for everyone, but my guess is, they will announce it as an upgrade in the next newsletter in the beginning of January.

5 resources at yourdomain.com

December 22nd, 2005

When you add a domain to DreamHost up to 5 resources will be available at yourdomain.com.

A webmail client is automatically set up on all domains at http://webmail.yourdomain.com. Dreamhost currently uses the PHP-based Webmail software package SquirrelMail.

Mailbox Manager
The Mailbox Manager at http://mailboxes.yourdomain.com gives your users the ability to check their disk usage, set up keyword filters and auto-responders, etc. without giving them access to the full control panel. Each user can just change the settings for their own email account.

Website Statistics
Every domain hosted at DreamHost will have the open-source website statistics software package Analog available at http://www.yourdomain.com/stats/. Analog is one of the most widely-used logfile analyser in the World.

CPU Usage Monitor
You can track how many resources your website is taking up at http://www.yourdomain.com/stats/resources/. All customers are only allowed a certain number of CPU minutes per day, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your CPU usages.

MySQL Database Manager
phpMyAdmin is installed by default for all MySQL databases. So if you have set up a database at the hostname mysql.yourdomain.com you will have the phpMyAdmin web-based interface available at http://mysql.yourdomain.com. Since you choose the MySQL hostname yourself, the URL of phpMyAdmin can change from user to user, but the most common choice seems to be http://mysql.yourdomain.com.