Update: Dreamhost is still having problems, although not as bad as yesterday. So I just signed up for CloudFlare. Once the nameserver changes get propagated it will help keep us online by displaying cached pages if Dreamhost goes down again. It should also make our web pages load quicker and provide some additional protection against hackers.
MachinistBlog is hosted on Dreamhost and they had problems, which they still haven’t explained, which caused us to be unreachable for about 16 hours today (Sunday). I’ve been buying web hosting services since 1995 and they’ve been by far the most unreliable one I’ve ever done business with. On the other hand, their support’s been good and they provide unlimited bandwidth and disk space for about $9 per month. However, we get so much traffic that I’ve had to upgrade to a Virtual Private Server (VPS) to get more memory and computing power. The VPS is currently costs an additional $35-$40 per month and that amount will continue to increase along with our readership.
I’ve already been looking at alternatives but I’m not close to making any changes. If I had the time to be my own system administrator I’d switch to Linode as my host. I’ve also been looking at CloudFlare and wondering if I can use Amazon’s “cloud” to carry some of the load. If you have any suggestions I’d like to hear them.