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Dreamhost Web Panel vs cPanel: Key Differences

Dreamhost Web Panel vs cPanel: Key Differences

New round here? Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed. 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 [...]

Instant Backups with DreamHost Snapshots

Instant Backups with DreamHost Snapshots

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?

Have a Suggestion for Dreamhost?

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

Get Your DreamHost Hosting for Free with DreamHost Donations

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

FAQ: DreamHost Traffic Spikes

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

How to Claim a Free Domain From DreamHost

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 [...]

Spying on the World with Google Trends

Spying on the World with Google Trends

Google just made some updates to Google Trends which allows you to research and compare search terms by popularity and geographical region. If you do keyword research, this can be a very handy tool. After signing in to a Google Account, visitors to Trends can now view the “numbers” on the graphs as well as [...]

Rhetoric Champs: The Official DreamHost Blog

Rhetoric Champs: The Official DreamHost Blog

I have an interest in rhetoric, the study of writing or speaking as a means of communication or persuasion. No, really…this IS interesting, please read on: My studies of rhetoric have made me fans of those who have mastered the art of persuasion, and one of my favorite examples is the official DreamHost blog. Which [...]

Dreamhost Site of the Month (DHSOTM)

Dreamhost Site of the Month (DHSOTM)

The DreamHost Site of the Month (DHSOTM) contest started in 1998 to honor the best sites among the ones they host. Each month, one DreamHost customer gets their site anointed the Site of the Month; the winner being the site with the highest average vote with at least 10 votes when the newsletter is written. [...]

The Official Dreamhost Discussion Forums

The Official Dreamhost Discussion Forums

If you’re new to DreamHost, bookmark the official DreamHost Discussion Forums. The forums are a great resource for all DreamHost customers. You’ll find sections to discuss programming, design, ecommerce and more. Getting Help at DreamHost Although the forum’s a great resource, it shouldn’t be seen as a replacement for the support wiki or support ticket system if [...]

DreamHost Media Player: Embed Audio, Video & More

DreamHost Media Player: Embed Audio, Video & More

All DreamHost hosting packages include the use of a free Flash-based media player. This works in addition to the image rotator. Using the media player, you can easily embed audio, video or picture slideshows into your website. How it Works The DreamHost Flash Media Player can only play videos in FLV format. DreamHost allows you [...]

DreamHost One Click Installs

DreamHost One Click Installs

DreamHost offers one click installs for a stack of open source software. Which makes it incredibly simple to get a fully functional database driven site up In 5 mins — without much hosting or programming knowledge. Sweet, eh? Dreamhost even has an “Easy Mode” for installing WordPress, Zenphoto, phpBB, and Drupal. In easy mode, Dreamhost [...]

Dreamhost Support is Wiki-riffic

Dreamhost Support is Wiki-riffic

The wiki serves as DreamHost’s web hosting manual, but also contains a lot of non DreamHost-specific information too. The community supported wiki contains tons of information about working with Dreamhost from basic FAQs to detailed tutorials. If you have a question about your hosting, you can probably find the answer in the wiki. Popular sections [...]

Firefox 3: The Best Browser Yet

Firefox 3: The Best Browser Yet

If you missed the announcement, Firefox 3 was released on June 17th. Said to have: “more than 15,000 improvements, Firefox 3 is faster, safer and smarter than ever before.” One of the most impressive improvements in my opinion is Firefox’s performance. Firefox 3 has made some great leaps to become the leanest & fastest version [...]

Go Green with Carbon Neutral Hosting

Go Green with Carbon Neutral Hosting

Last year, Dreamhost announced that it has become carbon neutral. This means that Dreamhost has calculated it’s impact on everything that they use and leave behind from paper, to electricty, and even gas to drive to work, then purchase renewable energy credits and carbon credits to offset their companies personal impact on the environment. You [...]


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