I signed up about 5 days ago and my site has been ridiculously slow from the beginning. It's a basic Drupal installation. There's virtually no data in it yet, and no traffic, and it's super-slow. My server is on firestone; not sure what server the DB is on.
Here's the unhelpful response I got to my support ticket about the slowness:
"There are no performance enhancements available on your shared hosting plan. You would need to upgrade to a dedicated server to see a performance boost."
I guess that response implies that Dreamhost thinks this sort of site response is normal.
Really disappointing! Guess I need to look elsewhere as our club can't afford dedicated servers.