How to Install WordPress on Dreamhost Webserver

WordPress installation on DreamHost is very easy. You just need to select One Click installation Apps and you will get the WordPress blog ready for your selected domain.

Follow the steps below to install WordPress:

  1. Login to DreamHost control panel.
  2. It will take you to the next screen, click on the One-Click Installs menu on the left sidebar. Or you can use Free Website Software menu under the Let’s Get Started! screen.
  3. Next, click on WordPress, it will pop-up one screen that will show you two ways to install WordPress. (See the image below)
  4. As per the below screen shot, you can select the Simple Installation or Custom Installation of WordPress. In Custom Installation DreamHost gives you a facility to select database for WordPress or it will automatically create for you.  In Simple Installation you can install WordPress in sub-domain by selecting your domain also.

    Example : For custom installation  http://mydomain.com/blog/
    For simple installation http://blog.mydomain.com

  5. After that selecting either custom or simple installation process and then click on Install it for me now! . It will install WordPress for your selected domain. Note: Before clicking on install, cross check the things that you mentioned in the fields 🙂
  6. You can find the further process of accessing WordPress and other information in Support History menu under the Support option. (See the image below).

This way you can install WordPress for your selected domain. Check out  more user guides on How to use WordPress.

Link : Signup With Dreamhost

50$ Discount Coupon Dreamhost Webhosting June 2010

Like last month, we are back with Dreamhost WordPress web hosting 50$ discount coupons. Dreamhost provides you Shared and VPS web hosting with lots of other features, few of them are:

  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Unlimited domain hosting
  • Google apps Integrated
  • 1 Click WordPress installation
  • 75$ Worth free Google Adwords credit ( Valid for US citizens )
  • 1 Free domain
  • 24*7 Customer support

With all above features Dreamhost can be a good choice for web hosting. The real price of Dreamhost web hosting for 1 year is 119$ per year .But using the Dreamhost discount coupon, you can get discount of 50$ and thus you can start your blog at just 69$/year. Apart from this you will also get one free domain and 75$ worth Google Adwords credit.

So, grab the golden opportunity to sign up Dreamhost and check out the Sing up link below.

Sign up Link with 50$ discount

Do share your insight about Dreamhost Webhosting.

50$ Discount Coupon Dreamhost Webhosting May 2010

We are back with discount coupons for Dreamhost Webhosting for this month.

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Devils’ Workshop was hosted on Dremahost until we moved to unmanaged VPS some time back to manage our rtBlogs network.  We really had great experience with Dreamhost Webhosting and thus want our  readers to take advantage of it. Just for the info, with this discount coupon you will also be getting 1 free domain name. There are many features which are useful for bloggers, such as:

  • Unlimited Domain hosting
  • Unlimited FTP account
  • SSH access
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Free Who.is Guard
  • Free Domain name
  • cPanel migratory

Dreamhost provide you webhosting services with good features that too in very reasonable price.

Like earlier month, this month also we are providing Dreamhost webhosting 50$ discount coupons. This coupon will help you to get 50$ when you sign up for 1 year of hosting with Dreamhost. The real price of 1 year hosting costs 119$ but using the discount coupon link given below, you will able to start your WordPress blog with just 69$ for one year. With this you will also get one free domain and 75$ worth Google Adwords credit and 1 Free domain name.

You can signup with Dreamhost Webhosting and get discount with this

Signup Link.

Do let us know what do you think about Dreamhost Webhosting.

Dreamhost Webhosting 50$ Discount Code April 2010

Seems like we are running late with our monthly discount coupons post. I didn’t posted thisdreamhost on 1st April because I don’t wanted you guys to take this big discount code as joke. So here is one of our Favorite webhosting Dreamhost  discount coupon for the month of April 2010.

Before we give away the discount coupon, here are few features of Dreamhost Webhosting:

  • Free Domain name
  • Unlimited Domain hosting
  • Unlimited FTP account
  • SSH access
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Free Who.is Guard
  • cPanel migrator

One year of Dreamhost hosting costs 119$ and with this 50$ discount coupon you will be paying only 69$ along with one free domain + 75$ worth Google adwords credit. If you wish to buy domain away from webhosting, you can buy it from Ilovethisdomain.

