I’d advise anyone considering moving to DreamHost to reconsider. Here’s my experience:
I was hosting a set of sites for friends over at Valuehost. The sites were things like blogs, record labels, wedding photos etc. They’re not anybody’s livelihood but they’re still important to us.
I’ve been IT Director of various web related companies for the last 10 years and I know what to expect from “pile em high, sell em cheap” hosting. I wouldn’t host my business websites here and the people moaning about “DH ruined my business” deserve all they get. If your business depends on your web presence, you need to spend decent money on it.
But… we moved our personal/blog sites to DH because Valuehost was down twice for 2 days at a time (how insignificant this seems now!). It took a long time to move all the sites and get it running again (in between my day job) and I have to say I wish I’d never bothered. The sites are down about as often as they’re up (and no, this isn’t reflected in the status blog), my friends are constantly mailing/phoning me to ask why they can’t get their email etc.
I’ve been doing web stuff a long time and DH is shaping up to be the worst shared hosting environment I’ve ever suffered with.
I’d be interested in anyone else’s recommendations for alternatives? Valuehost were bad enough for us to leave, but they’re still better than DH. I’ve had a cheap dedicated server at 1&1 and, while they’re not as ‘chatty’ and friendly as DH (their customer service is awful) we had NO technical problems in 3 years. Their shared hosting might be as good.
In summary: If your website is critical to your business, invest in it properly. If you website isn’t critical, but you’d like to, you know, actually see it sometimes, don’t put in on DreamHost.