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Community Member, 791 Posts

8 April 2008 at 6:19am

Edited: 08/04/2008 6:19am

I'd advise finding a better host for your site. All I hear about dreamhost are complaints.


Community Member, 231 Posts

8 April 2008 at 1:05pm

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!


Community Member, 16 Posts

8 April 2008 at 2:56pm

Edited: 08/04/2008 2:57pm

i have a slow issue also, thanks for the tip dude... ill try it..



Community Member, 149 Posts

8 April 2008 at 7:38pm

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.


Community Member, 2 Posts

17 April 2008 at 11:17pm

Edited: 17/04/2008 11:22pm

Hi everyone,

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.

1. run your SS installation as FastCGI (DreamHost Wiki FastCGI)
2. Make a copy of your ManifestBuilder.php and try this modification
3. Run ?flush=1 on your website and give it a try

Frontend speed: 18sec to 6sec
Backend speed: 180sec to 35sec

Bruce B

Community Member, 164 Posts

27 May 2008 at 5:28pm

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.



Community Member, 15 Posts

31 August 2008 at 3:10pm

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.


Forum Moderator, 5523 Posts

31 August 2008 at 3:41pm

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