Signup Link With 50$ discount coupon

Do let us know which Web-hosting do you prefer and why?

Dreamhost Controller : Dreamhost App for your Desktop

Dreamhost is one of the top service in the Webhosting industry. We at Devils’ Workshop made use of Dreamhost hosting services back in 2007. High uptime of their servers and Dedicated support staff make them one of the top notch in the industry!
Dreamhost controller is an Adobe AIR application that makes use of Dreamhost APIs, bringing almost all the functionality of the APIs to your desktop. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. If you are hosting your website on Dreamhost servers, then this app can help you easily manage your hosting right from your desktop.

The various functionalities that can be performed with the app are-

  • Rebooting private servers
  • Adding DNS records
  • Viewing announcement lists
  • Viewing domains list
  • Viewing users
  • Viewing PS Server Usage
  • Graphs on PS Server

Here are a few screenshots of the Desktop app-

Landing screen

Check Load on the server

Install the Desktop app

To run the app on your system, you need to install Adobe AIR on your system first.
Download Dreamhost Controller from Webdigi website.
Developed by a London based Web Development company, source code for Webdigi Dreamhost Controller project is publically on google Code. If you are a developer, you can contribute to Dreamhost Controller Project here.

You can use Dreamhost Discount Coupon March 2010 to get maximum discount at Dreamhost.

Dreamhost Discount Coupon March 2010

Like every month we are giving 50$ discount coupon to Devils’ workshop readers, so thatdreamhost-offer they can start their WordPress blog or any other website at as low as 69$/year.

Before we give sign-up link and discount code for Dreamhost , here are some of the features of Dreamhost webhosting.

Dreamhost provides you with Shared and VPS web hosting. You can use the link given at the bottom to get 50$ discount and 1 free domain.

Features of Dreamhost Webhosting

  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Unlimited domain hosting
  • Google apps Integrated
  • 1 Click WordPress installation
  • 75$ Worth free Google adwords credit
  • 1 Free domain
  • 24*7 Customer support

There are not the only features, but we stripped down the most comment and asked features which dreamhost provide.

Signup Link for 50$ discount

Dreamhost Webhosting 50$ discount Coupon Feb 2010

It’s been long we have posted any thing about Shared hosting Dreamhost. Devil’sworkshop was hosted on Dreamhost fordreamhost long before moving to dedicated server. Though till now we recommend Dreamhost to our readers and therefore we have decided to come up with our monthly discount coupons post for Dreamhost.

This month Dreamhost discount coupon code will get you 50$ discount when you sign up for 1 year of hosting with them. Usually Dreamhost 1 year hosting will cost 119$ and using link at the bottom, you will be paying 69$ for one year of hosting.

Along with 1 year of hosting, Dreamhost offer 1 free domain with Free who.is guard. Here are some of the features of Dreamhost Webhosting :

  • 1 Free domain name
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Unlimited FTP account
  • SSH access
  • 75$ Worth Google Adwords coupon
  • One click WordPress installation
  • One Click Google apps integration
  • 24*7 Customer support

You can sign up for Dreamhost for the link given below to avail 50$ discount.

Sign up for Dreamhost

Why Dreamhost PS is a Pathetic Server – 5 Reasons

dreamhost-sucks-1More than a month ago, I received a warning from Dreamhost about high CPU usage for our service OrkutFeeds. That complain had a suggestion about moving to Dreamhost PS(Private Server).

We pulled down Orkutfeeds for more than a week and brought it back with caching support which reduced load by more than 80%.

Still, as we were planning to move to VPS hosting anyways, we decided to give a try to Dreamhost PS. I was very sure since a  long time that Mediatemple would be the best choice for VPS, but I decided to try Dreamhost PS keeping in mind 2 years of happy hosting experience with them. And that’s where I made a big mistake.

I still like and recommend Dreamhost’s shared hosting plan and will continue to use it for some of our sites. But just don’t ever think of going for Dreamhost PS.

