Compare DreamHost’s Plans and Features

December 13th, 2005

Since DreamHost has increased all accounts’ disk storage and monthly bandwidth more than 6 fold within the last year (tripled in Januar 2005, doubled in September 2005 and weekly increases since July 2005) and given all accounts unlimited domains and subdomains the differences between the different account types has decreased.

Most users won’t get close to Crazy Domain Insane’s 4800 MB disk storage, and even fewer will use the 600 e-mail accounts or 75 shell/FTP accounts the plan includes. So why would you want a more expensive plan, if you got storage and bandwidth enough? The more advanced plans includes some unique features, which are not included on the lower levels.

The Plan Comparison includes all the details, but can be a bit overwhelming, so I’ve summarised the differences here.

Level 2: Sweet Dreams
All level 1 features plus:

Level 3: Code Monster
All level 2 features plus:

Level 4: Strictly Business
All level 3 features plus:

For even more features and customisation DreamHost also offers dedicated hosting.

DreamHost under attack

December 12th, 2005

DreamHost was this afternoon hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) according to the official DreamHost Blog and the DreamHost Emergency Status.

A DDoS attack is most often a “bandwidth consumption” attack where the combined Internet connection bandwidth of many machines is “focused”, or directed, upon one or a few machines. Although the attack’s individual Internet packets may be completely harmless, a flood of such packets can overwhelm the target machine’s Internet connection or other packet-processing resources. The result is that valid traffic, unable to compete with the malicious flood, has little chance of obtaining useful service.

The attack seems to have been neutralized now, but I guess their will still be a lot of clean up to do for the next few hours. More info at the status page.

RoundCube and TurboDbAdmin

December 8th, 2005

Two new PHP/Ajax applications, RoundCube and TurboDbAdmin, has got a lot of publicity lately.

RoundCube Webmail is a browser-based email client with a very nice interface and functionality a bit like GMail, but available to install on your own server. TurboDbAdmin is an online database administration tool like phpMyAdmin (which is currently being used at DreamHost’s servers), but with a simpler and more dynamic interface. Both applications are in their early beta-stages, and are still laking some features, but you can get a good grasp of what you can expect to see within the next few months.

If you already now would like to tryout RoundCube, hookturns has written a short tutorial about Setting up RoundCube on DreamHost.

More DreamHost Statistics

November 20th, 2005

Continuing yesterdays post about DreamHost doubling the number of domains they are hosting in one year, I’ve dug up some older data.

April 1997: DreamHost foundation
November 1998: First 1000 customers
February 2000: More than 10,000 websites
October 2001: 30,000 domains hosted
May 2002: 40,000 domains hosted
October 2004: 80,000 domains hosted
March 2005: 100,000 domains hosted
September 2005: 150,000 domains hosted
November 2005: 175,000 domains hosted

Domains Hosted at DreamHost

Domains Hosted at DreamHost

It’s interessting to see that while it took 2½ years to go from 40,000 to 80,000 domains, it only took 1 year to go from 80,000 to 160,000 hosted domains.

Double DreamHost

November 19th, 2005

According to WebHosting.Info DreamHost has doubled the amount of domains they are hosting in one year. In November 2004 DreamHost was hosting 81,993 domains, and by November 2005 they have reached 166,892 domains. With this pace they will reach 200,000 domains just after New Year.

Still a dreamling though compared to Wild West Domains, Network Solutions and eNom, which are respectively hosting 5.4 mio., 1.9 mio. and 1.8 mio. domains. DreamHost are currently placed in the bottom of the Top 50 Web Hosts Wordwide.

Busy Google Week

November 19th, 2005

Busy week at Google. They’ve launched three new services in three days, which are all very interesting for webmasters.

Google Analytics is an advanced statistics service, which lets Web site owners see exactly where visitors to their site are coming from, what links on the site are getting the most traffic, what pages visitors are viewing, how long people stay on the site, which products on merchant sites are being sold and where people give up in multistep checkout processes. This service was originally developed by San Diego-based Urchin, which Google acquired in March, and was previously sold for $495/month, but are now freely available. More info in the Official Google Blog.

Google Base is a place where you can add all types of information that Google will host and make searchable online. You can describe any item you post with attributes, which will help people find it when they search Google Base. In fact, based on the relevance of your items, they may also be included in the main Google search index and other Google products like Froogle, Google Base and Google Local.

Google Sitemap gives you more info about how the GoogleBot sees your site. See which pages has been crawled by GoogleBot, which returned errors, how the PageRank is distributed on all your pages. Furthermore you can see which Google queries return links to your site, and what Google has detected about the content and encoding of your pages. More info in the Official Google Blog and the Inside Google Sitemaps Blog.

Unofficial DreamHost Blog

November 16th, 2005

This is The Unofficial DreamHost Blog. I’ve started this blog to collect some of the info, tips and tricks I’ve learned about DreamHost by hosting with them since October 2004.

My knowledge about DreamHost is primarily accumulated from the Knowledge Base, Discussion Forum and Community Wiki, but also from other blogs and news sources.

Please notice that DreamHost has their own official weblog. The Unofficial DreamHost Blog is not affiliated with or endorsed by DreamHost.