Okay I've had an account with Dreamhost for over 4 years now, and it seems that one of the databases had grown to be rather heavy in usage.
Now, it seems that Justin emailed me a week ago and I missed it, but he moved my databases to a VPS because of the heavy usage of 1 database. I now see that dreamhost wants to charge me 115/month. Since I was providing a free service with no ads or other net benefit to me (and I can get a full server for less than that) I found this message somewhat alarming. I took the whole site down today, and just have a message that says
[align=center]Taken offline because Dreamhost says it's too resource intensive....so much for "unlimited".
I realize that I have been using a shared server, and I appreciate that the costs have be reasonable, and I like a lot of what dreamhost offers, but how can I feel safe about putting up something when it might be flipped over to a more expensive package at any time?
Frankly I am fine with shutting the whole site down, at least until I can get around to configuring a better solution, but it's all disappointing.
I think what really gets me, is that this site has been around for a couple of years, and I've applied every tweak and disabled many features, all to keep the resource usage as low as possible, but the size of the database appears to have reached the breaking point for a shared server at dreamhost, so I have to see what other options make sense.
Sadly I was just talking to people about how much better dreamhost was than their hosting solution, but you can see that I would be happier eating paper than this situation.
In any case, I might not be screwed, but I have taken down my offensive site so I won't be charged $115/month just for the MySql hosting.
Hopefully dreamhost will put it all back now, but it's quite a pain.