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posted Aug 27, 2006

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After several years at my old hosting company, WebIntellects, I have decided to switch to DreamHost. They’ve got a good reputation, great prices and packages, and support for everything I need today for this web site. They also support several things I’m interested in doing in the future, such as Ruby on Rails.

Why switch? For the past few weeks, I was experiencing terrible performance at WebIntellects. Pages that typically would display in 2 seconds were taking over 2 minutes to be served up. I think the WebIntellects shared servers were just too bogged down, and their support staff wasn’t able to help very much. DreamHost also has shared servers, but they use different machines for web servers and database servers. I think that will make all the difference in the world. Also, unlike WebIntellects, DreamHost actually monitors the usage on their shared servers and does something about it when the load gets too high.

Why DreamHost? When I knew that I needed to leave WebIntellects, the next thing to figure out was where to go. I did lots of searching, and browsing user forums. The reviews of DreamHost were consistently good. Here’s one from a user that’s been with them over 12 months. My googling also turned up this thread on hosting for Textpattern where several folks raved about DreamHost. Here’s what sealed the deal for me—DreamHost has a 97 day money-back guarantee. I’m guessing they picked 97 days because the company was founded in 1997. That’s a veteran company in the field of web hosting providers these days.

I’m still a new customer with DreamHost, but so far I’m impressed. Getting the site up and running at their location was a snap. I had one small question for their support team, and it was answered promptly and correctly on the first try. Nice!

If you are looking for a good web hosting solution, I can recommend DreamHost. Full disclosure: if you sign up for DreamHost through one of the links on this page, I’ll get some credit that will be applied to my own hosting fees. If you use the promo code “pfactor” when you sign up, you’ll get $50 off whatever hosting package you choose.

Visitors to pfactor.com should not see any difference, other than improved performance. If you notice something different about the site that you think I should be aware of, please drop me a note.

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#1 Fernando - 12/01/2006 10:20 AM

#2 Phil Verghese - 12/01/2006 01:22 PM

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