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February 2011 Newsletter


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The United States government has voted, and - if my interpretation of the law is accurate - all US-based web hosts are now required to list calorie counts for each item in their monthly newsletter.

This month's newsletter has been carefully proportioned and dietetically designed to ensure that you won't consume more than 2200 calories by the time you're through with it.

Men and women have different caloric needs, so women may want to skip the survey at the end. Men may want to read this section again.

We would recommend you read this newsletter at the start of your day and only consume portions of it when you start to feel hungry.

Please consult your doctor or a nutritionist before beginning any exercise or weight loss regimen.

The Votes Are In! App Contest Winners!

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By now you've had more than enough time to evaluate the new web apps added to our one-click Installer and, if you've been paying attention, you've also had a chance to cast votes for your favorites:

DreamHost Blog: Vote for Apps!

Whelp, the votes are in and we now have some very good looking winners.

Ye olde grande prize and the winner of a 17" MacBook Pro is...


concrete5 kind of came out of nowhere and, quite frankly, blew us away.

It's a tremendously easy-to-use themeable content management system with a graphical user interface that is actually GOOD. (It's also fat-free.) concrete5's page editing capabilities rival those of some very expensive commercial site builders we've been pitched over the years.

If you didn't bother to check it out last month, or if that lowercase C rubbed you the wrong way, do yourself a favor and give concrete5 a look-see. You will not be disappointed!

You can install concrete5 and any number of other web apps in just a few minutes with our powerful one-click app installer:

One-Click Installer

And you can view the complete list of contest winners on our blog:

DreamHost Blog: App Contest Winners

VaultPress Golden Tickets

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I haven't checked, but I have a pretty strong feeling that you've got at least one WordPress blog installed on your DreamHost account.

I'm also willing to wager that you have a deep emotional connection to the data that makes up your WordPress blog. Heck, you may not even use WordPress as a blog - you may use it as the fully-fledged content management system that it secretly aspires to be.

In either case, if something were to happen to your WordPress data, I believe you'd more than likely be a little upset.

While DreamHost does back up your data regularly, that may not be enough assurance for you. You may be looking for your support to come from a higher power...perhaps from someone who's directly connected with the WordPress MOVEMENT.

Good news: Your pie-in-the-sky is now an air-biscuit-in-your-hand!

VaultPress comes to DreamHost!

VaultPress is a comprehensive WordPress backup system brought to you by Automattic, the same team behind WordPress.com.

It is a paid solution, but it's one that integrates seamlessly into WordPress' own management panel and is always running silently in the background, kind of like what you should be doing if you were really serious about getting in shape.

All new WordPress installations performed through our one-click installer now include a VaultPress "Golden Ticket" which grants you instant access to their exclusive invitation-only beta period.

If you're on our "promotions" mailing list you should have received your VaultPress invitation code about a week ago. If you're not on that list and don't want to miss out on similar promotions in the future, be sure to update your contact preferences using the URL at the bottom of this email.

DreamHost 101: Account Backup

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VaultPress is a great backup tool with a laser focus on WordPress.

But what about the REST of your DreamHost account? All that email, all those web files...all those delicious databases! We do provide backups for that data on OUR side of things, but that might not be good enough for you. I get it. Unless you're the one holding the cards, it's just not real to you. You need something a little more tangible than policies and promises.

If only there were some way for you to compile and download a local copy of your *entire* account without having to do all the legwork yourself.

Oh wait - there is.

DreamHost Account Backups

With just one click of a BOLD blue button we'll cram the contents of your DreamHost account into gzipped archives that you can then download, burn on a CD, share with your friends, put in a safe deposit box - whatever.

Remember - peace of mind is always better than a piece of cake!

New Charity!

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November through January we've solicited donations for The Planetary Society - an organization founded by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman in 1980 to inspire the public to take an active interest in space exploration and the search for life beyond Earth.

25 of our customers reached for the stars and came back with fist-fulls of stardust. Based on the going market rate of stardust we ended up with $516.85 in donations. We then QUADRUPLED that figure and submitted a donation to The Planetary Society this week for $2067.40.

Our next donation target is FIRST, "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology"


FIRST was founded by Dean Kamen, the prolific inventor of such things as inexpensive water purification systems for third world countries, a wearable insulin pump for diabetics, a revolutionary robotic arm for amputees, and the Segway personal transporter for rich people.

FIRST's mission is to "inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self- confidence, communication, and leadership."

You can submit donations (which we'll then quadruple, of course!) from the "Give to Charity" section of your account control panel:

Donate to FIRST!


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As voted by you, the winners for JANUARY are as follows...

The winner in the CONTENT and STRUCTURE categories is:
RMI Expeditions
"A website for RMI Expeditions, which leads guided trips on the worlds tallest mountains, including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Vinson Massif, Mt. Everest and Mt. McKinley."


The winner in the DESIGN category is:
Arbiters of Light - SWTOR Guild
"Arbiters of Light is a guild based in the upcoming MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic. The guild site was created in mid-December and is still very much a work in progress."


The winner in the ORIGINALITY category is:
"iPap is a celebrity spotting website. Whenever you see a celebrity out and about, you can use the website (or your iPhone) to iPap them and let the world know where they are and what they're up to."


The winner in the OVERALL category is:
FacingAsia - Explorative Photos & Thoughts
"An exploration of Southeast Asia in photos & thoughts..."


Congratulations to the winners!

Don't forget to cast your votes (and enter your own site) for the next round of DHSOTMs at


Winning a Kindle should not be this easy.

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This month we're anxious to hear what you think of our technical support!

What do you like?

What don't you like?

What kind of new support features would you like to see from us?

Take the DreamHost February 2011 survey now and tell us how it is!

DreamHost February 2011 Survey!

One lucky survey respondent selected at random will receive an Amazon Kindle 3G served up American-style (with US power adapters).

To own a Kindle is to have an endless smorgasbord of literature at your fingertips.

See ya next month!

So long for now,
Brett D!

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