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Introducing Our TwitterBot, @WhoIsHosting

January 19th, 2009 . by Richard

The TwitterBot has just launched. For those who unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s a microblogging service that lets users send 140 character messages to friends. Imagine a cross between Facebook status updates and your regular blog. Twitterbots let you perform ‘command line’-style operations in Twitter. You typically send a message, and get back a response […]

How to Make Custom Twitter Backgrounds

January 14th, 2009 . by Claire

Want to make your Twitter page a little more professional or personal? Now you can customise the background. Here’s how it works. Check out this informative post from the CronCast blog. It includes dimensions and layout suggestions to help you create your own Twitter background efficiently. Alternatively, Hugh Briss creates custom Twitter Backgrounds for $75 (or for […]

How to Tell If Your Website Is Down

January 8th, 2009 . by Claire

When troubleshooting a non-responsive website, the first thing you need to know is whether your connection’s the problem. You might find yourself asking, “Is my site down for everyone, or just me?”. Introducing, a handy website that will answer the question for you. Also, take a look at, a free service that alerts you via SMS, […]

Setting up eRuby at DreamHost

January 7th, 2009 . by Toni

Eruby is a handy way to embed Ruby in HTML. In this tutorial, we will explain how to setup Eruby for DreamHost customers (though the instructions will probably work for other hosts as well). Setting up Eruby Use SSH to copy /usr/bin/eruby, and name that file eruby.cgi. Place eruby.cgi it in the root of the […]

Do You Use DreamHost’s One-Click Installs?

January 6th, 2009 . by Claire

According to the official DreamHost blog, one-click installers are becoming less popular at DreamHost. Dallas Kashuba explained: “The clear trend we see is a mostly upward trend with a spike in usage by accounts signed up in 2006, and then a pretty quick drop-off over the last couple of years.” Have one-click installers had their […]

DreamHost CPU Resource Reporting

January 5th, 2009 . by Toni

When troubleshooting your website, it is useful to know how many CPU resources are being consumed by that site. If you are a webmaster like me, you are likely to use your DreamHost account to host multiple websites. One of the problems an account with many hosted domains can have is tracking down which particular […]