I've been using Dreamhost for about 5 years now and my experience has always been positive. Unfortunately, PHPBB recently forced me to update my version of PHP that I was using.
The site was on PHPBB 5.2 FastCGI. All was great, it ran very well and I never had issues with Gateway Timeouts etc.
Then it said to update to the newest version, I had to switch to PHP 5.3, which I did. My board doesn't have any mods installed, so I figured this would be a blast... Initially I chose FastCGI mode, but I was getting hundreds of Gateway Timeouts a day. Even when using ordinary functions like viewing a normal thread.
I read online that a quick way to solve it was to go to CGI mode, which cleared up most of the errors, but I still get them when doing large SQL tasks, like pruning members etc.
It's now running 5.4 CGI and it's still broken. I've just had a major spam attack by some Russian sales people and I'm trying to prune hundreds of users but it keeps timing out with this error
Just switched to 5.2 FastCGI like it was on originally. Got a warning about my php version, but I'm able to prune hundreds of users without an error. It'll do for now, but is there any way I can track down where this has come from?