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    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2008 edited
    a few months back on the engine, i remember there was hosting talk when warren had trouble with his site, but i don't remember the result.

    the name dreamhost pops into my head, but i don't remember if it was the savior or the one being abandoned. or neither.

    my website's all brand new, and i want desperately to move it somewhere nice, that plays well with wordpress and can handle fair traffic. anyone have a host they love?
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    Dreamhost is the one Warren abandoned - they couldn't handle the traffic he was bringing to the Engine.

    On the other hand, they've worked well for me, but I only get about 3,500-4,500 hits a month.
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2008
    i have a host to avoid:
    they're servers don't run hooey. and the drive mapping is wacky. plus if you want to direct connect to any databases you're out of luck.
    don't go powweb.

    in fact, just about this time every year, i try to figure out how to get off of powweb and onto another host without wasting gobs of money. but i'm just clueless on how to shop for these things now. I'll be watching this thread for sure.
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    Engine was actually hosted privately.

    I'm using Dreamhost for Ariana can tell you more about them. I personally wouldn't recommend them.

    I'm hosting another, very low-traffic, private site on Media Temple, which has been okay.
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2008
    Oh, sorry-- I missed this one.

    Dreamhost are going through growing pains like whoa. In a year they'll either have figured their shit out, or they'll have been class actioned to death (google "accidental invoice dreamhost" and "dreamhost status"). That said, they do play fairly nicely with Wordpress, and can handle fair traffic. You will just not have great uptime-- two or three downs a month have been standard, sometimes up to twelve hours. Basically, if you want a discount service and don't much care if you're always up, Dreamhost have a nice suite of widgets and gadgets that make running your site (when it runs) easy.

    Media Temple appear to be having a few growing pains here and there, mostly in the server upgrades department. Downtime has been pretty low, but slowdowns are a little more frequent than I expect for their price and reputation. I'm not certain how they handle fair to high traffic-- and they aren't very speedy about answering trouble tickets. They'll take a Wordpress install fine, but you'll have to put it up yourself, I believe -- I don't think there are any one-click installs in the package.

    Powweb are actually a room full of penguins typing on old-timey teletype machines stapled to a phone line. Yes, stapled. Every now and again something that may or may not be your content will jump from the staple to the phonewires and be displayed online. They're actually very reliable at not working. It's a skill.
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    I'd have said 'A Small Orange' are working out for me, but over the last week I've had two http outages and three mysql. So I won't recommend them at the moment even though I'd get something for it. Apart from that they've been good though, I've been with them since September.

    Before that I tried out 'Dreamhost' for about a month, which really didn't go well. Horrendous loads times for php/mysql pages, random annoying outages and somehow a default Wordpress install managed to get into an infinite cron loop on one of their servers, leading to them taking it offline for me to 'fix'. Which I did by just uploading the same damned files again.

    So... slow, unreliable and blaming customers for their own poorly managed servers. Dreamhost is dreadful. Or was at the time anyway. I was really glad they did refunds.

    If you just want to put Wordpress on your domain, you could do worse than using as a paid user so you get to use your own domain, theme and so on. I'd be tempted to do that myself if I didn't need to host other things as well as my blog.
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2008
    I used Dreamhost a full decade ago and still hold a grudge. I have zero host loyalty and bolt at the drop of a hat, but they're the only one who managed to make me angry.

    1and1 is huge, impersonal, and made some weird decisions about their admin panel, but the uptime has been great and the prices are low.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008
    draknet is pretty good.
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008 edited
    I use bluehost, I've only ever noticed a couple of SQL DB hiccups and those lasted minutes and could well have been anything. It plays fine with my two wordpress installs, has all the services you need, I imagine. I don't really get any traffic though so I can't tell you about that. It's also like 7 dollars a month, which seems reasonable, but I didn't do much shopping around. I don't get the impression they're a huge operation.
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    i made the mistake (so far) of going w/, on tony moore's suggestion. 24 hours just to get an activation email, then the FTP didn't work for another 24hours once i'd logged in and started trying to set things up.

    shared hosting is an ugly creature anyway, almost anywhere you go, so i'm going to tinker with it for a good chunk of my 30 day trial to see if it has any value at all.
    • CommentAuthor___________
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2008 edited
    servage has loads of space, plenty 'o' bandwith but is slightly flaky when it comes to dowloading large files without a download manager (and more importantly, rather cheap)
    • CommentAuthorJEFFSJ
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2008
    We are currently using Liquid Web. They are very good. Plenty of bandwidth, no downtime and very responsive customer service. The cpanel admin is easy to use and it plays well with Wordpress. I've used both Dreamhost and Media Temple in the past and found both lacking.
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2008
    Stay away from Dreamhost. Fused is great, but if you want to do some research check out this place.
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2008
    Due to a typing error on our primary router while trying to block a denial of service attack, DreamHost is currently offline. This includes all email, web hosting, etc.

    Every single thing Dreamhost hosts is down right now. This includes

    I say one more time - stay away from dreamhost.
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2008
    If you don't mind doing your own admin, RapidSwitch are really good. OK - a bit overkill for a simple website, but FYI.
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2008
    I use this place: Web Mania.

    Cheesy name I guess, but I haven't had any issues with the service.
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2008
    I have used freeola for several years (when they were operated by First Reserve) and have been verry happy. The company I used to work for set up their first site with them on my suggestion and as far as I know are still satisfied with the service. Bells and whistles? Don't know about that. I just write eveything in html and php and hope that I can keep the site looking interesting enough without it being a full-time job.
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    for anyone who cares, i went with ipower. tony moore recommended them and they offered me something ridiculous like $40 a year for an absurd amount of space and bandwidth, multiple ftp logins, etc... they have their own bad history on an older platform a couple years back, but my site's fairly lo-fi and has had a decent track record of uptime, so i figured i'd roll the dice and if all goes wrong i break even on a couple months and leave, if all goes right, i save a shitload of money and am able to use this in place of xdrive and box and all the file hosting shit i have to work with now.

    so far beyond a full day's inability to connect via ftp upon setup, where i was out of the country and unable to call in and yell at anyone, i've had over a month of smooth sailing, with faster load times.

    anyway, thanks for everyone's suggestions.
    • CommentAuthorrobb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2008
    my job 1, job 2, and private email were all hosted on dreamhost once. i have since left them and bullied my boss to ditch them as well after too many outages.

    i currently use WebFaction and have been pleased. i can't speak for how they handle traffic as i'm not rigorously promoting anything nor demanding much from it, but they come well recommended from a graphic design friend who's custom cms played nicely on their servers.
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    actually, while we're at it, anyone have a suggestion for mail? i'd like to point my mx at someone else, maybe... keep the webhost and mailhost to whoever specializes in each.