I Dream of Bandwidth

If you’ve been to this site recently, you saw a big fat 509 error.

Apparently my number of hits per day had spiked around the middle of April. To make matters worse, I had inadvertently disabled the rules that I had in place that deny hotlinking from MySpace. It didn’t take long before my site was a mess.

Let me tell you about my (now former) webhost. It’s not that they’re “bad”. They’re very friendly, and largely competent. However, they were absurdly expensive. I was paying $20/month for 1 GB of storage and 16 GB of bandwidth. As a reseller account, I had another 1 GB of storage to be shared between all of my sub-accounts, and another 16 GB of bandwidth for them all to share.

Overall, that’s 1GB/16GB (1 GB of space, 16 of transfer) for me and 1GB/16GB for my clients, for $20/month.

By contrast, with DreamHost, I get 20GB of storage, and 1 TB of transfer, for $10/month. (You can get it for $8/month if you sign up for 2 years at once.) That’s 20 times the storage, and 64 times the bandwidth, (along with Ruby on Rails, shell access, crontab, PHP5, WebDav, the list goes on) for half the price. To make the deal sweeter, I found a promo code to knock the price for a full year down into the $25 range.

If you decide to sign up for DH, use the promo code IZS92 to save $92. (Yes, I get a kick-back–each time someone uses that code, I get $5. Yes, it’s totally legal–DreamHost encourages promo codes because they generate more business.)

If you have a website, and you pay for hosting, DreamHost is better. They’re not paying me to say this. I’m really just that impressed.

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