When I was ready to build a small personal site, I asked a friend about hosting, and he heartily recommended DreamHost. He said since my site would be small and wasn’t intended to generate a lot of traffic, he would host it.
A little later when I was ready to start building a larger site, I followed my friend’s recommendation and started the process of establishing my own DreamHost account. I did not complete the transaction the first time I began it, and for the next few weeks DreamHost ads followed me around the Internet offering promo plans for reduced rates during my first year.
So when I finally completed the transaction, I was happy that the promo plan allowed me to save some money.
However, my happiness turned to disappointment when I discovered that my acceptance of the promo plan prevents me from moving my original domain to my account until I am no longer using a promo rate.
I understand that DreamHost needs to protect itself from people who would game the system. But had there been a warning that I would be unable to move my personal domain to my account, I very well might have paid full fare for the first year.
Perhaps there was some wording to that effect, but I don’t remember if it was there. If it wasn’t, it would be a good idea for DreamHost to include it so it doesn’t lead to other disappointed customers.