I found my first major complaint with Dreamhost. I've dealt with other hosting companies, including 1and1 for my personal sites, and I've never encountered this. I don't understand the reasons or logic behind treating users as FTP accounts, etc.
I have existing websites hosted here at Dreamhost. My company is hiring a consultant to do some work for us to an existing site, and I can't create just a plain and simple FTP account to grant them access. I do not want to make them a user, nor is there any need to have home directories, etc. Had I known this ability was not available, I would have chosen another host.
With 1and1, for example, I can create an FTP account...just an FTP account, and grant them access to some or all of my hosted space. It's easy, straightforward, logical, etc. I simply don't understand why this isn't an option here....why FTP accounts must be users, and vice versa.
Am I missing a simple option, or is it really this complicated?