For a popular wordpress powered blog you need PHP virtual private server or dedicated private server. Dreamhost dedicated server and virtual private server are great choices for growing blogs. We also use Dreamhost virtual private server hosting and we have published this website host review earlier. Dreamhost hosting is reliable. Dreamhost VPS has been powerful virtual private server for our wordpress blogs. Private web server allows you to expand resources as your blog demands. Private server hosting is not cheap so it should be managed by you at regular basis according to your website/blog needs otherwise you will have to pay extra bucks every month that your website never used. Dreamhost shared server is also powerful enough to bear a blog’s load. When you need performance and there comes a phase when your blog attracts hundreds of users at the same time, then you need to shift towards VPS hosting or PS hosting where you can scale resources as you need. Dreamhost offered a slider to increase or decrease resources of PS as you need them which also affected at monthly costs. In Dreamhost Panel there was no indication or alert of exact resources blog uses at that specific time except for a graph. Then Dreamhost changed their system and things became a bit dodgy. We had to always keep slider a little more than the graph measurements. On asking they said that some portion of resources (swap) is needed by the system that is why you need to keep it a little bit higher than the graph details. Now they have modified the system and its good to find improvement in how we can manage our PS resources.
Recently Dreamhost made some changes in their PS resources. The customers who have Virtual Private Server resources can adjust the slider from their PS resources section to cop with heavy site usage issues. Previously they had the same stuff but with an indication of burstable resources. I mean if you slide your resources to any point, It would indicate that you have ‘this much’ extra burstable resources in case your site needs it. Now this feature is gone permanently. On asking their support they told that burstable resources are still there, its just they eliminated that indication so that users may not get confused. Previously my PS resources were showing me huge consumption and I had adjusted the slider a little higher. I noticed that the graph in PS resources section dropped at considerable amount. On asking the support they told me that they have adjusted their servers to handle memory usage in an even better way.
This question arises in your mind when you face a conflict in case when you are at shared server environment but sometimes you feel that traffic is getting higher and website sometimes goes less responsive. You think that it is not a perfect time just yet, to move. Let the traffic be more and then you will move to ‘Private Server’. Some people even wait for Webhost to warn them about their heavy usage and need to upgrade. Read on to know some interesting facts which will help you to decide.
Nothing is perfect or vital forever in this world. Sometimes somethings are good for some people but are bad at the same time for others. Dreamhost is a great host but here are some facts that might bother some people. I think its no big deal. They can consider about these points.
When you have decided to move to ‘Private Server’, there are some important factors you should care about. Give these things a thought.
- How much downtime you will be experiencing?
- Have you made a maintainence mode page to show your visitors that website is under maintainence?
- What if anything breaks?
- Have you taken back up of databases and website scripts?
- Have you disabled some specific plugins which could cause problem later on when you are there?
If you are a Dreamhost Webhost user and at shared server environment then it might be confusing for you to decide when you should move to Dreamhost PS. You need to know the particular indications by your website or blog when you should realize that it is time. Even then you can see if you can do anything with your files, scripts and data to minimize some resources and stay at shared server environment. Its worth it to save every single buck while you can. In my opinion when there is no other way then you should move to Private Server, doesn’t matter at what server you currently are. You can panic fairly earlier and decide to move to Private Server while you could save some money yet. Private Server costs a bit more. It has benefits, but you should know your need. Let me point out indications which show need to move to Private Server and how to check that you can do anything to stay put just yet or there is no other way but to upgrade your hosting account.
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?
You are just on Dreamhost PS. It means that you spent some quality time and your website made some progress. You faced some problems with the website performance and turned to support and they told you to move to Dreamhost PS. You did. Good enough. You have got cool graphs and all these bars which scare you now by showing some quality rise in the RAM and CPU usage. Here you want to customize and change things a little bit to keep the RAM usage for your server down to save some bucks every month. Some stuff relating to plugins here can apply to any other web host also.