I’m considering changing hosts. I’ve been with a not-for-profit service for about 4 years - run for church related sites by a great volunteer in his spare time. Unfortunately, with the rise in ‘script kiddie’ activity over the past year his response has been to increase security in every way imaginable, including replacing php as an Apache module with php running as a cgi script. It seems I’ve spent most of my web time in the last 6 - 8 months rebuilding or replacing cms packages that had run beautifully - usually without actually being hacked - but that were disabled in some way by some new security measure. I had an installation of WordPress heavily modded to run as a multi-user blog server that he tried to update to the newest unmodded version of WordPress - without warning me - because he read somewhere it was more secure. I’ve spent the past three months replacing my earlier modded WordPress with WordPress Mu.
So that’s why I’m considering a move.
In one sense, I’m not a heavy user of resources: last month’s data transfer was about 7 GB and I’m currently using about 1.5 GB of disk space.
In another I may be: I myself run about 12 cms based sites - 11 in Hungarian, 1 in English - to provide services to Hungarian speaking members of Unitarian Churches in Transylvania and Hungary. I also share my hosting account with individuals and organizations in those Churches so they can maintain their own sites (usually small html based sites), e-mail lists and email accounts.
I personally am running:
Two domains: http://www.padlas.org and http://www.unitarius-halo.net . I plan to add a third. There are 2 sub-domains on padlas.org and about 60 on unitarius-halo.net.
1 English PHP-Nuke 7.6 Platinum http://www.padlas.org
1 Hungarian PHP-Nuke 7.1 http://kavehaz.padlas.org
1 Hungarian phpBB 2.0.22 with the current mail2forum mod so it can be used as a central archive and interface for several e-mail lists, with mxBB so it has some portal features and as the home for an Orca Ringmaker webring interface. The admin interface for Orca is currently out, owing to some conflict with the host’s security measures. I suspect its because the admin page tries to ping each site on the ring to verify its still there whenever the admin page is loaded. http://www.unitarius-halo.net
I have a Hungarian install of the current Coppermine Gallery as a shared gallery; webmasters known to me get admin privileges so they can build their own albums as adjuncts to their sites. http://unikeptar.unitarius-halo.net
I have a Hungarian language installation of the current version of Sphider working as a search site for about 70 Hungarian language Unitarian web sites at http://unikereso.unitarius-halo.net . I run the spider manually about every other month, breaking it up over 2 or 3 nights and keep the time-out between pages set to 6 seconds.
I have a Hungarian install of CNCat 2.1 serving as a link directory at http://unilinktar.unitarius-halo.net . Since adding links prompts the sending of e-mail confirmations and notifications and Apache doesn’t like getting mail headers from php running as a cgi script every successfully added link takes the visitor to an Apache error page, rather than to the Thank You page, even though everything runs correctly and even the mail gets sent. I can’t upgrade to CNCat 3.1 because the host stripped out Zend Optimizer. ?
I have a Hungarian language media directory at http://unimedia.unitarius-halo.net using e107. I was using Zina, but Apache wouldn’t accept file headers from php cgi and nothing played. Now I just use html links to playlist files and build the content of every directory page in html.
I have a Hungarian language blog hosting site at http://uninaplo.unitarius-halo.net using WordPressMu.
I have a Hungarian multi-user calendar installed at http://uninaptar.unitarius-halo.net using WebCalendar.
Finally, I have a Hungarian wiki/meta-lexicon at http://unipedia.unitarius-halo.net using the current version of MediaWiki.
Guest webmasters currently have 12 completed sites on unitarius-halo.net. All small html based sites except for 3 using PHP-Nuke 7.6 Platinum.
There are another 40 sites under construction on unitarius-halo.net. All will be small html sites, except for 4 cms based sites.
I’m using about 15 MySQL databases.
I’m hosting 5 Hungarian MailMan lists and 1 English and 1 Hungarian Majordomo.
I’m hosting about 70 Squirrelmail accounts.
Since virtually everything is in Hungarian - many of my guest webmasters, e-mail list users and administrators and Squirrelmail account holders have little or no English - I have special needs with regard to Hungarian language support. I’ve seen references to DreamHost account holders from non-english speaking countries, but don’t know if the host would be willing to work with me on this.
Some of the sites use ISO-8859-2 (Latin 2) language encoding, some UTF-8, some Windows Central European. Is DreamHost’s server configured to allow these and possibly other Central European encodings?
Hungarian language files are available for PHPMyAdmin, Sqirrelmail and Mailman. Could these be added and made the defaults for my account?
MySQL used to allow a broad range of encodings; now everyone - even in Hungary - seems to make do with Latin 1 and UTF-8. My sites have been working with just these in recent months. Is there still support for others?
My current host uses Ensim’s admin interface and that offers little support for foreign languages. What does DreamHost use? Does it offer better language support? Any chance of Hungarian?
What support is there for moving the account. I could set up all the users on a DreamHost account and move the files and databases myself. I’m concerned about not being able to move e-mail list archives and the e-mails of those few account holders who leave their messages stored online in Squirrelmail.
How can I recreate the various users, sub-domains, etc. on DreamHost in preparation for the move while my domains are still associated with the old account.
Any help will be appreciated. In particular, if this looks like an account that isn’t suited to DreamHost - or one they would prefer not to have - please let me know.