I'd advise finding a better host for your site. All I hear about dreamhost are complaints.
I host my personal site on dreamhost, heres a few things you can do to speed it up a bit:
To your .htaccess, add:
SetOutputFilter DEFLATE ExpiresActive on ExpiresDefault "access plus 7 days"
To your mysite/_config.php add:
Hope this helps!
The dreamhost servers are a bit slow indeed... I had the same problem on my customers server.
However, I don't know whether there is a way to speed it up.
i have had the same problem on my dreamhost account (slow admin interface and slow connection). First of all i contacted the support and they tried to figure it out. One problem was another customer on the same server, his website took too much of the given server performance. After that i tried some things on my own.
Frontend speed: 18sec to 6sec
Backend speed: 180sec to 35sec
I'd add one more suggestion. In the 'Common problems' page of the docs:
It says do not include a phpinfo.php file at the root of your site as it will be processed before every page load. I had to plead guilty to that one.
Wondering if anyone had any luck with the above solutions? Im actually thinking of abandoning dreamhost because of these issues... or abandoning SS if these issues persist on other hosting.
well dreamhost is never going to be the snappiest of services, even at the best of times. If you plan on running SS seriously (eg as a webapp or semi large site I wouldn't recommend them.) Ive spend up the front end of my site by using a few caching tricks and the ones andy posted and so front end wise it works fine its in the backend that things tend to get bogged down. Also looking forward to some of the speed fixs for the backend in 2.3