Hopefully nobody noticed, but over the past week I was gradually staging the site for a move to a new host. For several days now the backing databases have been running from DreamHost, and I just flipped the switch that puts the slow nameserver change propagations into motion for the complete site move-over. Chances are by the time you read this it’s being served from DreamHost, and that’s a good thing.
Why is it a good thing? Well, I’ve been testing DreamHost on a separate, much smaller domain for several months and have been very happy with them. I had heard people rave about how affordable and reliable they were, so I wanted to put them to the test as a possible backup host for red-sweater.com.
The preparation paid off because my bandwidth unexpectedly exploded over the past couple months, after rising steadily since I started the blog last year. And my friendly neighborhood ISP wasn’t set up to handle it without passing on significant costs to me. I ended up with a $50 surcharge for March and am already looking at a $30 surcharge for April. Ouch! This blog shares a domain name with my business, but it’s a labor of love!
DreamHost gives me a whopping 1100+GB of bandwidth per month, unlimited domain names, 75 separate shell accounts, one-click installs, AFP/SMB mounting, Subversion support, easy MySQL setups, etc, etc., etc. – and all at just about their lowest price point: I’m only paying $8/month. Did I mention that I can make accounts and hand out shell access to my friends, and host their domains on my site, too? As long as it doesn’t exceed the 1100GB total we’re in good shape.
So I’m excited to make the transition, and while doing so, I can’t resist pointing out that if you happen to be looking for a new host, you could do a lot worse than DreamHost. One of DreamHost’s charming policies is a generous reward for new customer referrals. So if you’ve been looking for a new host or just want to experiment with an inexpensive domain aside from your existing one, consider signing up with DreamHost. You’ll get a great service and I’ll get a nice donation to encourage driving my bandwidth usage up even higher!
If you sign up after clicking the DreamHost link above, you’ll be automaticaly donating to this blog. But to sweeten the deal, DreamHost gives affiliates the ability to “give back” part of their referral bonus in the form of a discount. Use the referral code RSB123GO when you sign up and you’ll get $20 off whatever plan you choose. Don’t like discounts? Just sign up after clicking the above link and I’ll get the entire bonus for myself. Or strip off the number at the end of the URL and let DreamHost keep all the money for themselves.
Apologies for the blatant promotion of my own pocket-book, but I think you’ll agree it’s been rare on this blog. You’ll notice there are no ads here – I just like to share my knowledge and opinions. And in this case I feel 100% confident in endorsing Dreamhost. I’ve been doing it casually to friends for months without even bothering to ask for a referral. What schmuck!
In closing – I hope the new site works to everybody’s satisfaction – if anything is broken it’s probably a configuration error on my part. Please let me know about it!
Update: One other nice thing about DreamHost is how their support works. They are like JetBlue in this way in that they just “get right” something so obvious. When you submit a question or problem to them they have a little popup that asks you to rate your own expertise on the subject. This is like a nerd’s best friend. You can pick from a range of attributes like “I basically know this stuff but I’m rusty,” to “I totally am hot shit and I know this stuff backward and forward” (both paraphrased). And it’s not just lip service. I had a minor issue to get ironed out tonight so I submitted a request identifying myself as “comfortable with the technology” I was writing about. The response came within two hours to tell me it was fixed, gave an explanation only a nerd could appreciate, and was clearly hand-written.