Seems like the control panel is down more than it is up lately and I’ve only been a customer for 3 days. This needs not be a trend.
There are some irregularities right now… the billing problem for one… which is distracting the dreamhost team apparently.
I’ve been a customer for several years, and have had problems with the panel on occasion, but not consistently.
I also do not do anything through the panel that I require regular access to… my DNS is hosted elsewhere (two elsewheres actually… for backup purposes) and all of my account controls that I need on a regular basis are done through a non-panel manner… which basically are all available from a non-panel manner.
Also, keep the dreamhost support email address handy.