Faster HTTP file transfer

Hey folks,

A programmer I work with has recently finished a system by which we’re able to upload files to a folder via a form. My understanding is that this system is using HTTP to do the file transfers.

The problem is these transfers are REALLY slow. They’re nowhere near as fast as FTP. I’m not sure if this is a Dreamhost limitation we’re up against, or a technical one imposed by HTTP transfers. Can anyone comment on this to give me a starts in the right direction? We’re looking for something faster, more of a Basecamp-like upload.