Forgive me for the interruption in service, but ’twas all for a higher purpose: a belated new beginning for Quebecker.
With the countdown to the 100th post (this one being #96), it became evident that I needed a new webhost.Â Selecting a webhost is a major life decision, and I’ve been putting it off for too long.Â I have high expectations for a hosting company:
- Don’t nickle and dime me (looking at you, Godaddy)
- Give me the tools I need to maintain a site, not some crappy tool developed just for your site
- Give me something to believe in- I’m talking Green hosting or Open Source Software or something
3 simple needs, how hard can it be?
Real hard, as it turns out.
A lengthy search only left me with a few choices, all of which involved compromising one of my requirements.Â Damnit.
I put it out of my mind for a few days, along with going to the doctor and getting my piano tuned.Â While casually browsing the web yesterday, I remembered a colleague mentioning Dreamhost.Â My only knowledge of Dreamhost was that they hosted 1-click WordPress installs, something I’d seen advertised alot.Â This struck me as the Microsoft approach to software, and we all know how well that tends to work.Â Still, I felt obliged to explore the possibility.
2 hours later, my Dreamhost account was established, including a new domain.Â That left me with the task of migrating my WordPress database from a derelict desktop computer to the glitz-and-glam Dreamhost server.Â It wasn’t easy, but I’ll say that my initial estimation of Dreamhost was way off- I had absolutely everything I needed to manipulate my Mysql databases, upload images, setup mail (which is handled by Google Apps), the whole works.
Expect more posts, more action, and more shameless self-plugs.