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Dreamhost Review

***This is not a book-related post! Skip it if you’re not interested, but if you’re in the market for a web host, maybe give this post a read!***

For those of you who don’t know, this website is proudly and happily hosted by Dreamhost.

***Note: The links to Dreamhost are all affiliate links which would greatly help me out if you sign up for their services by using these links. The links to the other hosting sites mentioned are not affiliate links; they’re just there for convenience.

***Another Note: This post is NOT sponsored!!! I wrote it on my own accord because I’m so happy to have found such a great web host and want to help other people do the same.

In this post, I’m going to tell you a little bit about my experience with being hosted by Dreamhost and what I think of their services overall.

Star Rating

First of all, let’s start off with a star rating, reminiscent of my book reviews.

Rating: ★★★★★

That’s right, I give Dreamhost hosting a FULL FIVE STARS. I have used a couple of different hosting companies in the past, including 1and1 hosting and MediaTemple Hosting. 

Other Hosting Companies

Starting off, I’ll tell you a little bit about these two companies that I was previously using for hosting. If you’d like to skip forward to see what I have to say about Dreamhost, feel free to skip ahead to that section!

First of all, I started out using 1and1 hosting because I’d heard a lot of good things about them. Their service was alright, and I didn’t really have any problems, except for when it came time for me to cancel my service. At the time, I was cancelling my hosting service simply because I wasn’t really using it and I didn’t have the extra cash lying around to pay for a service that wasn’t being used. In order to cancel my service, I had to call 1and1 multiple times and talk to customer service reps who didn’t speak very good English. Overall, it was a tedious process that bothered me enough that I decided I wouldn’t be using 1and1 for hosting in the future ever again.

After using 1and1 and not being satisfied with it, I switched to MediaTemple hosting. MediaTemple was significantly more expensive than 1and1 was, even though I got mostly the same amount of features and benefits. I will say that I really appreciated the fresh design of the MediaTemple website, but that’s about all I can say to vouch for it. The service was just okay and wasn’t anything special, so when it came time to renew my service, I decided against it.

Finally, I found Dreamhost and decided to give them a try. Dreamhost web hosting starts at $7.95/month, which is a pretty average price when you take a look at all the available hosting options around the internet. I decided to give them a try because they were ranked highly in several reviews of web hosts I looked into, and because the price wasn’t too sky-high.

I’ve been hosted by Dreamhost for almost a full year now and I’m very happy to say that I’m 100% satisfied with Dreamhost as my web host. I haven’t had any issues at all, which is pretty rare considering there’s probably at least something to be dissatisfied with from most web hosts. But I’ve hosted several domains on Dreamhost‘s servers and I’ve never once been disappointed. Dreamhost is all I could ever ask for in a web host and I’m so happy I found Dreamhost after only two disappointing hosting experiences.

If you’re thinking of starting a website or blog, I highly, highly recommend using Dreamhost to host your website. You don’t have to buy your domains through Dreamhost (although they do offer that, if you want to), which is great because it allows you to shop around for the best domain price, and Dreamhost can still host your domain even if you bought it elsewhere – there’s lots of guides online about how to change your domain’s nameservers to your own host’s nameservers.

Dreamhost also offers other goodies besides just plain web hosting, like webmail for your domains and free One-Click Installs for lots of popular web software, like WordPress and PhpBB.

Overall, I think Dreamhost is no doubt the BEST web host out there, it’s affordable, and I’ve never experienced any problems at all with their services. I definitely recommend Dreamhost as a web host and I suggest you don’t waste your time with any other web hosts and go ahead and give Dreamhost a try if you’re thinking about starting your own website or blog.

Do you have experience with Dreamhost or with other web hosting sites? What are your thoughts and opinions? Let me know in the comments what you think!

Books That I Want to Re-read

I have a shelf on goodreads titled “want-to-reread,” full of books that I really want to get around to reading for a second time. I decided to share some of the books that I want to re-read here. I’m only going to include some of the books from my Goodreads shelf since there’s about 80 books total… So if you want to see a more comprehensive list, check out my Goodreads! Have you read any of these books, or do you want to re-read any of the same books I do? Let me know!

Books I want to re-read:

  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • White Oleander by Janet Fitch
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The DNF Queen: Books I’ve DNF-ed

As you may know, DNF stands for “did not finish” in the book community, and if you’ve read some of my book reviews, you may also know that I’m quite the DNF Queen: if I’m not entirely invested in and enjoying a book thoroughly, I DNF it, no questions asked.

So, I’ve decided to make a little list of some of the books I’ve DNF-ed for one reason or another – I either couldn’t get into the story, I didn’t find the characters likeable, I wanted to take a break from it, or I just wasn’t enjoying it thoroughly.

Anyway, here’s the list (I’ve included links to reviews if I’ve reviewed the books):

Books I’ve DNF-ed:

Have you read any of these books? Which ones, if any, should I pick back up and give another shot at finishing? Let me know!

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Rating: ★★★

Review:
Although I’ve heard nothing but raving reviews for both Infinite Jest and David Foster Wallace in general, I found that this book just wasn’t for me.

First of all, it’s rather confusing – I found myself at multiple points in the book not knowing what was going on and having to re-read chapters, still finding myself lost.

Also, the characters aren’t all that likeable, which always makes a story hard to get into.

I think that maybe I just don’t mesh well with David Foster Wallace’s writing, as I’ve read some other excerpts of his writing and didn’t really like that either.

I wouldn’t say this is a “bad” book by any means, in fact I enjoyed some parts of it, which is why I didn’t give it less than three stars. If you’ve read some of David Foster Wallace’s work before and enjoyed it, I’d say you’d probably enjoy this as well, but if you’ve not been a fan of Wallace’s in the past, you might be like me and be unable to really get into this book.

Ultimately, I ended up DNF-ing this book after getting almost halfway through it since I was unable to really get into the novel. Let me know how you felt about this book! Were you able to get through it? Did you enjoy it more than me? Let me know!

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