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#1 2020-11-14 15:00:26

hcgtv
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DreamHost & Let's Encrypt

Bought a new domain yesterday, so I decided to take the plunge and configure HTTPS on it. Just a landing page for now.

It’s pretty simple on DreamHost, all done through the control panel. But all night it wouldn’t work, finally contacted support and they said, all fixed, we had some technical issues, not too re-assuring.

I know some of you are on DreamHost and logically running Textpattern, any tips you can give me as I enable HTTPS on all my TXP sites.

On a side note, forcing us to go to HTTPS is bullsh*t!!

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#2 2020-11-14 17:53:12

bici
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Re: DreamHost & Let's Encrypt

hcgtv wrote #326751:

On a side note, forcing us to go to HTTPS is bullsh*t!!

Sometimes that is what floats to the top.. esp. if Fookin’ Goog is forcing it up

dont know your specific needs with Dreamhost… but do take a second an look at Opalstack …. free and painless Let’s Encrypt plus more


…. texted postive

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#3 2020-11-14 18:21:45

hcgtv
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Re: DreamHost & Let's Encrypt

bici wrote #326756:

dont know your specific needs with Dreamhost… but do take a second an look at Opalstack …. free and painless Let’s Encrypt plus more

That does look nice, but DreamHost has been good to me so far. I’m on a VPS there and they finally switched to Debian from Ubuntu, so I feel at home.

My next step would be to go to a dedicated server, that is if plans come together.

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#4 2020-11-14 18:49:39

michaelkpate
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Re: DreamHost & Let's Encrypt

hcgtv wrote #326751:

I know some of you are on DreamHost and logically running Textpattern, any tips you can give me as I enable HTTPS on all my TXP sites.

I am on Dreamhost – for 15 years now. And I use Let’s Encrypt on a number of sites – for example, https://patetech.info/.

I did have a problem with one domain where I couldn’t get it work – it was older so I made a new username and moved it to that and the problem went away. Other than that, it hasn’t been a problem. And it wasn’t strictly an age thing as patetech.info was actually the first site I made on their servers.

I can’t thick of any particular trick other than making sure Textpattern has the correct settings and a working .htaccess.

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#5 2020-11-14 19:51:25

hcgtv
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Re: DreamHost & Let's Encrypt

michaelkpate wrote #326759:

I can’t thick of any particular trick other than making sure Textpattern has the correct settings and a working .htaccess.

DreamHost put an .htaccess file in the site’s root:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301,NE]
Header always set Content-Security-Policy "upgrade-insecure-requests;"

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the above forum posts, I think I have a good handle now.

I’ve been on DreamHost for 12 years now, not a lot of complaints in that time.

Edit: Came across a forum post about integrating the forum with a knowledge base of sorts, like if you come upon a forum post that would be helpful, tag it somehow. Those forum posts you linked would make a good knowledge based article. Oh, and by the way, we touched upon this years ago, nothing ever came of it. Actually, the forum is the most valuable piece of info on TXP that exists.

Last edited by hcgtv (2020-11-14 19:59:12)

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#6 2020-11-16 07:35:33

colak
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Re: DreamHost & Let's Encrypt

Hi Bert and Michael,

We are on the process of selecting a new host as Webfaction is closing down.

What we need is

  • 4 domains
  • multiple subdomains
  • php 5.x for some domains/subdomains
  • php 7.x for the rest
  • php mail for our ~2800 subscribers newsletter running on postmaster php 5.x
  • MySQL dbs
  1. How is your experience with DH’s VPS?
  2. Our only high1 traffic site is neme.org.
  3. Do you think that the above is possible at DH?
  4. Do you think that 1GB RAM will be enough?
  5. What is their support like?
  6. Is there a steep learning curve to make other php versions available to the domains/subdomains?
  7. Anything else we should be aware of?

1 read: acceptable


Yiannis
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#7 2020-11-16 08:09:53

hcgtv
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Re: DreamHost & Let's Encrypt

Hi Yiannis,

The DH control panel will handle most everything you desire. You can select PHP versions per domain in a dropdown. Setting up domains and subdomains are a breeze, and you’re only limited by your pocket book as to how many domains you can host (I’m always looking for digital properties).

I came to DreamHost from a rolling your own home server, so I was picky about what host I would choose. DH lets me do whatever I want via the command line if I so desire, install whatever I want, it’s my own slice. Now mind you, you screw it up, either you fix it, or the staff is there to help you via email or chat. Never have I had a pissy support rep, they are all very helpful, and their docs are great.

I’m on a VPS (2GB ram, 60GB SSD space), I don’t care for shared hosting, seen too many sites get hacked from the neighboring Wordpress install.

Start Date: 2008-12-05 (When I moved to DreamHost)

So far, I host 59 domains, 28 are of a dynamic nature, 30 are static HTML pages, and then there’s PHPCrossRef, the freaking reason I had to move away from a home server. When I launched the cross ref site, my home connection got saturated within a week.

The cross ref site uses the most disk space and gets hammered the most, but my other sites never slow up, but you know, I do run the fastes CMS in the land ;)

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#8 2020-11-16 09:35:06

colak
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Re: DreamHost & Let's Encrypt

Thanks so much Bert. So you think that a VPS with 1GB RAM will be enough for about 10-15 domains/sub-domains? Also what is a pocket book?


Yiannis
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#9 2020-11-16 09:40:53

hcgtv
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Re: DreamHost & Let's Encrypt

colak wrote #326812:

Thanks so much Bert. So you think that a VPS with 1GB RAM will be enough for about 10-15 domains/sub-domains? Also what is a pocket book?

Go for the 1GB of RAM, you can always add memory and disk as needs arise.

Pocket book – your wallet, purse, where you keep your money.

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#10 2020-11-16 10:15:08

colak
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Re: DreamHost & Let's Encrypt

hcgtv wrote #326814:

Go for the 1GB of RAM, you can always add memory and disk as needs arise.

Pocket book – your wallet, purse, where you keep your money.

Apologies for what may seem like a barrage of questions. Space wise we should be fine but, how much do they charge for extra RAM?


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