Automatic Installation with DreamHost (30 posts)

  1. DreamHost, my personal favorite in webhosting, is now offering automatic WordPress installation through their control panel. Best of all, it's not Fantastico (which means, [hopefully] no stupid errors)! The admins over at DreamHost coded this automatic installer themselves and it's pretty well integrated into their system. From the installation window, you can choose your blog directory or create a new one, and choose an existing MySQL database or create a new one. After that, just hit the button, it's installed, and your admin password is emailed directly to you.
    For those who don't know, DreamHost is well worth the small amount of $. Just a few short specs:
    2 GB disk space
    192BG/month bandwidth (yes, that is per-month bandwidth, and it is gigabytes)
    Unlimited MySQL databases
    Unlimited email support (with avg. 24hr wait time)
    All for $19.95/month

  2. Anonymous
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Fantastico has been completely flawless for me, ever since it installed WordPress 1.2.1. (Also having the option of installing a number of other scripts).
    SurpassHosting is better, by the by. :)

  3. Only if you're looking at disk space. Sure, DreamHost only give you 2 gigs and Surpass gives you 3, but Surpass only gives you 75GB bandwidth, while DreamHost gives you 192. Plus, DreamHost give you a free domain name, Surpass doesn't.

  4. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    75GB / 192GB a month ?
    Surely figures like that are just the hosts playing stupid numbers ?
    If every one of their hosted sites went to 74.99GB in a month, their servers would not cope surely ?

  5. Anonymous
    Posted 10 years ago #

    As a tried and true member, DreamHost is the best. They are fast and friendly, and they install cool stuff like this blog system. Besides that, they have a sense of humor that huge hosting companies don't have. I will grant that, surpass is cheaper for more diskspace, but many of their features seem like hoopla (I mean "Flash Support"--that's not a feature; visitors web browsers "support" flash)
    and dreamhost has a great rewards program:
    [link removed]

  6. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    So you post anonymously, yet leave a referrer link ?

  7. trevorturk
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I use dreamhost and I loves it much.

  8. Well, since we appear to be in the habit of posting referral links, take your pick. ^_^

  9. Anonymous
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Hey there fellow WPressers...
    How easy will it be for me to move my site from Bloghosts to Dreamhost? A friend of mine moved from Bloghosts to Total Choice Hosting (which uses cPanel) and it was an extremely easy process. Will it be fairly easy with Dreamhosts? Or are cPanel to cPanel moves just much easier? I like what I hear about Dreamhosts but I'm wondering if it may just not be worth the hassle (esp. since I am technically-challenged).

  10. It'll be no problem at all. Just move the files, change wp-config.php to reflect your new MySQL database, and follow the backup/restore tutorial to move your database, then change a few things in the database by following the other two tutorials.

  11. Anonymous
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Thanx, macmanx....
    I was hoping you could tell me whether these are essentially the same steps for moving my site to media temple. I actually bought space from them and now i'm thinking about moving to dream host based on this thread (and http://photomatt.net/2004/12/07/wordpress-and-dreamhost/>this). but i may just decide to stay with my new media temple account if it's not too difficult to install.
    let me know what you think.

  12. Yep, those steps will work for any move.

  13. blueorder
    Posted 10 years ago #


    I've been thinking of going with Dreamhost. Their packages are unbelievable and now with their new year specials...

    How is their reliability? Have you used their IMAP email?

  14. They are very reliable, but some things are quircky right now because they're updating/replacing quite a bit of hardware. Their IMAP email is very reliable, but be prepared to see a delivery delay of 30 minutes if you use their anti-spam function.

  15. Missychele
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Just thought I'd pop in and recommend DreamHost as well. Their service is wonderful. And, the WP install is a breeze. Just click a button or two and it's there.

  16. blueorder
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I've been using 1.5b1 (and earlier alphas) and I'm just going to transfer it to Dreamhost once I decide to get it...

  17. blueorder
    Posted 10 years ago #

    One last question about Dreamhost...

    Do they have phpmyadmin available or would it be something I would have to install?... And, I am guessing from the posts above that Dreamhost doesn't have CPanel.

    Just curious about CPanel as I've never used it but Phpmyadmin would be nice to import/manage by DB...

