I recently signed with Dreamhost when I saw a nice offer (the ‘555’ deal in celebration of hosting over 500,000 domains). I was pleased to see that Dreamhost offers support for Ruby on Rails and has a lot of other nifty features, to boot. In fact, I was so jazzed about the sign-up offer, that I posted a link to Dreamhost on a message board used in a Web Applications Development course I’m doing with the Open University, UK. A course moderator wasn’t so keen on DH, however, and posted a reply that rather chilled my initial enthusiasm. I’ve copied her message below. My question, for those of you who might know, is whether she has her facts straight, and assuming so, what has been done to improve any kind of security issues here? I’m not so concerned about “overselling”… I think it makes more sense to allocate more resources than most users will need (at least from a user’s POV) than to have very low caps and need to pay extra if a site gets some unusually high traffic–or have a site become unaccessible for the rest of a billing period–so I don’t really see having such restrictions set high as a negative. But the allegations about hacked sites, stolen FTP passwords, etc–this I DO find a bit concerning. Anyone (DH customers)? Dreamhost staff? If I can report back to “class” with a bit of info about how safe DH is now compared to when (if true) this happened, there might be a few more sign-ups coming. —lolo
OU TT-series course moderator comments:
[quote]aaargh Couple of points:
- this is fine for hobby sites, just don’t host a business site on there! Reliability is pretty poor, and they oversell bandwidth and disk space in the hope that most people won’t use their allocation.
- they have just been hacked and had thousands of FTP passwords compromised. The thieves then used these to add a load of link spam to the victims’ home pages.
- whatever host you use, don’t sign up for 2 years in advance! When it all goes pear-shaped 6 months down the line you won’t get your money back.
Sorry to be so negative; I have never hosted with Dreamhost myself, but I know a lot pf people who have, and regretted it.[/quote]