PHP 4 and MySQL 5 upgraded

November 8th, 2006

Two minor updates of PHP 4 and MySQL 5. Both updates are security updates, which shouldn’t affect any of you.

MySQL 5 has been upgraded from 5.0.18 to 5.0.24a.
Read changelog

PHP 4 has been upgraded from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4.
Read changelog

You can keep track of the current versions of PHP, MySQL and Ruby on Rails at http://php.dreamhosters.com and http://rails.dreamhosters.com.

DreamHost Newsletter – November 2006

November 1st, 2006

Another month, another newsletter:

  1. New Data Center!
    DreamHost are in the process of moving some of their dedicated servers to a new hosting facility in the Alchemy’s LAX Data Center. DreamHost are already using Alchemy’s Downtown Data Center which is in the same building (The Garland Building) as the rest of DreamHost servers. The goal is to get more space for more shared servers and eventually start to offer dedicated servers again.
  2. New No/Less Email Blocks!
    All auto-responders has been moved to their own email server in an effort to avoid DreamHost’s mail servers being black listed in Spamcop, Comcast, AOL’s spam filters.
  3. New Dallas and Josh Talk at ISPCON!
    Dallas and Josh are panelists in the ISPCON session “What the Web 2.0?“.
  4. New Get BONO!
    DreamHost continue their fight against DRM…
  5. New Widget!
    Yahoo! widget with news from the Status Blog and the official DreamHost blog.
  6. New DHSOTM!
    DreamHost Site of the Month: FWDitON – The Funny Email Repository.

DreamHost Newsletter – October 2006

October 4th, 2006

One of the longest newsletters ever and it’s packed with great birthday news:

  1. It’s our birthday? Double the bandwidth, tenify the disk!
    The super secret stuff from last month’s newsletter: Every hosting account has been upgraded with up to 10 times the disk storage and at least double the bandwidth. The cheapest package, Crazy Domain Insane now included 200 GB of disk storage and 2 TB of monthly bandwidth.
  2. Shared + Dedicated? Shedicated!
    The “Strictly Business – Enhanced” offered to select customers about a month ago is now available for everybody.
  3. Down with DRM? Up with Files! Forever!
    Files Forever is a new service from DreamHost. I’ll cover it in a separate blog post.
  4. RSS Feeds? The Discussion Board!
    The discussion boards now has their own RSS feeds. Basically the same feature we’ve been offering since April.
  5. Who needs catch-alls? Not+you@dreamhost.com!
    Straight from the wish list: Plus-addressing. This feature lets you add a tag to your email address. If your address is josh@example.com you can give out both josh+dreamhost@example.com, josh+whois@example.com and josh+evilspammer@example.com. All addresses are essential the same address josh@example.com, but the extra tags dreamhost, whois and evilspammer can be used to filter the emails and eventually block one of the addresses if you start to receive spam.
  6. Transferring a .com? .net? You need an auth code!
    From now on you’ll need to get an auth code from your registrar in order to transfer a .com or .net domain registration. You’ll find your existing auth codes for domains registered through DreamHost in the Domain Transfer panel.
  7. Old Charities? New Charities!
    New charities are anti DRM organization Defective By Design and Santa’s Helpers an organization helping underprivileged children and their families experience Christmas. DreamHost are matching all donations 1:1.
  8. Network problems? Fixed!
    The network problems DreamHost experienced during the month of July and August are finally solved.
  9. DHSOTM? DHSOTM!
    DreamHost Site of the Month: Santa’s Helpers.

DreamHost Birthday Promo – Promo Code 9999

October 3rd, 2006

DreamHost are celebrating their 9th birthday with a special one-day-only sale. Sign up for one or two years today and get $99.99 off your bill.

Have we got a treat for you! Save $99.99!

To celebrate nine years in the hosting biz, we’re having an absolutely CRAZY one-day-only sale! TODAY! This offer is good for accounts that sign up on October 3rd, 2006 before 11:59 PM PDT only! Don’t miss the boat!

Sign up for any of our hosting plans TODAY using either the one or two-year prepay option and use the promo code “9999″. You’ll get an INSTANT discount of $99.99 off your bill!

But that’s not all!
We’ve also upped our plan limits like crazy! All our plans now have at least DOUBLE the amount of bandwidth and up to TEN TIMES the amount of disk space they had yesterday! You’ll get to keep that extra disk space and bandwidth for as long as you keep your account active!

The Fine Print:

  • This offer is for new customers only – those who do not have an active account with DreamHost.
  • If you sign up and forget to use the “9999″ promotional code, you WILL NOT receive the sale pricing. No amount of complaining will change this!
  • Domains and accounts may not be transferred from an existing DreamHost Web Hosting account to a “9999″ hosting plan.
  • We reserve the right to deny this sale pricing to anyone at our discretion.
  • This offer only applicable to one and two-year prepaid accounts. Monthly accounts are not eligible.
  • This sale will remain in effect until 11:59 PM PDT, October 3rd, 2006.
  • At the end of 12 or 24 months (depending on your pre-pay length), your account will be automatically renewed at the current (non-discounted) rate. If you do not wish to incur extra charges, be sure to specify an end-date on your account control panel before your renewal occurs.

