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Looking for a Dream Job?

July 30th, 2008 . by Toni

Did you know that DreamHost is owned by its employees? Now you do. According to their website: “The benefits are crazy, the people are friendly, and you can wear WHATEVER YOU WANT…except cologne. Wearing cologne in the DreamHost office is grounds for a firing. Or at least a solid 8 hours of harassment.” If you [...]

What Attention Span?

July 29th, 2008 . by Toni

Just finished reading an interesting article titled: “What the Heck Happened to Our Attention Spans?” by Josh Catone from Sitepoint. Although theories that media has effected the average mind’s attention are nothing new, this post did have some interesting thoughts on the subject. And offers suggestions on how webmasters might utilize this research. Is the [...]

DreamHost Adds Phone Support With Callbacks Service

July 28th, 2008 . by Claire

DreamHost offers 24/7 technical support by email, but customers that prefer to speak to support staff might be interested in its Callbacks service. With Callbacks, customers can leave a contact telephone number and have Dreamhost’s team call back at a convenient time. The Callbacks service is not included in standard hosting plans, but it can [...]

Protect Yourself with Free WHOIS Privacy

July 22nd, 2008 . by Toni

Most domain registrars charge $4/year or a similar fee for Whois privacy protection. It’s free at DreamHost, which makes them appealing to some users for domain registrations. Why would you want your WHOIS domain information kept private? – To avoid junk mail & spam. – To keep competitors from reverse engineering your SEO techniques – [...]

Removing “www” Without .HTACCESS

July 21st, 2008 . by Toni

DreamHost makes it super easy to remove or require the “www” from your domain name automatically. While some people prefer to not use “www” in their web site URL some prefer that it always be there. Whether it be for SEO purposes or just for aesthetics, you can easily set this up via your Web [...]

Important DreamHost Links

July 18th, 2008 . by Toni

Today, I spent 10 minutes searching Google for the Official DreamHost Blog, before getting irritated and guessed the URL. It wasn’t in the even top 20 results for the phrase “DreamHost Blog”. A random site with a link pointing to THIS blog was in the top 20 results. Crazy, eh? Maybe it’s just a temporary [...]

Dreamhost Improves Integration With Google Apps

July 17th, 2008 . by Claire

Google Apps is a very useful suite of tools for anyone with a domain. Apps includes comprehensive email hosting for your domain, custom calendars, start pages and more. Now Dreamhost has improved its integration with Google Apps to make setup easier. Setting Up Google Apps on Dreamhost Dreamhost has made the Google Apps setup process [...]

Best Guarantee in Web Hosting

July 16th, 2008 . by Toni

Dreamhost is recognized as one of the top web hosts for good reason, they stand by their service and offer a money back guarantee. In case you haven’t heard, DreamHost offers the best (well, at least the longest) money back guarantee in the industry. With DreamHost, you get 97 days to decide whether you want [...]

How to Report Abuse to DreamHost

July 15th, 2008 . by Claire

If you think a DreamHost customer is doing something illegal, you can report them. Spamming, fraud, copyright infringement and other violations can be reported via the DreamHost Abuse Center. The Abuse Center’s there to assist anyone having problems caused by a DreamHost customer. The Abuse Center also educates DreamHost customers on acceptable practices for bulk email, [...]

Dreamhost Web Panel vs cPanel: Key Differences

July 14th, 2008 . by Claire

For most hosting customers, the type of control panel on offer is a key consideration. Many hosts offer Plesk, Direct Admin or cPanel. Some web hosts, like DreamHost, use their own proprietary web panel that is partially or completely unique. Often, customers shy away from custom control panels. They’re sometimes thought to have clumsy interfaces, [...]

Instant Backups with DreamHost Snapshots

July 11th, 2008 . by Claire

Not all shared hosting providers offer backups, but DreamHost does. Its in-built solution is called Snapshots. Snapshots isn’t a guaranteed backup service, but it deserves a mention nonetheless. About Snapshots Snapshots is a backup service that should restore a DreamHost site after a disaster. It’s located within the DreamHost Web Panel under Domains > Manage Domains. [...]

Have a Suggestion for Dreamhost?

July 10th, 2008 . by Toni

One of the unique benefits of being a Dreamhost customer is the power to suggest changes and improvements, then vote on proposed suggestions. Votes strongly influence what gets implemented by Dreamhost. So, if you think Dreamhost should install new software, update policies, add a new feature, or make any other changes Dreamhost Suggestions give you [...]

Get Your DreamHost Hosting for Free with DreamHost Donations

July 9th, 2008 . by Claire

If you run a non-profit or charity organisation, you might be interested in DreamHost Donations. DreamHost Donations allows other people to chip in for the cost of your hosting, effectively providing you with a virtual tip jar. How DreamHost Donations Work Visitors to your website click on a donation button. That button leads to a [...]

FAQ: DreamHost Traffic Spikes

July 8th, 2008 . by Claire

Social media and news sites can direct a lot of traffic at a website over a short period of time. It’s not uncommon for servers to crash under the weight of these increases, especially on shared hosting accounts such as the ones DreamHost sell. Expecting a spike? Read on. DreamHost Traffic Spike FAQ Can a [...]

How to Claim a Free Domain From DreamHost

July 7th, 2008 . by Claire

Every DreamHost customer is entitled to claim a free domain. The domain remains free as long as you have a hosting account. If you forgot to register your domain, it’s not too late. Claiming the Domain Log in to your DreamHost web panel. Under Domains, choose Registrations. From here you can check the availability of [...]