Take note, this is not a mean spirited bash:
I tried Dreamhost last year, closed my acct, and re-opened it a few days ago thinkin they might have gotten things together. I got everything set up and really fell in love with the Dreamhost panel (again) and started transferring all of my domain registrations over, getting ready to settle in for good… then all of this happens.
I keep seeing people harp on “getting what you pay for” and “shared hosting being what it is” and whatnot, and see many references to “all hosts have this kind of thing but you dont see em blogging about it” or whatever, but I’ve been with 1and1 for the last year and have had NO downtime of ANY significance… everything has “just worked” without any issue at all. The only thing I’ve been not digging about them is 150kbps downloads of my files, (and their lack of soul) whereas Dreamhost is consistently giving me 350 or thereabouts (aside from these issues, which has taken it down to 30, less, and even nothing).
It looks to me like there is a way to run a data center without much downtime AT ALL, and all I’m wondering is why does Dreamhost seem to have such trouble finding out how to do that?
I would think that after last year’s issues they would be looking at perfecting their network from the ground up, going over it with a magnifying glass, making sure everything is hooked up the best possible way for things to be hooked up. As a matter of fact, if Dreamhost announced that they had found the perfect setup but would need to take the network down for a coupla days to set it up RIGHT, I would be cool with that… “we’ve got the formula now and we will set it up and you should never have to deal with regularly occurring problems again”.
And there is obviously a flaw in the MySQL implementation… it’s probably the biggest common gripe I see, other than pure downtime. I wonder why they aren’t doing something about that… in these days of EVERYTHING just about being hooked into MySQL, it looks like they’d want that to be a bragging point rather than a significantly weak link.
Anyway, my basic point is, I sure would like to know what they’re doing to figure out a way to make their network stable for the long haul… it’s not like it’s NOT doable… it IS, and it doesn’t require paying any more than $10 a month… as a matter of fact it CAN be done for cheaper (my 1and1 account is 6 bucks a month).
I’m sticking with Dreamhost because I LOVE so many things about them, I really really do, and I’ve got 12 domain regs being transfered into my acct so I am planning on getting pretty comfortable. But in exchange for that love, I sure do wish they would talk around and do some studying on getting their network right… please, please, please.
BTW, hey yall… again! It’s been a little while, and despite the present issues it’s really nice to be back.