No referral credit will be provided to referers of customers who sign up for this promotional sale.

Congratulations DreamHost!

DreamHost’s New Design

October 3rd, 2006

DreamHost have launched a new design. The design is very light, more well-arranged than the previous layout and features private pictures of several of the DreamHost employees.

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Check out the new design yourself…

DreamHost Newsletter – September 2006

September 2nd, 2006

Newsletter for the month of August :

No new features or developments in August 2006, but promises of some SUPER SECRET stuff in next month’s newsletter…

  1. DHSOTM
    DreamHost Site of the Month: eldoras.com

Any guesses to what the SUPER SECRET stuff could be?

DreamHost Dedicated Servers

August 31st, 2006

I know lot of you are waiting for DreamHost to start offering dedicated servers again. This might be your chance! I just received a copy of an email sent out about a week ago to customers on the dedicated-servers-waiting-list.

Hi there!

You’re receiving this message because you’ve specifically asked DreamHost to contact you when we’ve resumed sales of our dedicated servers. Well… that day has come!

We’ve done some soul searching in the past few weeks and we’ve realized something. Shared hosting is our bread and butter. The varied hardware configurations and somewhat custom software environments required by dedicated servers really don’t mesh well with our streamlined, well-oiled, centralized management systems. Providing support for dedicated servers in the past really took up a lot of our time – from an inventory, administrative, and technical standpoint.

So! We’re going to try something a little different. We’re going to give you all the features of our Strictly Business hosting plan (see http://www.dreamhost.com/shared/comparison.html for the full scoop) but you’ll be hosted on your OWN server. You’ll be hosted on the same standard hardware that hosts several hundred other domains in our usual shared hosting environment – however you’ll be the ONLY customer on it. The entire CPU resources of this single machine will be devoted to serving up your sites and your sites alone. We’ve never done anything like this before and we hope you’ll be as excited about it as we are!

Currently these machines contain 2.4Ghz dual-core AMD Opterons with 4GB of RAM. Hardware upgrades of any kind will not be available. If your server experiences a hardware failure in the future we may move you off to a different server, however you will always be moved to whatever standard platform we happen to be using at the time for our shared hosting customers. That future server configuration may vary from the one quoted above.

These servers will be fully managed, just like our shared hosting offerings, and they will include the world-famous DreamHost web-based account control panel. Root access will not be available. MySQL databases will still be hosted on our shared database servers. We will monitor and provide support for your server at no extra charge, just as we do for our shared hosting customers. For all intents and purposes, you will interact with your account just as if you were a shared hosting customer

The cost for this new “Strictly Business – Enhanced!” package is $400 per month. Payments must be made on a monthly basis, and there is no setup fee. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer we’re taking orders now and we would expect to have you set up no later than the end of August.

Don’t bother looking on our website for more information – you won’t find it! For the time being this is an exclusive e-mail-only offer being sent to people like you who have asked to be notified when something more powerful than shared hosting would be available from DreamHost.

If you would like to place an order for “Strictly Business – Enhanced!”, just reply back to this email and we’ll be happy to get you all set up. We realize that our “one size fits all” approach may not be a good fit for everyone, and for those people we can only say that our partnership with Hosting.com is ongoing. For more information on that, be sure to check out http://www.dreamhost.com/dedicated/

Please note also that this is the first and last email you will receive from us regarding dedicated server availability. As of now, we’re vaporizing our waiting list. It’s gone! Finito! Bye bye!

-Brett
Sales Feller, DreamHost.com

So one hardware setup only, one software setup only, no root, but one customer only! It’s supposed to be an exclusive e-mail-only offer, but if this is what you’ve been waiting for you can always try to contact sales.

Rails upgraded to 1.1.5

August 9th, 2006

Ruby on Rails has been upgraded today from 1.1.2 to 1.1.5, because of a serious security issue. The Rails developers have chosen not to reveal any specifics about the security hole, but urge everybody to upgrade as soon as possible.

Kudos to DreamHost for completing this upgrade within a few hours of the release of this security patch.

Updated:
DreamHost has upgraded Rails to 1.1.6 since another mandatory upgrade has already been released.

Discussion Forum RSS Feed downtime

August 4th, 2006

I just realized that the The Unofficial DreamHost Discussion Forum RSS Feed (what a name!) hasn’t been updated since I upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.0.4 three days ago (forgot to change my .htaccess).

Everything should be working again, otherwise send me an email or write a comment.

DreamHost Newsletter – August 2006

August 2nd, 2006

This month’s newsletter has just hit the streets:

  1. What a month!
    The full account of the last three weeks (with two power outages, a file server break-down and network troubles) can be found at Anatomy of a(n ongoing) Disaster
  2. ActiveCollab one-click!
    One-click install of activeCollab – a web based collaboration and project management tool.
  3. Disk/Transfer status bars!
    Just a small update to the control panel.
  4. Auto-responder changes!
    People can no longer put auto-responders on catch-alls, and auto-responses are only send if the recipient was in the “To:” or “Cc:” fields.
  5. DHSOTM
    DreamHost Site of the Month: sircle