I decided to move my shared hosting from 1&1 to DreamHost. I had some poor experiences with 1&1:
- remapping domains to subdirectories of my $HOME didn’t work at first
- excessively stringent RLimitCPU meant that certain operations, like trying to migrate from Gallery 1.x to 2.x would fail and time out
- trying to use 1&1’s built-in photo gallery hosed my site for a day as it remapped all the virtual host to subdirectory mappings
I hope hosting with Dreamhost will help these issues. I would really love to have my own server in a co-lo (i.e. eating my own dog food by having one in the TCCP co-lo, which I run) but I can’t justify the expense.
It's ironic how things turn out.. we spend years and $$$ running our own boxes either out of home or local datacenter, usually at a loss, then bite the bullet and join the masses. I'm sure we can agree that it's nice to have _someone else_ do all the work for once 😉