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September 2013 Newsletter


Appreciate this vacuum!

True HEPA filtration.

Turns on a dime.

Cyclone technology.

Unparalleled suction.

It's the DreamSucker 9000, and it is yours.

Perhaps your parents bought you a vacuum after college, or perhaps you bought one secondhand at a vacuum shop. It is no matter.

Those vacuums are in the past; their origins are of no consequence!

The DreamSucker 9000 is here, it is now, and it is very real.

As you glide the DreamSucker 9000 effortlessly around your home's impressive mixture of hardwoods, travertine tile, low-pile carpeting, and shag area rugs, you may find yourself losing your grip on reality.

The DreamSucker 9000 will make you question everything you thought you knew about vacuums and their relationship with humanity.

Indeed, the DS9K was engineered to feel like an extension of your own body! You may note how your arm now feels slightly heavier and much suckier than the one you woke up with this morning. That's no accident, Friend!

Right now this all may feel like a dream come true.

You may be tempted to compare it to a "magic carpet ride."

You may even find yourself wishing you had more carpet because, truly, the DreamSucker 9000 transforms the simple art of vacuuming your home into a treat to be savored.

I've seen that look on your face many times - on many faces.

These are all good thoughts to have!

Beware, however. It would be tempting to follow this cyclone of debris-filled jubilation down a very different path - a very dark path.

This feeling of euphoria is real, but it will not last forever. In time it will fade, and it will disappear.

This may not happen overnight. It may not happen in a month.

But it will go away.

"I don't want to vacuum these damned carpets again" you'll say.

The DreamSucker 9000, far from being your liberator, will have become your tormentor - an inescapable symbol of domestic drudgery - and the moment that you make that realization you'll have hit rock bottom.

I'm not saying you shouldn't have fun. You should! You seem like a good person and you deserve to have a good time.

...but you should keep your distance.

This can only end in heartbreak if you're not careful.

For now, though, enjoy the vacuum. Let it suck the crap out of your carpets.

While you're doing that, we'll be busy doing the hosting and cloud storage thing.

And not sucking!


Simon Says... (Written by CEO Simon Anderson!)

Today is the day I said "what the heck", or something like that, one too many times. My door was open, my mind was open, but there were just too many inputs clamoring - or complaining - for my attention. I was tired of it all. So I just said it. And it felt GOOD.

Now you may be thinking "Whoa, that's not a way to deal with a crappy day, or start a newsletter". But let's not pretend that this weighty tome has high standards or shies away from raw truth. We pride ourselves on getting down to the root cause, the bare facts, the mundane reality of it all.

But I want to share with you all that its really OK to be frustrated some times. Mad with each other, with envy, or just because someone or something is blocking your way forward. All we ask of each other at DreamHost is that we express it. Share those feelings. Do it with respect. Practice Shameless Honesty. Because being an entrepreneur, or an entrepreneurial company, is a full-contact sport.

The New York Times seems to think we're onto something too. How about you?

NYTimes: Simon Anderson, on Creating a Culture of Shameless Honesty


(Now back to Brett!)

NEW: Mobile Site Builder!

Smartphones! Tablets! Tiny screens!

They're everywhere!

Have you checked out your site on a mobile device lately? How'd it go?

If you're using a responsive theme with WordPress, it probably looked a-okay! It most likely shrank or removed certain elements of your site's design to look different - but still beautiful - in your palm of your hand.

A lot of web apps these days (like WordPress) are already mobile-aware and will *automatically* present a mobile-optimized version of themselves on smaller screens with little-to-no extra work on your part!

DreamHost has always been mobile-friendly, but "going mobile" means different things to different people!

Going Mobile with DreamHost

For mobile sites that aren't naturally mobile-ready, we've partnered with DudaMobile to bring you an incredibly easy-to-use mobile site builder.

This new site builder will automatically suck down the contents of your website, show you a mobile-optimized preview, and allow you to make changes to the mobile layout or design of your site all from within the safety and comfort of your full-sized web browser.

DreamHost Web Panel: Mobile Site Builder

The best part? You can take DudaMobile's site builder for a test drive completely free of charge!

Spend as much time as you'd like building up your entire mobile site and making it PERFECT - all without needing to write a single line of code or even touch your CSS.

You won't need to pay us a dime unless and until you choose to "flip the switch" and make your mobile site visible to the Internet at large.

How many dimes? We've priced this new mobile option at a flat $9 per month (in addition to your standard hosting fees.)

HOWEVER, as a DreamHost newsletter reader you'll be able to jump on the mobile bandwagon for a mere $6.95 per month during this introductory period.


SNI - SSL Without a Unique IP!

"Server Name Indication," or SNI, is a biiiig deal in the world of web hosting.

