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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Then last step to delete the old shell account.
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
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.