Perhaps I need to be on medication but some things are getting under my skin. Since I have so much of my internet life tied into DH, I’m unsettled by the lack of attention to details. True there are bigger fish to fry, but I suspect these short cuts and compromises might leak into other, more critical areas of operation.
Make a decision:
I know that DH isn’t a design house, but the schizophrenic interface of the site is getting old.
The home page and user is very “web 2.0” looking. But then when you get logged in, it’s another look (web 1.0?). And when you get to the WIKI, it’s another look/interface, and yet another for the Control panel. But the BEST (tongue in cheek) transition is when you investigate how to configure a form: http://formmail.dreamhost.com/ (it uses an abandoned logo and is dated…gasp…1999)
Check your calendar:
We’re two weeks into the New Year and DH has yet to make the change anywhere on the site. It’s still 2006 (look at the bottom of essentially every page.
A Crusty Control Panel:
Yes! We get it! “We have decided to decommission Solid Components!” So take off the link already! The “decomissioned” message has been live longer than “Solid Components” ever was!
The Home Page images:
Remember when you were invited over to see someone else’s home movies–or worse–a slide show from THEIR family vacation to Yosemite? It’s the same thing here. We aren’t IN your family. We don’t KNOW you. It’s boring and we hate it! We don’t care–it’s like putting an “inside joke” on the home page. And God bless their souls, but those two “large” children that cycle in aren’t selling too many accounts (somebody send them a Diet Coke STAT!) What’s the deal? I understand the home-grown owner strategy but at least make an effort to look modestly professional. Note To Self: “Don’t offload digital camera files DIRECTLY into the DH image server.”
It’s been broken for months. Its flagging SPAM then re-ranking it as a “0” then letting it on through. It’s worthless. But DH refuses to do anything about it or even cite publicly that its brok’d (Support has acknowledged its busted). I’ve been moving my MX to outside sources and been VERY happy. That said, I’d prefer to keep in the DH “house”