Moved to DreamHost

Tips n Tricks

The domain (venukb.com) including the hosting was up for renewal this month. I had setup my site on 23rd of April previous year(2006) and it was then registered/hosted on Godaddy !

Godaddy economy hosting(around 3.5$/month) was a good plan to start with; The hosting took care of the initial traffic pretty nicely. But as traffic to the site increased the site became slower and slower. On the top of this there were number of instances when the site was completely down.

Also the number of sites that Godaddy hosts on a server is very high. Whois.sc gives a good count of the number of sites sharing your server. My site shared traffic along with 3700 other websites !!

However support from Godaddy has always been quick and I would recommend Godaddy hosting for anyone who wishes to start their own web site.

I had 2 options for my domain/hosting renewal plans

  1. Upgrade to Godaddy Deluxe hosting (around 7$/hosting)
  2. Search for a new better web hosting

After doing a little bit of “googling”some of the hosting providers that I shortlisted included BlueHost, Dreamhost and Mediatemple.

Media Temple’s is one of the few providers offering Grid based servers unlike the traditional shared servers. However unlike their punchline which says “Capable of handing very small to very demanding websites” I couldn’t find a “financial” plan which fits small websites. Prices start at 20$/month and it was definitely a big ask for me !

Finally I settled on Dreamhost (Bluehost was eliminated for a couple of reasons including this post 🙂 ). Also by using a Dreamhost coupon code I got a pretty good bargain for a L1 hosting.

  • Disk Storage : 165 GB
  • MySQL databases : Unlimited
  • Free domain Registration for the first year
  • Domains/Sub-domains Hosted – Unlimited
  • Support for PHP4/PHP5/SVN/Ruby on Rails and many more !

I had never moved from one web host to another and hence I was not completely sure of how to proceed.

  1. During the signup process Dreamhost informed me to change the nameservers of my domain to enable its transfer
  2. I logged into the Godaddy admin panel and changed the nameservers to ns1.dreamhost.com etc; however the domain transfer went through a number of glitches
    • Initially I hadn’t input the Auth code(from my current registrar) which was necessary for Dreamhost to initiate the domain transfer.
    • Second time the account was locked and hence the transfer couldn’t be triggered
    • The next time I was told that I had a private registration I had to cancel it before transferring !
  3. After sorting this mess, I was told that the domain transfer might take some weeks. I was thinking of utilizing that time to backup the data and copy the same onto Dreamhost
  4. However when I typed http://www.venukb.com after some time I was in for a shock. The nameservers which I set had already been committed and I was greeted with a blank page !
  5. Fortunately Dreamhost had a 1 click WordPress install and I was able to bring my blog back online within few minutes.

On my new hosting I am seeing a considerable speed change and I am hoping for a good experience with Dreamhost !

4 comments… add one

  • Harish Apr 10, 2007

    Well, the site is much faster now. So what plans do you have for completing 1 year in the blogosphere?

  • Venu Apr 10, 2007

    Yup its faster, but the problem is there has already been 2 outages ! I hope everything is sorted out.
    1 Year ! No plans as of now 🙂

  • DreamHoster Nov 3, 2007

    The fastest site on DreamHost is a past DreamHost Site of The Month Winner, askApache. DreamHost is FAST, but you can make is even faster by following some of the tips at dreamhost speed tips.

  • Moi Aug 6, 2008

    well after seeing your GoDaddy stats for shared hosting I checked my Dreamhost sites… I just checked my site http://www.twang.me and there are only 8 other sites.. the max I found with any of my domains was 21 other sites… cool 😀

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