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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2007

    Anyone with DreamPress experience?


    I'm looking for a new host for my main blog. I'm with Eleven2 at the moment, but I feel like preparing my website for the months ahead as I try to make it more active and lively again.

    In about a couple of months, I expect to see around 2,000 - 5,000 visitors per day.

    The website is a WordPress blog. Fairly optimized, with about 15 plugins running, most which do just a single task (like Genesis Newsletter, Genesis Featured Widget Enhancements and the like).

    I'm considering DreamPress, but am also on the lookout for the other WordPress-specific webhosts like Synthesis and Pagely. Both are a bit more pricey than DreamPress of Dream Host though.

    If you have any experience with DreamPress or if you can point me elsewhere, then please let me know. I'm willing to shell out about 15-25 to get a good host for this specific blog.

    Eleven2 is in no way a bad host, but I want to use my Shared Hosting account at Eleven2 for other purposes and want to make my main blog extra fast.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
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    I have not used Dreamhost or Dream"Press", but if you are looking for solid service, go with an actual WordPress host, not a host that does WordPress on the side (host/wp or host/wordpress). A host offering WordPress on the side is basically giving you the same service as their regular server.

    A few things to also take into account;

    1. Update everything. Sounds easy but some will go forever and never update anything

    2. Have security plugins in place. WordFence is a good start

    3. Most WP specific hosts use Nginx. Serves pages quickly and uses less resources than the standard Apache/centos/cpanel

    4. Request to have your database optimized.

  3. #3
    I have heard good things about pagely.
    The following guide should help you :
    Softaculous - Auto Installer for cPanel, Direct Admin, InterWorx, Plesk, H-Sphere
    The only Auto Installer that installs 260+ scripts. Install in just ONE STEP!
    Virtualizor - VPS Control Panel supporting OpenVZ, Xen, KVM and has 60+ OS Templates
    Webuzo - Softaculous for the Cloud i.e. Softaculous Standalone

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    If you test DreamPress, please report back to WHT. I'm interested, but it's very unlikely that I'd try this myself.

    My choices would be a SSD-powered host (EuroVPS is close enough to my location), or just any generic cPanel host with good reputation.

    Dreamhost is very good with scripting and automation. I'm sure they can get hardening done - they've got the resources. Their VPS offering can change to nginx with one click. If they're running that service with much lighter loads than their usual front-end boxes, I see the often-saturated network as the biggest potential problem. So the basic building blocks are there, but it's impossible to say if a budget provider can run a solid WordPress hosting service.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    I decided to go with WP Engine. WP Engine seems very good so far. Just a bit pricey. A bit more pricey than I think I can handle with their 1,000 visitors for $1 overage fee if I go beyond my 25,000 visitors (which includes bot visits and all)

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