My favorite hosting company, Dreamhost, just got better! Besides the high-quality and low cost of their services, they just enabled support for two features that makes the deal even sweeter. While you could use these third-party services before today, it was a nightmare to set up and manage them. Dreamhost has gracefully changed that for all of us by providing management and setup right through their web-based control panel.
- Jabber IM support is now (officially) enabled! In Dreamhost’s nice array of goodies, this was one that was lacking. It was hard to set up and not fully supported. Now, if you have an account with them, you can set up your own chat users and run your IM through your Dreamhost account server. Very useful because you don’t have to rely on mainstream IM services like AIM, Yahoo, or MSN anymore and can also add security and other features.
- Subversion support! Dreamhost has been lacking in this regard, so this is great news for any web developer. I’ve managed a few projects with SVN on Dreamhost before, but couldn’t quite get it right due to lack of good documentation and poor control of the SVN repository and users. Now Dreamhost allows you to manage your SVN projects right through their administrative panel! It seems to be very simple to use and easy to get going on a new project.
The announcement of these two services simply made my day! Even just one out of two would have been great; both of them at the same time is almost too much fun…
If you haven’t checked out Dreamhost, take a look to see what they have to offer. The basic plan comes in at $7.95/month, and it’s all you’ll ever need unless you are hosting lots of client sites or have extremely high bandwidth needs.