Finally, I am out of Dreamhost. My annual plan expired last November and I changed to monthly plan and was searching for a reason to change. The incident which happened last week became the final nail in the coffin and I am out of it now.
I have faced the bad neighbour problem and have had some outages because of it occasionally, but to be fair to Dreamhost, the problems I faced with them were not as bad as the ones which I had with my previous web host.
The other reason for me to change the host is that I have got fed up with shared hosting and wanted to dive into VPS. I thought of going with MediaTemple, but they were expensive and then tried GoDaddy Linux Virtual Dedicated plan. It really sucked! I was not getting the kind of control which I was expecting. More over the control panel itself took too much memory of 256 MB and the server was always at its knees.
It was then I read the review about SliceHost from Hosting Fu. I was doing some research and the moment I found the excellent article repository, I immediately went and registered. Right from the OS, everything is in your control and you can configure or install any software which you want. This is the type of control I was looking for. I selected Ubuntu Gusty as OS and have so far installed and configured Apache, MySQL, PHP, Subversion and Ruby on Rails. Finally I can get my hands dirty with Ruby on Rails, (which was actually one of my resolutions for 2007 🙂 )
I will keep you guys posted about my experience with SliceHost and also will post the interesting code snippets or configuration tricks which saves me some time. I am back to slicing my slice from slicehost 🙂
Nice – glad you found us. Get back to slicing and let us know if you need anything.
Thanks for dropping by and I will surely let you know if I need anything. (You may get a mail soon to upgrade my slice to 512 MB 🙂 )
Cool stuff! 🙂 Keep us posted on how the new host goes on.
I already have a list of interesting things which I have write about. 🙂
So this basically rules out dreamhost from the options I have!
Nice Blog btw, very informative.
Well to be fair to Dreamhost, it is just my personal experience and my sites have seriously overgrown shared hosting.
I still know people who are happy with Dreamhost. 🙂
Hi Sudar, are you still happy with your switch? I’m running 5 sites on Dreamhost, and my server goes down about 6-10x a week. I have a program that sends me notifications, and it’s starting to get ridiculous how often they go down. Have you experienced any of these same issues with Slicehost?
@CD, Yeah I am still happy with the switch. But I am planning to switch to Linode. Both Slicehost and Linode have the same functionality but Linode is slightly cheaper.
EDIT: I have moved to Linode. You can check out this blog post discussing the reason http://sudarmuthu.com/blog/2009/06/12/moved-to-linode-for-hosting.html
slicehost or webbynode?
First it was slicehost then webinode then linode and then prgmr 🙂