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How to Create Custom Error Pages on DreamHost

How to Create Custom Error Pages on DreamHost

New round here? Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed. DreamHost makes it really easy to customise your website’s error pages. DreamHost servers have built-in special file names that, if present in your domain’s root directory, will load automatically when a visitor gets a particular error message on your website. You can also create [...]

How to Optimise phpBB on Dreamhost

How to Optimise phpBB on Dreamhost

PhpBB is one of the most popular free message board applications, and Dreamhost offers it as a one-click install. Like other database dependent web scripts, phpBB can drain server resources on popular sites. Here are some tips to help optimise your phpBB forum on DreamHost. (In fact, most of these tips will work for anyone.) [...]

A Basic Way to Prevent Hotlinking on DreamHost

A Basic Way to Prevent Hotlinking on DreamHost

DreamHost makes it easy to prevent hotlinking via its web panel. But that method is only suitable for basic websites and beginner webmasters. It’s also very limited. In this article, we’ll look at some alternatives for hotlink protection on DreamHost. Note that our examples only cover lower-case file extensions for simplicity. Stop All Hotlinking The following [...]

How to Prevent Hotlinking on DreamHost

How to Prevent Hotlinking on DreamHost

Hotlinking is a problem for many webmasters. It sucks bandwidth and can be an indicator of content theft. Here’s now to deal with hotlinking on DreamHost. What is Hotlinking? Hotlinking occurs when a website directly accesses, rather than links to, a file. Normally, hotlinking will result in an image file being embedded into a web [...]

How to Run PHP Scripts in Your Timezone

How to Run PHP Scripts in Your Timezone

PHP scripts are a great resource – but there’s a snag. Most scripts will show your timezone incorrectly because they take the time from the server. For example, DreamHost’s servers are in the US. To display your local time, you’ll need to change your .htaccess file. How to Reset the Time Using .htaccess Consult the [...]

How to Clear your Browser Cache

How to Clear your Browser Cache

While working on a website, you’ll often need to empty your browser cache. Otherwise you may not see the changes you’ve made. Here’s how to empty the cache in Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. Forcing a Reload Let’s face it: emptying the cache can be a pain. You could accidentally wipe out your saved passwords, [...]

All About Using PHP on DreamHost

All About Using PHP on DreamHost

PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is a common server-side scripting language. If you are working with web scripts, like WordPress, Joomla, Pligg, etc. — then your site is probably using PHP. Advanced users need to know what versions of PHP are on offer, and what modules the host supports. [Note: this article was originally published in 2008; [...]

Dreamhost Payment Methods

Dreamhost Payment Methods

[Note: this article is from 2008. If you need payment information, we recommend checking with DreamHost.] DreamHost accepts a variety of payment methods. In fact, it’s probably one of the most flexible hosts I have ever encountered when it comes to billing. DreamHost accepts the following credit cards: Visa MasterCard American Express Discover Diner’s Club [...]

Perl Modules on DreamHost

Perl Modules on DreamHost

Need to see if a particular Perl module is installed on your DreamHost server? Log in to your shell account, then type the following (replacing Some::Module with the name of the module you are searching for): perl -M Some::Module -e0 To identify all of the Perl modules installed on your server, check out perldiver – [...]

Accessing Website Statistics On a DreamHost Server

Accessing Website Statistics On a DreamHost Server

DreamHost’s web statistics are a little bit different to other hosts’ stats. In this article, we’ll look at how these statistics can be accessed. Finding Your DreamHost Statistics Your DreamHost stats are located at http://yourdomainatDH.com/stats (where yourdomainatDH.com is your own domain name). Your username is your main Web ID and can be found under Web [...]

Tinderbox on Dreamhost

Tinderbox on Dreamhost

Software developers using Dreamhost will be happy to know that although they can’t use Buildbot on a Dreamhost server (as it requires continuously running processes not allowed under Dreamhost’s shared plans), they can use Tinderbox. Tinderbox, which is Tinderbox is maintained by the Mozilla Corporation, allows developers to manage software builds and to analyze build [...]

I <3 DreamHost Support

I <3 DreamHost Support

I mentioned in a previous post that the most stressful job I ever quit had was that of a support tech for a hosting company. People don’t like their websites being down, in much the same way they don’t like a stubbed toe — it sucks: hard. Last week I sent in a support ticket [...]

Yahoo! Launches Web Analytics

Yahoo! Launches Web Analytics

Looks like Yahoo! is launching a “web analytics” service on a limited basis starting this week. The new service is currently in beta and only available to a select group of advertisers and third party app developers. Soon, the service will be made available to Yahoo’s 13,000 e-commerce customers hosting under the Yahoo Small Business [...]

DreamHost Founder Speaks

DreamHost Founder Speaks

Dallas Kashuba, Co-Founder of DreamHost has a few upcoming appearances you may be interested in: The first is at WorldBlu Live,in New York City, Thursday and Friday October 16-17, 2008. He’ll be speaking about how democracy is used within DreamHost and how it makes business stronger. The other talk is in Atlanta on November 12-14, [...]

Who’s Your Favourite Domain Registrar?

Who’s Your Favourite Domain Registrar?

Over on sibling blog QualityNonsense, there’s a post titled Which is the Best Domain Registrar? The consensus seemed to be that Moniker.com was a firm favourite; readers have been adding their own suggestions. Our Favourite Registrars We’ve always found Namecheap.com to be good value; we’ve also used Enom, Go Daddy, Dotster, 1&1, and many others. So why Namecheap? The [...]