Why Dreamhost PS is Pathetic Server

1. Why no root access?

They say, “no root access means no breaking of things”. But with root access, there are many tasks which an experienced webmaster can do on his own, saving his time as well as the time of support staff of the webhosting company.

I seriously think a customer must have an option to enable root access. Who gave them right to make a choice for us?

2. Why separate PS servers for Apache and mysql?

I honestly doubt if Dreamhost is truly offering a VPS i.e. virtual private server. They want you to buy separate servers to run apache (web server) and mysql (database server).

In an ideal VPS environment, you will be allocated a virtual dedicated server, where you run apache, mysql and everything on same server. Why can’t Apache, mysql and other program share same memory? They are running together on Mediatemple and on almost every other VPS hosting available out there.

3. Too many technical problems. FTP was always down.

This might have happened specifically to us. FTP was down for almost all the time since we moved to Dreamhost. Surprisingly, SSH/SFTP are working for same user names and passwords. I know FTP and SFTP uses different ports but why kill FTP only, all the time!

Personally, I use SCP/SFTP commands to transfer files form my machine to/from server so I could live with it. But it was quite embarrassing to have friends/clients calling me all over the week complaining about FTP downtime. It really hurts to face wrath of your clients specially when its not your fault at all. By the way, FTP is still down for us.

4. WordPress Super Caching plugins doesn’t work

On Dreamhost PS, even time to load your site significantly improves, it is good idea to use caching plugins wp-super cache. This plugin can help your blog survive traffic spikes caused by Digg, slashdot, etc. upto some extent.

But if you enable such plugin, your blog’s load time will go from few seconds to a minutes or two! Surprisingly this fact is documented in Dreamhost wiki as well. A very bad news for WordPress bloggers.

5. PS for Pathetic Support

One thing I have always loved about Dreamhost since day 1 is their support. Quite contrary to our expectations, PS customer, who pay much more, get pathetic support. My support tickets marked with highest priority went unanswered for more than 24 hours.

Although once my query were answered, replies used to contain relevant and decent amount of information, much like the old days. But it wasn’t good enough to compensate for delay in answering support tickets.

Leaving Dreamhost PS is another nightmare

I initially signed up for both, apache and mysql PS. As number of problems I was facing continuously rising up, I decided to cancel both of them.

At that point they said my memory usage and CPU usage were too high for apaches server to move it back to shared hosting environment and they can cancel only mysql PS. I said OK and made another mistake.

Here is what they did…

  • Goal was to move all databases from private mysql server to shared mysql server.
  • On shared mysql server, they found a database by another user having same name as one of our database. In short there was a conflict.
  • They irresponsibly renamed our database to resolve conflict. They didn’t informed us about this at all.

This smart move by them, brought our entire blog-network down for hours as all blogs in blog-network uses one database which they renamed. We were scratching our heads, crossing-checking database config options on all sites, opening highest priority tickets but all went into vein. Just by luck, I noticed in phpMyAdmin that database name all blogs were trying to connect was changed and fixed it myself. Otherwise with their approach Devils Workshop and few more sites would have remained down for straight 36 hours!

Here is what they should have done to resolve name-conflict…

  • First no one can be held responsible for creating that conflict.
  • Now if renaming database is the only solution, this must be done by website owner/administrator.
  • They (Dreamhost) should have emailed me asking me to rename database which can avoid breaking my websites.

This is not all. The worst is yet to come…

  • On lines of database, they renamed some tables also. Now this seems highly absurd. Because table names can not conflict practically.
  • Also while doing export-import from one of their server to another server, they messed up big time corrupting important mysql tables. I don’t know what exactly they did, but first solution which worked was restoring some tables form old database backup. This used to work for sometime and then needed to repeat again in few hours! This is where we lost few draft posts and comments.

There are many other issues like the way Dreamhost calculates websites memory requirement is suspicious. Our heavy trafic sites hosted on MediaTemple is consuming around 40% of allocated 256MB physical + 400MB swap memory. While on Dreamhost sites demanding 400MB physical memory to server less than 2K pageviews daily. FYI, sites on Mediatemple serves more than 10K pageviews daily.

