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Dreamhost retired Backup service for Shared hosting users

Dreamhost retired Backup service now.

A month ago, we let you know that the DreamHost Personal Backup feature was retiring. That day has come, Personal Backup has been turned off permanently.

Please feel free to submit a support request through the DreamHost panel if you have any questions or concerns! Please include “personal backup” in the subject.

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End of Life of Dreamhost Personal Backup

Got an email from Dreamhost this morning. It announced that Dreamhost Personal Backup is retired. The last day of access of the data on my backup account is 2015-7-24.

I was using Dreamhost Personal Backup to backup my website database and sites periodically.  The free capacity is 50GB. It was a wonderful place to do the backup with ftp protocol.

Let us look at the email from DreamHost.

 

We’re writing to tell you that the Personal Backup feature you’ve been using has become too dated to be sustainable, and is being retired. Please note that starting 2015-07-24 Personal Backup will be turned off permanently. If you decide you don’t want to keep your data, no action is necessary.

If you would like to preserve your data, you should download it before 2015-07-24. Instructions for how to do so are available here.

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Upgrade selfoss to v2.6

Selfoss programe is very helpful to me. There is also some issues, such as duplicate items.

Anyway, I did the upgrade from 2.4 to v2.6 today.

The upgrade procedures are simple. See following upgrade guide. For me, I just did step 1, 2,3.

1. backup your database and your “data” folder
2. (IMPORTANT: don’t delete the “data” folder) delete all old files and folders excluding the folder “data”
3. upload all new files and folders excluding the data folder (IMPORTANT: also upload the invisible .htaccess files)
4. Rename your folder /data/icons into /data/favicons
5. Delete the files /public/all.css and /public/all.js
6. Clean your browser cache
7. insert your current database connection and your individual configuration in config.ini. Important: we change the config.ini and add new options in newer versions. You have to update the config.ini too.

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selfoss release 2.4 – replacement of Google Reader

Everyone knew Google Reader is going to retire on July 1, 2013. So I make a decision that I will not use other RSS reader service. I would like to have my personal Feed Aggregator site.

Selfoss is an OpenSource replacement of Google Reader. Look at the following features.

  • web based rss reader
  • universal aggregator
  • open source and free
  • easy extendable with an open plugin system (write your own data connectors)
  • mobile support (Android, iOS, iPad)
  • use selfoss to live stream and collect all your posts, tweets, feeds in one place
  • lightweight PHP application with less than 2 MB
  • supports MySQL, PostgreSQL and Sqlite Databases
  • OPML Import
  • easy installation: upload and run

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How to install SugarCRM ce on Dreamhost

Here is the guide to show you how to install SugarCRM Community Edition on Dreamhost share hosting plan.

Step 1:
Set up a new domain, subdomain, or folder for Sugar.

Step 2:
Set up a new MySQL database in Dreamhost Web Panel. Write down the mysql host name, user name, password and database name.

Step 3:
Download the latest Community Edition of SugarCRM. It is free version. Then, unzip into a folder such as /home/yourUserName/sitename.yourdomain.com/CRM/

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Pro and Con of Dreamhost

I am using Dreamhost for more than 7 years. It is not perfect, but trustful.
There are some Pro and Con lists. It is my list below.
Pro
Clearity:
DreamHost status tells what happen on their network, server, services.
Dreamhost newsletters provide a overall information update every month.
Support Knowledge Wiki, easy to find the answer before to ask the support.
Response time of support ticket is better than my expect.
A lot of program for One-Click-Installation
User friendly Cpanel.
Most important is the price. It is $107.40/year for unlimited space, unlimited Bandwidth, One free domain, etc. Use dreamhost coupon G2SAVING to get ONE MORE FREE DOMAIN.

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How to Synchonize files between two Dreamhost accounts

If you have two Dreamhost ftp account with SSH permission, and you want to transfer the content from account A to Account B, you need following script to do it.
It is simply one line shell command. I save it into a sh file. Schedule to run it every two hours.
Here is the script for you.
Name of Account A: ftp2010
Host name for ftp2010: hosting.mydomain.com
Name of Account B: ftp2011
Host name of ftp2011: hosting.yourdomain.com
The target is to transfer all files under ftp2010 to ftp2011 at hosting.yourdomain.com

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Solution of Dreamhost memory limitation

The previous post I wrote explain why 500 internal error happen when MovableType publishing.
At the last, I promise that I will tell you how to solve this problem without upgrading your sharing host to VPS.
KEY point: The 120MB memory limit is per user.
If you know that, the answer is simple.
In one Dreamhost account, you can create many, many users. So
Create a new user for Movabletype powered blog.

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How to increase Yslow score from C to B at Dreamhost

I have a small site hosted on Dreamhost.
Yslow Score with default setting is C, or 77.
Later I do the following optimization to increase it to B, or 89. Based on Yslow v2 test.
The key is to change .htaccess file.
Put following content into .htaccess file on root of the site.

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