Some Solid Hosting Advice

Rouge Amoeba has a post up with some pretty solid advice on things to consider with a web host. This whole topic was spurred by the scheduled power outage at Dreamhost.com that went terribly wrong.

I found this particularly interesting since I was one of the many people who got caught up in Dreamhost’s outage. This site was down for what seemed like the better part of Saturday and Sunday. I was still seeing some intermittent flakiness Sunday night and Monday morning with the mysql server.

A look at the comments on Dreamhost’s status blog shows that there are a lot of really pissed off people about this.

I does really suck to have your site down for a prolonged period of time. That said, I’m not really very pissed off about this. I pay about $8 a month for the service. I get everything I could want to play with. They are very responsive and fast with the changes and updates. Also, I get almost unlimited bandwidth. I don’t really see much to complain about here.

If I was hosting a commercial site where I was relying on income from the actual website, I would be panicked. Then again, if I was running a commercial site, I probably wouldn’t be hosting it with Dreamhost. In web hosting, reliability is what costs the big bucks.

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