Dreamhost Doesn’t Play Well with Magento (Even Version 1.1.3)
You Would think that maybe I learned something when I posted the first time about this. Well, I thought I would try again. Since my last post, Magento had a series of updates. The current version being V 1.1.3. I figured that maybe there were some improvements in speed since the release, so I foolishly installed version 1.1.3 on Dreamhost.
Same crap, different day:
And I was surprised? Well, in all fairness to Dreamhost (and Magento) I think it went a little faster, in the beginning, but definitely not fast enough for the casual (shared server) user.
The Reason I tried again was that my former boss, my friend and I are starting a Board Game Website called Empire Board Games. We don’t exactly have a bottomless budget, much on the contrary actually, so we figured that Dreamhost was a more cost effective solution. I wish I wouldn’t have given it another go. Now the website is 90% ready for launch, but how do you launch a website that is slower than a 90 year old lady scooting across the street in her Jazzy? You don’t! Now I have to go through the painful process of transferring the domain from Dreamhost to SimpleHelix. It’s really not all that painful. I’ll detail the process in a later post. It just takes time that I’m not in the mood to take.
About SimpleHelix: I just upgraded my plan from my personal plan to the standard plan. The standard plan lets you have up to 10 domains under that hosting account. Sidenote: Each additional domain costs $7.95. – Not a bad price. So now I’m paying like $250 annually or something like that. $250 sounds like a lot, but when you’re charging your clients $50.00 + annually just for hosting it ads up pretty quick. $50.00 * (5 clients) = $250.00. The rest is profit.
My suggestion to anybody wondering what to do about hosting Magento: Go with SimpleHelix in the beginning and save yourself the hassle.