Category Archives: Dreamhost Blog

You Asked, We Answered: Introducing Remixer’s Multipage Feature

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We’re proud to announce Remixer’s newest feature: multipage support!

When we were first drawing up pictures of Remixer on our whiteboards, we had a vision of creating a fun, easy-to-use website building tool. With our initial research, we determined that a single-page website builder was the way to go.

Studying website traffic behavior, we found that scrolling was a far more common action than clicking around a website. Our theory went like this: if a website were to include captivating content and beautiful imagery all on one page, the average visitor would be more engaged with that one page than with a multipage website. So we launched Remixer as a single-page builder, adding the option to use anchor links to navigate the page.

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How DreamHost Keeps Your Website Safe: A Q&A With Our Director of Technology

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When customers buy any of DreamHost’s managed services, from shared hosting to VPS solutions to dedicated servers, they’re buying the reassurance that we’ll take care of all the behind-the-scenes stuff so they can focus on what really matters: their website.

Managing a fleet of servers across four data centers to support more than 1.5 million websites — with 99.98% uptime — is no small task.

So how does DreamHost make sure all those sites stay humming when there’s a software package to upgrade nearly every week? I sat down with DreamHost’s Director of Technology, Nate Michael, to learn how his team keeps your site safe.

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10 Web Design Lessons You Can Learn From StarWars.com

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By Celia Shatzman

Learning to wield a lightsaber. Building the Death Star. Destroying the Death Star. These are all very technical, difficult things. But a few lessons that we can learn from a galaxy far, far away that aren’t so tough? How to design a website, courtesy of StarWars.com.

With the official fan site picking up four Webbys this year, it’s obvious there’s plenty to emulate regardless of your star system. And while we don’t all have Disney’s pile of Imperial Credits, StarWars.com provides design takeaways for website owners on every budget. Here are the top 10.

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7 Best Practices for Buying A Good Domain Name

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By Matthew Lebo

If you’re looking to run your next small business entirely online, choosing the right domain is essential. You’ll need to develop a strategy, do some market research, and, of course, brainstorm a ton of ideas. So instead of taking advice from your uncle who is “really smart with computers,” here are seven best practices for buying a good domain name.

1. The Best TLD Is .Com

Despite hundreds of new Top Level Domain extensions hitting the market in recent years, .com still reigns supreme for overall brand recognition and search traffic. In fact, only six of the top 50 domains use a non-dot-com — like .org and .net — and only Twitch.tv uses a new TLD! That’s not to say your business is doomed to fail if you go with a less-traditional domain extension. Just plan on increasing your marketing spend if you go with something like .hiphop, .kitchen, or .studio.

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Customized Security and Boosted Backups? DreamPress Gives Users Both With Jetpack Premium Integration

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Making DreamPress the best way to run WordPress is my job — literally.

Of course, it’s a never-ending process, which begs the question: how can my team be sure we’re adding the right features for our customers?

The answer is simple: just ask. I’ve talked to a lot of WordPress users, and while everyone has a unique take, more extensive security and backup options continue to rise to the top of the collective wish list. So my team turned to the experts at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and, like us, a WordPress contributor.

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