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Dreamhost, you are a terrible host - Evan - 01-08-2007 09:05 AM

I am the co-admin of a very small forum. Just a few dozen active members at any one time, and not a single day goes by that our performance isn't so bad, it is essentially unuseable.

Not just occasionally, not just every so often, but everyday. I read your blog crowing about all the things you did wrong in 2006 and what you were planning to do in 2007, but you have a lot of work to do. There are times when this goes on for hours, and sometimes, it lasts all day. You should not even be in the webhosting business. That is just how bad you are.

People warned us not to go with Dreamhost, but we didn't listen, and now we are paying the price. Your service is pathetic, every day. I could use a carrier pigeon to make posts faster than your insanely slow service allows us to.

Thanks for making a fool out of us because we went with you as our provider, and not someone else.


Dreamhost, you are a terrible host - ChristopherW - 01-08-2007 09:09 AM

Maybe I'm dipping my toes in a bit too late, but you do remember about the 97 day money-back satisfaction thingumajig?

dh ftw? yarly


Dreamhost, you are a terrible host - Evan - 01-08-2007 09:14 AM

We don't want to have to change hosts and move. Moving the database of even a small forum is a real pain. What we want, is for Dreamhost to do what they are in business to do, serve websites. If they can't manage that, they need to get out of the business. It's been longer than 97 days anyway.

In the first couple of months we had them, they were perfect, then things went to hell and never returned.

As of the time I am making this post, we are completely offline. 404 Not Found. Typical of Dreamhost. This happens all the time.

We would like to be moved to a less crowded box. Obviously, Dreamhost has oversold ours. Like they always do.


Dreamhost, you are a terrible host - ChristopherW - 01-08-2007 09:20 AM

Don't worry mate, I fully appreciate the... shall we say 'challenges' in moving an SQL database out of its current environ, repatriating it on another server... And then making it work in its new environment with your setup which previously worked fine, reestablishing all the dependencies, making sure everything works fine and trying to figure out the weird-ass error messages - it's a pain in the backside at the best of times.

I feel your pain dude :X I've had no problems with my account, but it's a new one, so I have no previous benchmark other than my stalking of the DH blog and boards for the best part of last year before signing up (and hell, it didn't cost a lot for the year's subscription, so I'm gonna take my time moving everything over, juuuust in case).

Sorry you're having these problems mate, wish you the best of luck in resolving them.

dh ftw? yarly


Dreamhost, you are a terrible host - Maagic - 01-08-2007 09:38 AM

We've been with them more than 97 days already


Dreamhost, you are a terrible host - Lillie - 01-08-2007 09:47 AM

As a mod on Evan's forum, I can't believe how slow the forum pages are to load. Slow loading, page errors, loading failures, page not found. Every day it's something. Not a day goes by someone doesn't post "Is the forum running slow for everyone or just for me." Then the flurry of "nope, not just you" posts come out. Slowly. Sigh.

Dreamhost404 - some dream!


Dreamhost, you are a terrible host - ChristopherW - 01-08-2007 09:49 AM

What forum software / CMS you running? Just out of curiosity... And which box?


Dreamhost, you are a terrible host - vershana - 01-08-2007 09:52 AM

I've been a member of Evan's forum for over a year. I've seen ups and downs, but I have to say, I think the trendline seems to point mostly down. Although I wouldn't call the forum ultra high volume, its pretty hard to find a five minute interval with no new posts. In that kind of environment, downtime is VERY obvious. The forum is almost like a group email, and a lot of people are impacted by slow downs and outages.

Of special note, the mods have worked really hard to insure that the server load is as light as possible. We have limits like 30 seconds between searches, etc. We tolerate this because the forum is important to us.

But its not acceptable to have such terrible outages and slow downs as we've been experiencing lately.

Please do right by us.

Thanks for listening.


Dreamhost, you are a terrible host - Evan - 01-08-2007 09:53 AM

We run VBulletin. Not sure what box, Torrance I think. Maagic is the owner of the forum, he knows more about all that than I do.


Dreamhost, you are a terrible host - Mackie - 01-08-2007 10:12 AM

I am also a member of the forum Maagic and Evan run, and I have to say, if it weren't for the tight knit group we have become over the past 4 years, there are a lot of us that would be long gone due to the frustrating slowness your server brings us.

We've already moved once and that, as you very well know tears up an online community. We do not want to have to do that again.

Thank you for listening.

Mackie