Hi there. Appreciate all the Dreamhosters who have touched this issue. I know you're doing your best. Unfortunately, the site is still all but useless for me even now. Today is pretty much day 5 of this.
Of course, now I'm a bit confused. I thought I had unlimited storage and bandwidth on this account. Sure, I know there has to be a limit somewhere, but I'm curious how hotlinking could be the problem. The error logs I saw in the latest response from Support suggest that there's a 30 connection limit. How does that work? I can move an unlimited amount of bandwidth, but only via 30 people at a time? O_o
I'm also not inclined to buy the hotlinking theory. If there were that many people hotlinking the site, wouldn't there be a gradual slowing down of site performance over time before the bottom would fall out? I haven't noticed anything of the sort. And wouldn't such linking show up in my Google Analytics? (This is where we reach the limits of my technical knowhow!) Besides, the images reported in the log excerpt I got are icons for plugins - not the sort of thing I suspect anyone would expect to draw a large amount of bandwidth, ya know?
I've done some htaccess mods in the past, but don't have time to do much more than copy>pasta the first entry on that page you linked above until the weekend. You can understand my reluctance to just fire up FileZilla and have at it. I tried some hasty copy>pasta earlier this year and let's just say I'm glad I have a backup service in place.
So what's the next step. Sxi suggested requesting a server move. Should we pursue that or is there some other definitive solution to this? I remember a few years back, when someone at DH pulled a Michael Bolton, misplaced a decimal point, and everyone with a credit card on file got the pinch for an entire year's hosting, leading to a lot of down-for-non-payment sites the next day. I laughed at that. This is far more frustrating.
Again, sincerely appreciate the support on this one. Just looking to once and for all fix the problem. It's taken me the better part of five days now to do 1.5 blog posts in Wordpress. I'm getting super-duper anxious.