It took me such a long time to get around to doing this, but I finally got my website off Dreamhost (ugh). Not only was my site and service epically slow, but I was constantly beleaguered by hackers and other Internet scum loitering their servers. And I wasn’t really walking the talk.
I’m now on a server run by a local company, Canvas Dreams. I’m really excited about this and wanting to share, because I’m happy with the hosting. It’s fast. It’s local — Portland, Oregon, baby! Beyond that, Canvas Dreams is specifically committed to sustainability. A webhost typically consumes massive amounts of electric (generated by nuclear, wind, solar, or hydro power, who knows?) to run and cool servers. Canvas Dreams is not only wind-powered but always aims to minimize consumption. I agree with Canvas Dreams that this graph pretty much sums it up:
I was turned onto Canvas Dreams by my brilliant and hard-working friend Elly Blue, whose website I administer. She had been turned on by several other local businesses using Canvas Dreams. I hope in turn that you will consider shopping a local webhost. Ultimately, it didn’t cost me much more money than Dreamhost. And most amazingly, when I dialed their phone number to sign up, someone picked up the phone. Gasp! Dreamhost doesn’t even publish a phone number. Bye bye, Dreamhost. Hello, Canvas Dreams.