If you are seeing this post, it means the DNS change has propagated to your server, and you are seeing Terminally Incoherent being hosted at it’s new location. If not, then… Well, then you won’t be reading this.
The most drastic difference you probably notice with this switch are the load times. I wanted to apologize those of you who enjoyed the slowness of my old host. I know that most of you would take coffee breaks, or few minutes of work in the time interval that took my pages to load. This “feature” is unfortunately gone.
The move was actually pretty smooth, but work intensive because the new host is a VPS box hosted by Linode (thank you for recommending it). This meant that I had to do build a LAMP stack from scratch, which is something I have not done in about a year or so… So I’m fairly sure that I forgot about something crucial and shit is going to break at some point, but I guess we can iron out the little problems as they arise. So far everything is working fine.
I also wanted to mention that I’m very impressed by the Linode support team. I had a silly off-hand question about my bandwidth quota (it seemed lower than what I signed up to, but that’s because they are pro-rated). I got an email response in 5 minutes flat. I kid you not! If they are that responsive on all issues, then I believe this will be a long and fruitful relationship.
Thanks for recommending them too me. Linode got by far the most love in the comments and on twitter. I can now see why.
Hopefully this is the end of my server woes. With a little bit of luck, the plan I picked will be enough for my traffic and resource usage, and I won’t go broke because of this move. But I think it’s going to be worth it. Honestly, this last few days were a torture. Normally when I get ideas in my head, I sit down and write blog post drafts. But with Dreamhost fucking things up for me I couldn’t even do that. Fortunately I have enough posts queued to last us to mid next week.
Thanks for putting up with the lousy performance in the last few days. Let me know if anything seems broken in any way.
I will leave you with this: Dreamhost sucks. Sure, they have cheap “unlimited” shared hosting plans, but the support is lousy, and there are hidden limitations like memory and CPU usage caps on your processes. And if you somehow run afoul of these there is nothing you can do other than buying their VPS plan. In fact, this was the fist thing their support team recommended to me. They were more concerned with selling me new service than with helping me to resolve the issue. So don’t fall into that trap. Dreamhost is like the Comcast of shared hosting providers, if that makes sense.
Edit 6/22/11 11:47am:
Whoops. I just found two things that did not work correctly. One was /dev/random (link in sidebar). After changing the name servers to linode ones, I forgot to make an A record for it. This should be fixed now. Also, email notifications currently don’t work because I don’t think I have sendmail/postfix installed and/or configured. I will get to that later today. No ssh access from work.
There will likely be more little things like that cropping up over the next few weeks. Bear with me as I get my stuff together.