WordPress 2.1 is out – and ready as an one-click upgrade…

January 25th, 2007

 

wordpress-21WordPress 2.1 was released just 3 days ago and is already available in the DreamHost Control Panel as either an one-click install or an one-click upgrade.

The new version includes a ton of new features like:

  • Tabbed Editor
    Allows you to switch between WYSIWYG and code editing seamlessly.
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  • Autosave
    Your drafts will be autosaved in the background while you’re writing from the moment you write the title of your post.
  • Search Engine Privacy Option
    In case you don’t want you blog to be indexed by search engines like Google.
  • WordPress Migration Functionality
    Lossless XML import and export makes it easy for you to move your content between WordPress blogs.
  • Content Management System Functionality
    Set any “page” to be the front page and put the latest posts somewhere else.
  • More Efficient Database Code
    An expert from MySQL has optimized every query for maximum performance.
  • Upload Manager
    Easier upload of pictures, video and audio.
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  • Akismet
    New version of the comment spam filtering service is bundled with WordPress.

More info about the new features in the WordPress Development Blog and 10 Things You should Know About WordPress 2.1.

Some plugins might not work in the new version, so you might wish to check for upgrades before you press [Upgrade to 2.1].

DreamHost Newsletter – January 2007

January 6th, 2007

Happy New Year and happy new newsletter:

  1. New Year’s Resolution
    DreamHost to Decrease Storage Capacity and Bandwidth Allowance?
    Basically this story is just (successful) digg-bait (IMHO)…
  2. New SVN, Ruby and ImageMagick
    SVN has been upgraded to version 1.3.2
    Imagemagick to version 6.2.4 and
    Ruby to version 1.8.5
  3. New Domain Transfer Locking
    You can now “lock” your domains as an extra safeguard against scumbags trying to hijack your domains. I strongly encourage you to lock all your domains as their is really no downside to this.
  4. New Suggestions
    Just a reminder to use DreamHost’s suggestion panel if you have any ideas for how DreamHost can improve. Actually most new implemented features are from customer suggestions, which other customers have shown interest in by voting.
  5. New Charities
    New charities are it’s OpenCourceWare and Save Darfur.
  6. DHSOTM
    DreamHost Site of the Month: Expansion Broadcast Radio

DreamHost 2006 – Year in Review

January 4th, 2007

I’ve just re-read my DreamHost 2005 – Year in Review-post from last year and decided to repeat the exercise.

Hosting Plans
DreamHost started the new year by quadrupling the disk space and octupling the bandwidth on all shared hosting plans. A Crazy Domain Insane plan went from 4800 MB disk storage to 20 GB storage and from 120 GB monthly bandwidth to 1 TB bandwidth.

In October they decided to increase everybody’s storage limits again with up to 10 times the disk storage and at least double the bandwidth. A CDI-plan now has 200 GB disk storage and 2 TB bandwidth.

In order for the users to use these new allowances the dreaded CPU minute restriction was lifted, and only customers interrupting service for other customers would now be contacted.

One-Click Installs
DreamHost introduced One-Click upgrades and a few new One-Click Installs like Zen Cart and ActiveCollab.

New Features
2006 brought a number of great features; whereof some of them had been on the suggestion list for ages.

For newcomers this might not seem like a big thing, but for old time dreamhosters, at least some of these additions have made life a lot easier.

New Web Applications
DreamHost tried to tell the world that they were very Web 2.0 by introducing several web applications. The old email announcement system was replaces by the DreamHost Status Blog and Media Tools and Files Forever (an advanced online marketplace for DRM-free files) was launched in public betas.

Community
In 2006 DreamHost could both celebrate 200,000, 300,000 and 400,000 hosted domains and has thereby doubled in size in less than a year.

The discussion forum had close to 30,000 posts (29,533 to be exact) in 5922 threads by 4508 individual users. That’s an approximately 50% increase on all fronts compared to 2005 (20,430 posts, 4360 threads, 2973 users).

Down Time
I won’t go into details here, but just point to Anatomy of a(n ongoing) Disaster and Anatomy of a Disaster, Part 2. Even if this summer was a dark chapter in DreamHost’s history, DreamHost’s honesty and transparency also impressed the blogger community.

Future
I think we’ll see DreamHost develop even more web applications in 2007. I’ve heard rumors that DreamHost is working on upgrading Keywords to version 2.0 (aka a web 2.0 version of the software). I also expect to see more to Files Forever. I believe DreamHost will try to create a community around the service, and maybe combined with the Media Tools it can evolve into a full featured media store.

What are your predictions for DreamHost in 2007? Which services to you hope they will start to offer or how to you expect the company to evolve in 2007?

DreamHost to Decrease Storage Capacity and Bandwidth Allowance?

January 3rd, 2007

The plan comparison page has just been updated with “On January 4th starting Disk drops to 199.5 GB” and “On January 4th starting BW drops to 1.995 TB” for the Crazy Domain Insane plan etc.

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Anybody knows what DreamHost is up to?

