Although things were going OK with GoDaddy as my web host, I decided to switch over to Dreamhost. The migration seems to have gone basically OK, though with the limited upload speed of my cable modem, the file upload will take over 20 hours. Transferring the databases and changing the name servers was easy to do as well.
Dreamhost offers a lot of extra features over what I had before. Here are a couple that were important to me:
- Ability to host multiple domains on one hosting account
- Better (in my opinion) web control panel
- Shell access
- IMAP mail support
- Cron jobs
- Subversion repositories
I agreed to a one year contract, at $10 a month. By agreeing to a year you avoid the $50 setup fee. Thankfully, I found a promo code (“MAX97”) that took $97 off my bill. My first year of hosting is going to cost me $23!
So far I’m really satisfied with Dreamhost!
If you notice anything not working on the site, let me know. I’m writing this at 11pm and about to head to bed, but a bunch of non-critical files are still uploading. I’m setting this post to not be published until the morning, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!