“No Uptime” Web Hosting…?

“No Uptime” Web Hosting…?

New round here? Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed.Every now and then we stumble onto something relating to webhosting that is absolutely hilarious and we feel compelled to share. The guys over at NoUpTime.com have outdone themselves. Most of our funny stories relate to customer screw ups or major technical blunders, but it’s [...]

Doing What You Love

Doing What You Love

Whilst gathering quotes for USB drives today I came across molotalk.com and a post titled: “Do What You Love” — a good read, even if you are one of the lucky few with a job you love. The author Vadim Molochnikov is a co-founder of CustomUSB.com, and describes his personal blog (molotalk) as: “A healthy [...]

Introducing Our TwitterBot, @WhoIsHosting

Introducing Our TwitterBot, @WhoIsHosting

The WhoIsHostingThis.com 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

How to Make Custom Twitter Backgrounds

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 [...]

RIP SEO?

RIP SEO?

An interesting post and discussion titled “Ranking, SERPs, SEO Dead in 2009?” at Sitepoint got me thinking… Once upon a time, you could build a site about “foo”, fill it with invisible text containing the word “foo” and get in the top 10 results in the SE’s. Years later, if you could find enough pages [...]

How to Tell If Your Website Is Down

How to Tell If Your Website Is Down

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 http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com, a handy website that will answer the question for you. Also, take a look at http://dingitsup.com, a free service that alerts you via SMS, [...]

Setting up eRuby at DreamHost

Setting up eRuby at DreamHost

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?

Do You Use DreamHost’s One-Click Installs?

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

DreamHost CPU Resource Reporting

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 [...]

“What Every Webmaster Should Know About…”

“What Every Webmaster Should Know About…”

We’ve picked the brains belonging to some of the rising stars in online marketing and asked them to participate in a series of roundtable interviews. We just completed putting together their answers to our first question: “What do you know now that you wish someone had told you when you started out as a webmaster?” [...]

Using Mac/iWeb with Dreamhost

Using Mac/iWeb with Dreamhost

If you have registered or host a domain with DreamHost and would like to host it with your .Mac/iWeb 08 account, you can do so using the following steps: The first step is to log into your .Mac/iWeb account page and then click the “Use personal domain” option – enter your domain name into the [...]

Detecting IP Abuse at DreamHost

Detecting IP Abuse at DreamHost

Repeated connection attempts by bots can be a sign of trouble ahead. On DreamHost, you can use a special shell script to pick out frequent visitors that may have malicious aims. The IP Abuse Script The script is called ip-abuse-lookup.sh; copy it from the DreamHost Wiki. It looks through the error and access logs for [...]

How to Enable DreamHost Shell Access

How to Enable DreamHost Shell Access

DreamHost offers shell access, but it needs to be  enabled manually for each user. Here’s how to do it. Enabling Shell Access for an Existing User Navigate to the Users – Manage Users section of the web panel. Find the user and click the Edit link next to their name. Check the Enable ssh/telnet? box for [...]

How to Decompress ZIP Archives With SSH

How to Decompress ZIP Archives With SSH

To save time on big file transfers, you can upload as a ZIP archive and decompress the file using SSH. It could save you a lot of time. Here’s how to do it. Tools and Setup Before you begin, make sure you have shell access enabled for your domain. Not all web hosting companies provide [...]

Deploy Ruby on Rails with Passenger

Deploy Ruby on Rails with Passenger

If you want to deploy and host Ruby on Rails applications with Dreamhost, you can use FastCGI. But Dreamhost also now recommends the use of Phusion Passenger. Let’s quickly look at how it works. Enabling Passenger on Dreamhost To enable Passenger, edit any of your fully hosted domains or add a new domain from the Manage [...]