Upgrade to Dreamhost

Written at 17:40, on Sunday 2 October 2005. Tags: personal .

Yesterday, I signed up at Dreamhost and will transfer this site to them. That will mean the end of a three-year long relationship with Lycos. I was pretty satisfied at first with their services, but compared to other hosting companies, their plans are pretty meager. Above all, I regularly experienced website outages, something which Dreamhost has experienced recently as well, but at least they’re being open about it. They even have an off-network status blog for easy on-demand notification.

I was hesitating between Textdrive, Dreamhost and MediaTemple, since these hosts are proudly used by bloggers I read. The best choice, based on quality, features and team, seems to be Textdrive. However, this quality also comes at a price, and for a simple, single domain they’re overkill for now. Instead I chose Dreamhost, since they have great plans at competetive prices, and overall people seem very happy with them. And a fine choice indeed, since they were just celebrating their 8th birthday and therefore give 80% (!) discount to the first 888 new signups. My lucky day; I only had to pay 25$ for the first year, although I should have picked the 2-year plan (24 * 7.95 ) – 80% = $38.16 … even that was cheaper then the regular price of 1 year! Oh well…

Anyway, physical movement will commence soon, and domain moving as well. I’m backing up all my files (with FTP and PhpMyadmin, unfortunately, since Lycos doesn’t offer tarballs or shell access). For safety, I’ll first configure Dreamhost on a subdomain, and once that works, I’ll reconfigure the nameservers so that the domain will point to Dreamhosts’ servers.

Hopefully, I’ll see you back soon!

Update 17.06: Well, the migration is complete! If you’re reading this, I’m being served from Dreamhost. I’ve just changed the nameservers and I’m waiting for the domain transfer to complete.

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