Unfortunately, you have have not chosen a great time to evaluate DreamHost, the last few weeks have been the worse I can recall since being with DreamHost.
First they had a major file server crash (and re-crash) which apparently exposed internal network issues, then they had to contend with a major power outage and a UPS system that failed to do what it was supposed to.
Thankfully, the techs seem to have most things under control now, but there are apparently still some residue issues they are working on.
I have no doubt that everything will return to its normal non-eventful status quo soon, in fact my sites have been problem free for a few days now.
DreamHost has stated that they have learned a few things during these troubles and are taking steps to prevent similar hardware failures from having such a drastic effect on the network.
you can read all about the recent problems at the links below;
I suggest hanging in there for a while, as I said above; The last few weeks are definitely not indicative of the level of quality usually provided by DreamHost. If you paid by credit card, you have 97 days to decide if DreamHost is for you.
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