Are you willing to put in the time to make sure that your site can be crawled effectively without the bot getting stuck in circular links or eating up server resources?
If the answer is no, then I would be a little worried.
If the answer is yes, I wouldn’t be worried. In fact, I’d be pleased that DreamHost is being proactive about protecting me from selfish numbskulls who don’t care about anyone else they’re sharing their server with and just want to slap together cheap poorly coded websites and monetize them.
------ (That’s it for my reply to the OP. The rest of this is a rant.)
Yes, I’m aware that I’m departing from my usual sympathetic and politically correct postings, but I really do want to make sure that DreamHost doesn’t get burned for trying to help out their core user base - us small-timers who just want our personal websites to run on rock solid stable web servers with consistent performance. I think the same goes for the more upscale users as well - it is in everyone’s best interest to learn how to create efficient websites and have them crawled efficiently in order to keep costs down and service levels up.
My personal beef? The dumbass who had some script that ate up all the server CPU and took my server down for four hours two weeks ago. I applaud DreamHost for doing whatever it has to in order to keep my server up and thus keep my sites up.
Sigh, I would like to apologize for the rant. It seems that all I see here lately is people complaining because they were inconvenienced by DreamHost acting to make sure that these people’s scripts didn’t compromise the ability other users to access shared server resources. And these complainers do not seem to exhibit any remorse for the tens of people they have inconvenienced by making the server unusable.
It’s presumptuous of me to say this, but to those considering signing up for DreamHost: If you’re going to be a bad neighbor, then please don’t move into the neighborhood. If you are going to be a good neighbor, then please please please join us. We need you and we need more people like you!
----- (back to the OP)
You sound like a polite, concerned, thoughtful person, so I’m sure you’ll fall into the “good neighbor” category!
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