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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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Huge changes of David Yin’s Blog

It is a hard decision. When you saw this post, this blog is moved to new VPS. It is changed from MovableType to WordPress.

First of all. I like changes. Changes make us better.
It took me about two days to test and merge the site to new place. Let me put the list of all the changes.

  • Moved from Dreamhost to ServerMania VPS ( It is in Dreamhost more than five years)
  • Server location is moved from Los Angeles, USA to Niagara Falls, Canada
  • Replaced MovableType by WordPress ( I use MovableType from 2004)
  • Blog is moved to the top level and re-structure the blog

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Get your hosting plan and save $50

Dreamhost is one of the best hosting service providers. I use it for more than 6 years. Dreamhost is my first choice for hosting.

Here is the DreamHost Promo Code “G2SAVING“. You can save $50 if you enter this promo code on signup yearly.

Dreamhost hosting has following features:

  • Unlimited Storage
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Full Shell users
  • Unlimited Email accounts
  • Unlimited MySQL database
  • Debian Linux based

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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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Stop mt-comments.cgi to save memory

I can not publish new post in this blog. So many 500 error when I click publish, some times when I click signin.
The 500 internal error is because my blog, MovableType ate a lot of memory when it running. The Dreamhost is monitoring the resource user is using. It will kill the thread when it over the limit. Actually they don’t tell you the limit of it. They just tell you, it is time to upgrade to their VPS.
I connected the server through ssh. Run top command to see which one is more popular.
Yes, I found it. More than one mt-comments.cgi stay on the list.
To temporary solve the problem, I rename the mt-comments.cgi to other name. Then sign in the backend of MoableType.
Click Settings, Feedback, Uncheck the check box after Accept Comments.
Then, republish the whole site.

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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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A type of Hacker on WordPress

During past week, I saw two shell accounts are hacked. Both are on Dreamhost.
One of it is reported by Google Webmaster Tools. It said there are some malicious code found.
The other one is found, because that the memory usage is increased too fast, but no increase on PV.
I checked the account and be noticed some wired issues.
One of the important files, .htaccess is changed by a hacker.
It send web spiders, such as Google bots, Bing, ASK, to a third party site, which has a malicious code. The code may affect the user computers.
When user enter a wrong URL, user should see a 404 error page from the site. The hacker also send these users to the remote site, which has malicious codes.
SO, if you land the website on the right page URL, you will not see it.
It looks normal and no problems.
The hacker steal the traffic from the sites. And also has potential risk to the users of the site.
How to fix hacked WordPress blog?
The way I did to clean it is that simply.
1) Export the data
2) Make a new shell account on Dreamhost
3) Point the site to new account
4) Install the fresh, updated version software
5) Import the data
Done.
Then last step to delete the old shell account.

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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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How to upgrade phpBB on 1and1

In the end of last year, I helped a charity society upgrade their forum from phpBB2 to phpBB 3. They host their web site and phpBB forum on 1and1 Business hosting plan.
I did have much experience on upgrading, updating phpBB etc. The procedures of upgrade from phpBB 2 to phpBB 3 are posted here, part 1 , part 2.
The situation on 1and1 is a little bit complicated. I need a bridge server to complete the upgrade.
Let me put the whole story in short.

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