In April, 2004, I could tell from the magazine ads in Wired that the web hosting provided by my ISP was bullshit. Too expensive, not much disk space, no features, crappy admin interface, ...
Shortly thereafter, I saw mention on the MacInTouch web newsletter of a hosting service some people like a lot. It had some hard-to-find features, yet it was very cheap and offered huge disk space and huge bandwidth, so I checked around on Google and found nothing but rave reviews.
DreamHost has been around since 1997, making it one of the pioneers in this business, so they’ve been refining their service for all these years. DreamHost was founded by a bunch of guys in college, and I understand that one of them is now using the money he makes to put himself through Stanford. This is no behemoth, impersonal corporation.
Anyway, I signed up, and I can’t rave enough about these guys.
Here are some high points:
My friend David Asprey, co-founder of the Professional Services Division and later Director of Strategy for Exodus Communications (for a time the largest web hoster in the world) says, “I have been hosting for almost 7 months with DreamHost; they are the best hoster for the money, hands down.”
The lowest-price plan is $8/month for
Two steps up, the plan I have is $20/month for
They used to guarantee the same features and price for the life of your account. But that wasn’t great enough, so they put in place a program to heap on extra disk space and bandwidth every week, while holding the price the same. When they did this, on July 6, 2005, they retroactively upped everyone’s accounts, pro-rated for how long they’ve been with DreamHost, up to one year. Then on August 31, boom! They doubled my disk space! Then again. And again. So my disk space is now 79.200GB and my bandwidth is 2,256GB! I tell ya, I love these guys! (Of course, almost no one uses all of this, even me. They have to hype these numbers like everyone else to compete.)