Every site on the web is tied to a specific IP (v4) address, but a single address can be shared across several different domains. In fact that's one feature that's helped to keep the Internet from bursting apart at the seems up 'till now.

IPv4 addresses are the Brettcoins of the shared hosting world in that they are both EXTREMELY valuable and that there are only a finite number of them gifted to humanity by the Gods.

While IPs can be shared among websites, they cannot be shared among SSL-enabled (secure) websites. If you want to handle secure web transactions on your own without the use of a specialized third party payment platform you'll need to lease (and pay for,) a unique IP address for your own personal use.

Or at least...that's how things USED to work.

SNI extends the protocols used to process secure web transactions to allow for the usage of a single IP address across several different SECURE websites. And, as of not too long ago, we support it!

You can still obtain a unique IP address and tie your secure hosting to it if you'd prefer - but it'll cost ya ($3.95/month.)

To add or modify the secure hosting settings on any of your domains, visit the "Domains/Secure Hosting" section of your control panel, and click to "Add" or "Edit" services on your domains.

DreamHost Web Panel: Secure Hosting

For a little background on setting up secure hosting in general, including some caveats of SNI, check out our wiki!

DreamHost Wiki: Secure Hosting

Survey Time! Win a Nexus 10!

Fall has fallen. There's a spring in our step, a twinkle in our eyes, and love in our hearts! That can only mean one thing.

We've got the hots for you and we want to get to know you better!

We would love nothing more than to surveil you.

I mean survey you.

Hah! Crazy mix-up there. Technically we *could* surveil you at any time, but we are not the NSA. We RESPECT the US Constitution.

Oh man did you see that? I totally burned them right there!

...says the guy headed to Guantanamo.

Maybe I'm getting a little off topic.

This survey should only take you five to ten short minutes to complete and whatever you put into it will be used to help us to shape the future of DreamHost.

DreamHost Customer Survey

Three lucky survey respondents chosen at random will receive a 16GB WiFi Nexus 10 for their trouble! Why? Because we're sick of giving away iPads and you've probably already got more of them than you know what to do with anyway!

We Turned 16!

September 22nd, 2013 was DreamHost's 16th birthday and "feisty" is probably the best name for us these days-

DreamHost Celebrates Its Sweet 16 Birthday

Sixteen years is an eternity in Internet time and we, quite frankly, couldn't do what we do if it wasn't for you!

Whether you've been with us for sixteen years or sixteen days...


DreamHost WTF: Green Hosting

What's that feature? It's GREEN HOSTING!

DreamHost is a green hosting company!

Not "green" like "new at this." Come ON man, I just got finished telling you we've been in the game 16 years!

We're green because we're environmentally incredible - certifiably so! In fact DreamHost has been *carbon neutral* since April of 2007.

We spend a truly asinine amount of money every year purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) to offset our carbon emissions. This effectively erases our carbon footprint from the earth in a complicated dance of payments to fund renewable energy projects, trades in permitted emission levels, and magic.

You can learn more about our commitment to doing business greenly on our website...

DreamHost.com: Green Hosting

If you'd like to do a little bragging of your own we've even made some nifty icons to throw on your website!

DreamHost Web Panel: Green Hosting Icons


The DreamHost Site Of The Month is a coveted title reserved for a select few DreamHost customers who have wowed their peers with incredible feats of wonder and magesty within the confines of a web browser.

As voted by YOU, the winner from AUGUST in the CONTENT category is:
The BeeKeepers Digest
"A blog that shares the adventure of a new beekeeper in the Pacific Northwest. From choosing hives and equipment to ordering and housing the bees, this tells it all."


Honey, I can't bee-lieve this stinger of a site. And I'm sorry.

As voted by YOU, the winner from AUGUST in the OVERALL, DESIGN, STRUCTURE and ORIGINALITY categories is:
Holy Wow Studios
"HOLY WOW! We make fun web games! And, they're free! Our most recent game is: ICARUS PROUDBOTTOM TEACHES TYPING which has been praised by GIANTBOMB.com, INDIEGAMES.com, DESTRUCTOID.com, ROCKPAPERSHOTGUN.com and others. Also play our previous game, and Icarus Proudbottom's first adventure: "Icarus Proudbottom in the Curse of the Chocolate Fountain". Holy Wow Studios is just a 2 person team living in Brooklyn, NY with two cats. We make games in our free time, enjoy!"


I bow before the Holy Wow! Amen.

Remember, you can always click through to the DreamHost Site Of The Month section of your account control panel at any time to submit your site, vote on candidates, and view all winners past and present.

DreamHost Web Panel: DHSOTM

Nice work, dudes!


See ya next month!
Brett D!

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