Confused About Dreamhost PS – Read This

by on August 6th, 2009

I am talking here about fears you may encounter before shifting from Dreamhost shared hosting to Dreamhost PS hosting. If you are on Dreamhost, you might be wondering to upgrade to PS or you might encounter ‘Internal Server Errors’ and slow website performance at some point and in this case you definitely need to upgrade to Dreamhost PS. You and I have Dreamhost panel. In the control panel, it says: Enable Dreamhost PS. Just that.

  • Do you know the cost of Dreamhost PS?
  • Do you know how much often and when you will pay for Dreamhost PS?
  • Do you know how much you will pay for Dreamhost PS every month and plus what?
  • Do you know what you will get inside Dreamhost PS?
  • How you will control resources within Dreamhost PS?
  • How much time it will take to move from shared hosting to Dreamhost PS?
  • How they will decide that how much RAM and server resource you used in whole month?
  • What you will loose during the move?
  • What does Dreamhost PS mean by the word burstable resource?
  • Can you downgrade from Dreamhost PS to shared hosting again or not at all?
  • Should you get just a PS or PS and mySQL PS?

It happened with me. As their control panel does not educate you completely about the process and give you insufficient information about Dreamhost PS for a new user who is not expert. I clicked the button which says: Enable Dreamhost PS, and then after some hours, withdrew the request. Then again I did it finally (tool some courage but I did it) and now I know almost every essential thing I need to know as per my requirement which I am going to share with you so that you can enter this area knowingly that what will be coming next, before you move to Dreamhost PS.

Cost of Dreamhost PS?

There are friendly slider bars for ther RAM and server resource which you control and the change in resource is instant. Adjust the slide bar and it will show you that how much MB you are using and how much cost you will pay for that after a month.

How much often and when you will pay for Dreamhost PS?

It is also simple. I was worried that I will be in panic after every month will be gone and bill arrives and now I have to hurry and pay that bill as soon as possible. Otherwise, PooOOoof! The account has gone. Nop! You get the bill emailed to you after every month and you get a 60 days grace period in which you can pay for that particular month whenever you want.

How much you will pay for Dreamhost PS every month and plus what?

You pay already for your hosting account yearly, right? After you move to Dreamhost PS, you will be paying for only PS resource that you will be using per month and when the year will be complete you will also pay for that yearly cost of hosting account. Hosting cost is different which is yearly paid and the PS resource cost is different which is monthly paid. Less resource for server is 150 MB which costs you $15 currently. If you have a server and a mysql server seperate then add $15 more per month. If you have taken a PS and a mySQL PS then the cost is $30 $24 currently. Move resource up for any particular time and you will be charged for that resource in that time of month and nothing more.

Do you know what you will get inside Dreamhost PS?

It depends what you are requesting. In ‘Enable Dreamhost PS’ section there is ‘enable private server’ and ‘enable private mysql server’. You get one, you will get one. If you get both, you get both and some discount (As mentioned in above paragraph).

Should you get just a PS or PS and mySQL PS?

If you have a busy blog or website, you definitely consider a ‘Private Server’ plus a ‘Private mySQL Server’ for mySQL more stability and availability. Depends on your website and database usage.

How you will control resources within Dreamhost PS?

You can reboot server which takes 3 minutes approx. You can set your server resource and mysql server resource level using slider bars. You get some graphs and bars showing you the resources your website is requiring. You can see how much resource in MB your website is requiring. You can see the peak requirement and adjust resource according to that making sure you have enough. You should visit this area to see how much your website is requiring at daily basis if you run a busy website. As soon as graph will show increase in website resource usage, you will need to readjust resource. Click at following image to enlarge it.

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How much time it will take to move from shared hosting to Dreamhost PS?

One day in most of the cases. Your data won’t break. You will experience a little downtime too (Oh! No… Yeah baby).

How they will decide that how much RAM and server resource you used in whole month?

Now that’s tricky. Okay! What’s this question??? See website usage is going up and down, right? You are moving slider accordingly many time a month. Now the cost depends on your slider indication. It is simple that way that your usage is calculated according to the time you set the slider at some point. If you set the slider for 4000 MB which costs $400.00/month but for an hour and then moved it back, then you will be charged for just that hour for this resource. Do the math. Divide whole thing, and get the cost for 1 hour for 4000 MB if its $400.00/month. I mean you will be constantly changing the resource and they will calculate and divide things and … you get the idea. Simply if you need high resource for one day, do it. You will be charged for that much resource for just that day after calculating its cost for one day, not for whole month. Do resource low for the rest of the month and you will be charged less accordingly. And after month they calculate, measure and add things up and send you bill. I think its clear. Ask me if you are confused yet.

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What you will loose during the move?

Nothing. Little downtime. Same database names, same everything. Its just like site down and then up and all done…Enjoy your new place with fat resources.

What does Dreamhost PS mean by the word burstable resource?

Okay! This is a really cool feature. Suppose you need 800 MB of RAM, and your graph is showing you that at peak time of your website usage, site uses 800 MB RAM then it cools down back. You can set slider to take 419 MB of resources. When your website will be needing more resource, the RAM or resource will burst open and allow itself to expand till 838 MB and nothing will break. The coolest part about it is this, that you will still be charged for 419 MB of resource and not more. Its a benefit that you can use low resource while they allow the resource to expand when needed a bit and do not charge you extra. It is lovely and generous thing by Dreamhost.

Can you downgrade from Dreamhost PS to shared hosting again or not at all?

Okay! Suppose you did not like it. You felt that you were alright at shared hosting just yet. They won’t insist you. You can downgrade whenever you want. But if there will be considerable resource consumption, then they will tell you that you are using way too much resources to be downgraded now to the shared environment back.

These are common things which comes in mind if someone is about to move from shared hosting to Dreamhost PS. Got any more confusion? ask me or read it here and here.

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  1. James Diaz says:

    I know that you can still downgrade from PS to shared even without their consent. You would just need to have a “user” (located on Manage users) which is still on the shared hosting machine.

    Now if you ever decided to drop your domain from PS you can just edit it on the DH Panel > Manage Domains and then Edit the Domain that you want to put back on the shared hosting server just by changing the “Run this domain under the user:…” dropdown menu and then just selecting the user which is still on the Dreamhost Shared server.

    If ever you dont have any other users which are still on the Shared hosting, you can try create a new user and then requesting DH Support to transfer the created user to the shared hosting server.

    Hope that helps

  2. Hiroshi says:

    Do not confuse with the slider bar level up there in image. You just need sufficient amount of memory. Less memory or resources, less cost.

  3. Hiroshi says:

    @Harsh Agrawal: “selecting a host is always a headache for anyone”. You are absolutely right. Its a headache. I have been moving from hosts and lost much back some years. No root access means no breaking things. Not everybody is familiar with the root stuff. I do not need root access. Many users do not need. And sometimes there is a cost to low hosting resource. So in my opinion better spend some money and get good host. Any busy blog has to move to Private Server or VPS anyhow. You know there is a cost for disk space and bandwidth also, at many hosts. With Dreamhost you get unlimited resources even at shared hosting. When on PS, you still get unlimited disk storage and bandwidth. Only your server goes strong as you add up RAM to it. And you are alone there at your server. Secure and more responsive. Dreamhost is Unix based environment and is more secure too.

  4. I have a busy blog and I have been constantly getting email and offer from them , before this the only thing which I was aware of with Dreamhost is no root access to PS which is eliminated now…
    But if I will look at your review closely I think it’s better to stay away or select some VPS which is much better..or I will go for reseller account which is again cheap compare to the kind of resource I’m gng to use..
    honestly selecting a host is always a headache for anyone….