Guess we’ll see in the next newsletter due any time now…

Updated:

As Wendel and Daniel point out in the comments, the DreamHost Blog has just been updated with an explanation

Guess the Date and Win an iPod Shuffle

December 30th, 2006

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To celebrate DreamHost just passed 400,000 hosted domains I’m going to throw a small contest here at the Unofficial DreamHost Blog.

First prize will be a slick iPod Shuffle – the world’s smallest digital music player, which let’s you wear up to 240 songs on your sleeve.

 

Guess when DreamHost will pass 500,000 hosted domains

Every Monday WebHosting.Info releases their weekly stats with the total domains hosted by each web hosting company. DreamHost just passed 400,000 hosted domains and I expect that they will pass 500,000 domains in 2007. Your job is to guess which date this will happen.

Since WebHosting.Info only posts weekly data I will equally split out the weekly increase over the past week in order to calculate the winning date. As an example the winning guess for 400,000 domains would be 21 December 2006.

In order to participate you should post your guess in the comments within the next two weeks. Make sure you use a valid email address in order for me to contact you if you’re the lucky winner.

Rules:

  • 1 entry per person (remember to use a valid email address)
  • Make your entries in the format of January 1, 2007 to avoid any misunderstandings.
  • The cutoff for posting entries will be at 11:59 pm January 14, 2007.
  • In the event of a tie (multiple guesses on the same date or same distance to the correct date for multiple entries) I’ll randomly draw a winner between the closest guesses.
  • In the event of no winner (the contest has to stop for some reason like WebHosting.Info cease to release their stats) or in case DreamHost doesn’t pass 500,000 domains by December 31, 2007 I’ll randomly draw a winner between all the participants.

Prize:

  • An Apple 1 GB iPod Shuffle (worth $79)

Best of luck to all of you!

Ruby upgraded to 1.8.5

December 29th, 2006

Ruby has been upgraded from version 1.8.2 to 1.8.5. A summary of changes can be found at eigenclass.org.

Updated:

According to DreamHost Imagemagick is currently being upgraded to version 6.2.4 and Subversion is being upgraded to version 1.3.2.

While Ruby has been upgraded on some servers, they are deploying the new version on a slow rate, since the new version might break the breakpoint feature in Rails. Take a look a t the call_stack gem for a workaround.

The Big 4-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!

December 25th, 2006

This week’s stats from WebHosting.Info shows that DreamHost have reached another milestone. They are now hosting more than 400.000 domains.

Last January they passed 200,000 domains, in July they reached 300,000 domains and the last 6 months they have continued their growth with tremendous pace. This means that they now have doubled in size in less than one year.

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This also means that DreamHost are now finally in the top 20 of the biggest hosts in the world – currently as number 19!

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Congratulations once again DreamHost and a Merry Christmas to all of you!

Updated:

We’ve just started a contest where you can win an iPod Shuffle by guessing when DreamHost will pass 500,000 domains.

DreamHost Newsletter – December 2006

December 6th, 2006

DreamHost’s December newsletter covering events in November:

  1. Media.dreamhost.com
    Publish your own videos on your own server in your own flash player. More info in DreamHost Media Tools Beta.
  2. Google Checkout
    Google Checkout added as a payment option.
  3. Adsense on DreamBook
    DreamHost’s free guest book service now uses Google Adsense text ads instead of graphical banner ads.
  4. Free Hosting for Non-Profits, Forever
    DreamHost are offering a completely free Strictly Business plan to all US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organisations. Details about the Non-profit Discount in the wiki.
  5. DHSOTM
    DreamHost Site of the Month: the darfur wall

DreamHost Media Tools Beta

December 3rd, 2006

Just discovered the next cool thing DreamHost will bring us. It hasn’t been announced yet, but I guess it will be part of the next newsletter due out any moment.

DreamHost has licensed Jeroen Wijerings Flash Media Player – a tool that enables DreamHost customers to embed streamed audio and video into any of their web pages.

The Flash Media Player supports playback of any media file the Adobe Flash Player can handle: Images (JPG, PNG, GIF), Music (MP3) and Flash (FLV, SWF). DreamHost will also provide support for converting videos in AVI, MOV and MPG into FLV via the support panel.

Examples of how to use the new DreamHost Media Tools at http://media.dreamhost.com

Updated:

The wiki has been updated with Flash Media Player and Flash Image Rotator and a new media section is available in the control panel.

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The Unofficial DreamHost Blog 1 Year

November 17th, 2006

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I’ve been away on holidays for the last month and didn’t have the chances to update this blog that I expected. Anyway, now I’m back just in time to celebrate the Unofficial DreamHost Blog’s first birthday today.

In 365 days I’ve written 75 posts, you’ve written 324 comments, while the spammers has had 5374 comments blocked by Akismet.

Most read posts:

Most commented posts:

Most work:

If you’re new to the Unofficial DreamHost Blog or just haven’t read the above mentioned posts you might find some interesting stuff there that you’ve missed out on.

P.S: I’m going to update the blog with info from the last month. What did I miss besides the storage and bandwidth upgrades?