I think, after the past week, I can say that with some finality. To begin with, their servers were completely unable to handle the load generated by my recent post documenting my experiences with the USFA ZiP. To put that in perspective, on average, this site typically gets about 500 hits a day, give or take a few; on Tuesday, it received somewhere around 4300, and probably would have gotten more if Dreamhost could have been able to keep up. But it could not, and if it cannot even handle that, why am I here again?
To add insult to injury, though, Dreamhost themselves have suffered two system-wide failures over the past week, with a total downtime somewhere between 4 and 14 hours, depending on who you talk to. Even their http presence was offline for those errors.
And then there is the whole problem that I have never been able to get their domain backup system to work… ever… which has been really annoying when I dorked up something on said domain.
While Dreamhost was a pretty awesome company when I joined up with them sevenish years ago, things seem to have slid steadily downhill, so it is looking like it is time to move on. The sucky thing is that I am paid up through Dreamhost until 13JAN14, and I will lose all of that if I leave them. I know jack-all about doing my own hosting, so I have been looking at iPage, HostGator, BlueHost, and a few other options; anyone else have any favorites I did not list there?