So where to go…

Dreamhost PS is insanely wrong choice but Dreamhost shared hosting still rocks. Few things I can still say for Dreamhost are,

  • They are not after your money. As an example, when they found they could not moved us back from PS to shared hosting, they gave us flat $15/month discount which is minimum charge for Dreamhost PS.
  • They really have intelligent support staff. I think support team is more trained for shard hosting environment. Also, they might have reduced size of support team in tough time of recession. What I expected is a dedicated team for PS customers. They are paying more so they deserve more attention.
  • One thing I miss at MediaTemple and I will always miss is simple and light-weight control panel Dreamhost provides. Most other companies use off the shelf free cPanel or commercial Plesk. Neither of them comes even close to Dreamhost’s self-developed control panel.

There are many good reasons because of which I still recommend Dreamhost shared hosting. If  you are a new guy, you can safely start with Dreamhost shared hosting and when you site grows you can move to a true VPS solution like Mediatemple.

I will write another guide on moving from Dreamhost to MediaTemple with zero downtime soon. In our case, apart from Dreamhost PS’s own downtime, migration carried out with practically zero downtime, including DNS updates.

That’s all for the day. If you any question about web-hosting, please ask via comments.

(image credit: Slang A Beat)

[Disclaimer: Views expressed in this post are based on my own experience. If you search over Internet, you will see posts talking about good and bad sides of almost every webhosting. So be careful while choosing a webhost. One wrong choice can cost you lots of time & money.]

DreamHost Valentines Day Offer: 92% Off On Hosting Plans!

In our last post we posted about a hosting offer by Surpass Hosting, that came out with a valentines day offer and started offering 1 year hosting with 500 GB of disk space just for just $1 (more about the offer is here). There are Valentines Day promotions going on in many other hosting companies too, so why should our favorite host – DreamHost be left behind in the race?

dreamhost_logo As many of you wanted, DreamHost too, has come up with an exciting promotion on this occasion wherein you get a discount of upto 92% in their 1 Year unlimited hosting plans. 🙂

Quick highlights of this offer

  • Unlimited Disk space and unmetered bandwidth for an year
  • As of now, offer Valid only for a day (14th of February)
  • Get upto 92% off on your hosting bill
  • Get a free domain along with
  • Everything for just $9.24
  • Use the promo code “777”

Again this offer is simply awesome, but I guess, this time too I will have to miss this offer because I don’t have a credit card and DreamHost accepts payment only via Google checkout that needs a credit card. 🙁 But guys like me not having a credit card can go for surpass hosting that accepts PayPal payment. 🙂

Well, if you are planning to go for this DreamHost offer, then do not forget to enter the promo code “777

Link: DreamHost

Related: Get Web Hosting For $1 for an Year

Get Web Hosting For $1 For an Year! [Valentine Offer]

surpass hosting Web hosting for an year that too for just $1! Sounds pretty interesting, isn’t it? I would say, hosting for an year that too from a reputed web-host is a superb deal. This offer is only for three days between 14th and 16th February by Surpass Hosting. The usual shared hosting plan by Surpass that costs around $4-7 per month will be offered for just $1 on the occasion of Valentines day. 😉

The features of this plan are as follows:

  • 500 GB Disk Space
  • Hosting of a maximum of 10 domains
  • Unmetered Bandwidth

So what else do you want? I think 500 GB of disk space with unlimited bandwidth for just $1 is really too good plan to go for, though I cannot say much about its services as we are with Dreamhost. But when consulted with friends, the review of Surpass hosting was not bad as well. I am sure, our dear host – Dreamhost too, would come up with something amazing like it had previously – Dreamhost’s New Year Sale – Get 95% off on Unlimited Plans!

Well, if you are planning to go for this plan by Surpass hosting, then I would advise you to arrange $1 in your PayPal account in advance.

Thanks Prashanth for the tip. 🙂

Links: Surpass Shared Hosting for $1

Related: Get Unlimited Storage & Bandwidth with Dreamhost