I’ve been a dreamhost customer for about 6 months now, and have been trying hard to like the service. It promises so much, but the actual reality of things falls a little below my expectations. Now, I understand that I cannot have the same expectations of a $8 service, compared with a $20 service, but I’m a little confused now about what kind of expectations I should have of Dreamhost.
For example, what kind of server load should I EXPECT from a Dreamhost server? My server (tab) is constantly above 4, and often above 10. Is this to be expected, or not?
Also, I hear that the filesystem is mounted to the servers via NFS. I’m no UNIX guru, but it seems like that is a very inefficient way of serving files. I also hear that this is the reason why Gallery 2 is so slow, rather than server loads per se. Also, I frequently have 20 second waits before my blog is served (now hosted at A Small Orange, BTW). So, should I expect slowness from Dreamhost? Is slowness a consequence of the way Dreamhost is designed?
So, I know my expectations must be lower with Dreamhost due to the low cost. But how low?