  18. zipzap
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I'm using WP version 1.2 and my site is hosted by Dreamhost. I am eager to upgrade to WP 1.5 and I've been looking at the upgrade info here:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Upgrading_WordPress. I have no clue how to backup my database. All my other files have been backed up locally, it's just the database backup that scares me.

    Any help is appreciated...

  19. lbessant

    Posted 10 years ago #

    Podz has some very useful instructions: http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/backup/.

    You will find PHP admin through your DH Panel - go to Goodies, MySQL, then click on your database.

    Les (yet another happy DH customer...)

  20. fuzzy_logic
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Wow both surpass and dreamhost has some CHEAP plans man. I'm currently hosting with http://www.asmallorange.com and it's 5 bucks a month for 400MB and 10GB BW. That looks pathetic now compared to surpass and dreamhost. Oh well...

  21. Root
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I am looking at DH as well. The bit that caught my eye was cron jobs. Yay :)

  22. zipzap
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Thanks, Les! I successfully backed up my dbase using DH's MySQL panel. I'm so proud of myself. :)

    Now I feel safe doing the rest of the WP upgrade.

  23. myisha
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Surpass is pretty good I've been there for about a year. Dreamhost seems sweet!! but the 49.99 setup fee isn't I didn't pay anything to sign up with surpass..It's too expensive I couldn't afford it. I'm planning doing being a resellers anyways they don't resellers plans. It's worth other folks looking into though ,but not for me right now..

  24. DreamHost doesn't offer "reseller plans", because they allow you to be a reseller on any plan. ^_-

  25. myisha
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Oh Ok..LOL I get ya :)

  26. stratzero
    Posted 10 years ago #

    since I seemed to have found the testimonial thread...

    I've been with Dreamhost for a couple years now and have not once had a negative experience with them. Their customer communication is outstanding, and their service is awesome as well. As long as I've been paying them, I've had the lowest-cost plan, and the features on it have been upgraded many times (disk space, bandwidth, etc, etc) but the cost never has. If I have to email them about something, the reply comes fast, and if they are having problems on their end, they keep you updated until it's fixed and then they tell you exactly what happened, what they did to fix it, and what they've done to prevent a recurrence. Two sub-etha thumbs up for DH.

  27. Tolana
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Just in case anyone needs another reason to try DreamHost:
    They have a sale (I don't know how long it's been going on) - half off the "Code Monster" package, which has the following stats for the life of your membership: (these are the things that attracted me to this plan)

    Storage: 7.68 Gb
    Bandwidth: 192 Gb
    MySQL: unlimited
    Hosting: 15 domains, 75 subdomains
    1 free domain name
    Quicktime streaming
    Passworded directories
    Crontab access
    Full Unix shell
    Canned CGI

    I'm not a reseller; compare their plans for yourself:

  28. mahalie
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Dreamhost - addicted. 5+ years of bliss. Their newsletter is hilarious too. PhPAdmin...already installed, btw.

    They have a new wiki for support in the works, like the WordPress Codex. All in all a good marriage...since there are a lot of WP users at Dreamhost their server-related forums can be a big help, too.

    Since macmanx recently switched to BlueHost because he doesn't like running PHP as CGI, I'll go ahead an toss in my referrer link in case you want to sign up with Dreamhost.

    The referrer bonuses are awesome - I've referred quite a few people and pay very little for a great big package. I suggested to Dreamhost a while back that they consider setting up a referrer name for 'wordpress' so when you sign up with them they donate the referral booty to WordPress. They haven't done that yet, but if you refer me I promise to donate to WordPress on your behalf ;o)

  29. Since macmanx recently switched to BlueHost because he doesn't like running PHP as CGI

    That and I desperately need allow_url_fopen() functionality, but I'll still recommend DreamHost to anyone asking.

  30. FatherLuke
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Personal Bias against Dreamhost, but that was my experience. Your mileage may vary. They have faithfulls on both sides of the fence, Good and bad. Mine unfortunately was bad and I am a sworn enemy for life.

    I am now with BlueHost and because of the allow_url_fopen() functionality, I am seriously considering:


    Plus, A small Orange has 24 hour customer service via e-mail.

    Literally, while I was on the phone with BlueHost, I dropped an e-mail to A Small Orange, they replied, and then I asked another question, they responded to that and BlueHost still had me on hold. And ity was the exact same question.

    Plus, A Small Orange are a wee bit less expensive.

    Again. . . caveat emptor. Your mileage may vary.

    Father Luke

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