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How to Clear your Browser Cache

How to Clear your Browser Cache

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

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 [...]

Email Upgrades at DreamHost

Email Upgrades at DreamHost

DreamHost recently announced some upgrades to their email service: New! Quarantined Mail via IMAP I bet you are drooling already. You can finally access your junkmail quarantine folder via your IMAP client!!! To enable this, just log into webmail at: http://webmail.dreamhost.com/ or http://webmail.yourdomain.com/ – and click “junkmail” there on the left, then “settings”, then enter [...]

Have an Idea to Change the World?

Have an Idea to Change the World?

Google is celebrating it’s 10th birthday with Project 10100 — pronounced “Project 10 to the 100th”. The project is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. Go here to submit your best idea to help humanity. The top 5 ideas will be selected, with $10 million divided [...]

DreamHost Gets Greener – Free Upgrades

DreamHost Gets Greener – Free Upgrades

We already know that DreamHost has gone green — now they want to “Save the Environment Harder!” In a recent blog post, DreamHost announced a plan to reduce their data center power usage by 50%: Basically, we’ve come to realize that if we were to upgrade all our old web and file servers onto new [...]

IBM’s Bluehouse – Facebook for Business?

IBM’s Bluehouse – Facebook for Business?

IBM just launched Bluehouse, a service that combines the features of social networking (ala Facebook) with business-collaboration tools. My first impression is that the demos look great. A nice clean interface, useful tools, and I can see this being a replacement for current online project management services. Currently Bluehouse is free during its public beta [...]

Free 50GB Remote Backup

Free 50GB Remote Backup

Over the past few months Dreamhost has been cracking down on customers who have been using large chunks of their web hosting space for their own personal files that have nothing to do with web sites. According to the Dreamhost August Newsletter: Now, you know how we give out a LOT of disk space with [...]