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November 2013 Newsletter


Let me tell you something.

I see what you're doing here. I know.

Don't ask how. That's not your concern.

I have concerns.

I'm concerned about purity of your product.

I'm concerned about where you've chosen to do business.

More importantly, I'm concerned about the hue of your hosting.

Do I need to spell it out for you?


DreamHost customers are a special breed. They demand a hosting purity level of at least - at LEAST - 96 percent. That's something that we provide consistently using chemically sound methods we've spent the better part of the last decade refining and perfecting.

Do you think this is some game? You think just anyone can jump into this business? Just because you've got a server, a burner smartphone, and a trailer in the middle of the New Mexican desert, do you think you're somehow ENTITLED to set up shop and do business here?

I'm going to say this once.

Stay out of our territory.

Our customers deserve the best hosting product that only WE can cook up, and I'm confident that your second-rate operation will leave them...disillusioned...as to what a premium hosting product can do for them.

This is your one warning. After this? No half measures.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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

Crazed. I'm not just referring to Brett, but to November. For the rest of us in this community of the Internet all over the world, November is all about getting ready.

Ready for what?! Ready for the holidays, ready for eCommerce season, ready for family visits or visiting. Ready for new products, new schools, cities, and new year's resolutions. Ready to take time to celebrate successes and learn from challenges.

We've been readying ourselves at DreamHost to help you sail through the next few months with no worries - at least as far as our services are concerned.

We've added amazing talented team members over the last few months in network engineering, security, tech ops, systems engineering, cloud development, and tech support. And they join a team, one team together, a family of entrepreneurs, focused on your success on the DreamHost hosting and cloud platform.

Because we know how crazy it can get for you - all 380,000 of you. We've been there. The late nights coding, designing, SFTPing, optimizing. And we'll do everything we can to help get you where you want to go with your blog, site, app or web service.

Happy Holidays.


(Now back to Brett!)

DreamCompute: Open for Beta!

We've been talking and talking about cloud computing for-ev-er. Forever!

Hot on the heels of OpenStack's Havana release, this month we're proud to proclaim that we've finally opened the doors on DreamCompute's beta test program!

DreamHost: DreamCompute

DreamCompute is our highly-scalable OpenStack-based cloud computing platform, designed to free you and your server-intensive applications from the limits of tangible hardware limitations.

DreamCompute goes great with a side of DreamObjects for object storage, too...

DreamHost: DreamObjects

I'm not sure I can convey to you just how committed DreamHost is to OpenStack.

Our CEO sits on the OpenStack board (it's mahogany), two of our employees are technical committee members, two more are program technical leads, and three are core OpenStack developers!

A very healthy chunk of the code written every day at DreamHost goes right into the OpenStack project where, thanks to the magic of open source, anyone in the world can pull it down and start using it. We're not only giving back to the open-source cloud community - we're giving back to our own competitors! We are crazy. Crazy in love!

The truth is we couldn't fall out of love with OpenStack if we tried.

Sign up today to get into the beta. We're letting people in slowly for now, so while your gratification may not be immediate it will be eventual, extreme, and terminal. (Thesaurus!)

DreamHost: DreamCompute

We always knew this day would come!

We just couldn't commit to a launch date.

The Sun Rises on New TLDs!

The first round of new TLDs (Top Level Domains) has arrived! November 26th marked the start of the "Sunrise Period" for the first seven new TLDs to hit the domain scene. (A TLD is whatever appears to the right of the "dot" in your domain name.)

.com will soon be a quaint reminder of simpler times!


Honestly, nobody really knows if these things will take off at all, but one thing's for sure - in 2014 you'll have more options than ever before for squatting...I mean...REGISTERING domain names.

If you are a trademark holder you'll need to provide a Signed Mark Data (SMD) file to lay claim to a domain using one of these new TLDs during this sunrise period. You can obtain SMDs after proving your ownership of trademarks(s) at trademark-clearinghouse.com.

If you don't hold a trademark but just think it'd be cool to register, say, brettsimpressive.plumbing, you'll need to wait until the TLD of your choice hits GA (General Availability). In the case of .plumbing, that'll be January 29th, 2014.

New TLDs will be made available continually throughout 2014 (and beyond!) so other TLDs will trickle out as time goes on. This way you'll always have something to look forward to!

I'm looking at you, face.tattoo!

Sunrise Opens Nov 26th, GA Jan 29th:
.bike, .clothing, .guru, .holdings, .plumbing, .singles, .ventures

Sunrise Opens Dec 3rd, GA Feb 5th:
.camera, .equipment, .estate, .gallery, .graphics, .lighting, .photography

Sunrise Opens Dec 11th, GA Feb 24th:
.sexy, .tattoo

Set sail for the sunrise on our web panel:

DreamHost Web Panel: New TLDs

DreamHost WTF: Mobile Site Builder

What's that feature? It's our Mobile Site Builder!

The web has come a long way since its early days... It's easier than ever before to build a website and get it online.

Getting those websites to look just as good on a tiny mobile device as they do on a computer screen? Somehow that's just as hard as it's always been. Maybe harder!

We've partnered with Duda Mobile to bring you an easy to use, browser- based mobile website builder. It'll suck down the contents of your existing, full-sized website, make some smart guesses about how to reformat that content on tiny screens, and allow you to tweak the end result to your heart's content, all within the confines of your browser.

Spend as much time as you'd like building up your entire mobile site and making it PERFECT - you'll never need to write a single line of code or even touch your CSS.

You also 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.

A flat $9 per month will allow you to publish a mobile optimized version of your site with little to no work on your part! It's seriously amazing and easy and hassle-relieving.

"Set it and forget it." All that biz.

Just visit the Mobile Site Builder section of your DreamHost control panel to get started:

DreamHost Web Panel: Mobile Site Builder

You can be up and running within minutes. MINUTES! That's like...60 seconds multiplied by...a multiple of your choosing!


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 majesty within the confines of a web browser.

As voted by YOU, the winner from SEPTEMBER in the CONTENT, DESIGN, STRUCTURE, ORIGINALITY, AND OVERALL categories (a clean sweep!) is:
Ladybug Pest and Lawn
"Lady Bug offers safe and effective control of scorpions, roaches, ants, crickets, spiders, ticks, fleas and other general household pests. In addition, Lady Bug Pest Control provides rodent control services. We provide eco-friendly service using EcoPCO products that are National Organic Program compliant (NOP) along with other natural, non toxic materials inside your home."


I'm buggin' out here! So we kind of do the same thing.

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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