For literally the past 48 hours we have been unable to access our website. It would look as though it was loading for about 4 minutes then timeout. About three months ago, we mentioned all the problems we had with changing from using WordPress.com to buying our own domain name and finding a host server. I know I’ve been promising some sort of post on ways to make your transition from utilizing a blogging software like WordPress, Blogger and Typepad to self-hosting. Well, here’s your first mutha-f’ing tip (cause I’m still SOOOOOOO mad) and a few more:
#1: DO NOT USE DREAMHOST AS YOUR HOST SERVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#2: Consider spending extra money for a more expensive hosting package.
#3: If you googlebot (the weird computer spider that crawls the web for new content on your site) crawls your site and there’s a timeout, it works against your pagerank (ie: where your site would come up in the google search queue). It just isn’t good in building a strong page rank.
#4: Did I mention consider not using Dreamhost?
We were recommended Dreamhost, but we’ve had more than a couple problems and we are searching for a better host. If you do choose to look into Dreamhost, I would say, maybe get the more expensive hosting package. I have a feeling those packages are obviously better because they do not bundle as many sites on one server or as Dreamhost likes to so “cutely” call it – blingy clusters. I had no idea that the word “blingy cluster” existed before 3 months ago, now it’s become a term I use at least weekly. For example: “Jonny, the fucking mutha fucker blingy clusters at Dreamhost have cause stress on the server we are one again and our site is down!!!!” or, “Jonny, I hate blingy clusters! I hate Dreamhost! Why can’t they fix this fucking ‘blingy cluster’ thing!!!”
This time was the straw that officially broke the camel’s back. I can not take it anymore. We’re packing our bags and leaving the Dreamhost family as are many others. I promise to add a few more hints in future posts. What I need to know from anyone out there – what is the host server you use and are you satisfied with it? HELP!