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June 2011 Newsletter

Introduction

June is here!

And with it comes my birthday and twenty-nine other stupid days of no significance whatsoever.

I'm writing this just 24 hours prior to laying poolside in Rancho Mirage, one of Southern California's little getaway cities, just east of Palm Springs, where I will soon have a little getaway, just east of Palm Springs, in Rancho Mirage, laying poolside, just 24 hours from now.

I've read that sentence a few times now, and it just gets better every time.

They call it a resort town, but I like to think of Rancho Mirage as "California's Florida". There are so many old retired people out there that, out of respect for the locals, I too have decided to ignore any and all lines on the road this weekend. I will also extol the virtues of "dry heat" and its effect on my joints to anyone who will listen.

Any city where you can drive a golf cart to the grocery store - and park it in the golf cart section - is a-okay in my book.

So where was I? Something about web hosting? Oh, right. Newsletter!

New TLDs! What's a TLD?

A TLD is a top-level-domain. .com, .net, .org...those things!

If you've tried to register one lately, you've probably come to realize what everyone else has known for the last five years: All the good .coms are taken.

Notice I said "taken" and not "in use". That's because domain squatters buy up what can be had for $9.95/year (or less in some cases) and just hang on to them indefinitely, hoping that someone will come along and offer to buy a domain from them later for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

We realize that the days of registering a .com domain of any value "at cost" are long gone. That's why we also register .net, .org, and .info domains.

But lately we've noticed that domain reselling crapola has started to bleed over into those other TLDs too!

So we're taking a stand. We are now acting as a registrar for a total of TWENTY-ONE TLDs. Squatters, take notice - you'll now have to work nearly SIX TIMES as hard to ruin things for everyone else! .biz, .asia, and .tv can't wait to make your acquaintance!

But we didn't stop there. We can also now register NINE ccSLDs too - things like '.co.uk' and '.net.nz'. They call those "country code second-level domains".

A total of 30 "dot-whatevs" are now a part of our domain registration and renewal system. You can even transfer the registration duties for any of these new TLDs and ccSLDs TO your DreamHost account from any outside registrar. The benefit there is that your hosting fees AND domain registration fees will all appear on just one bill.

DreamHost Wiki: Registration Transfers

Pricing ranges from $9.95/yr for "the classics" all the way up to $49.95/yr for ".mn" who seems to have an inflated sense of self-worth, honestly!

You can find complete pricing and more info on our blog at:

DreamHost Blog: What's In A Name?

Oh and one other thing - our web panel's domain registration form will now make SUGGESTIONS for alternate domains when the one you want is taken. We're happy to bring you this much-requested feature, and we feel it's as useful today as it was when every other registrar started doing it back in 1999.

ZING!

We've got this job...

We're hiring for a few positions right now.

Open Positions at DreamHost

One position that's proven difficult to fill is that of "Marketing Manager".

We're looking for a very unique blend of marketing experience and an advanced understanding of specific technologies. We're getting a lot of people who are phenomenal marketers but give us blank stares when asked to explain the difference between VPS and dedicated hosting.

Likewise we've spoken with a bunch of people who know everything there is to know about, say, Amazon's EC2 - but have little to no experience in the marketing world.

We considered smooshing these two groups of people together hoping that the ideal candidate would just snap into existence, but the boys in the lab tell us we'd just end up with a giant hairy, fleshy, bleedy ball that would scare the hell out of people and not actually get any work done.

We also considered holding an evening mixer with both types of applicants, free-flowing alcohol, and repeated encouragements for people to 'get busy' after the event...but we ran some simulations and it turns out that approach could take up to 20 years to bear fruit. We don't have that kind of time.

So we're appealing to you here, in the newsletter.

If you...

• live in Southern California (or will relocate on your dime)
• have product marketing experience
• are excited by developing go-to-market strategies for new products
• can write copy - and not just manage someone else who does!
• know the basic differences between IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS
• understand where the hosting market stands and where it's headed
• can deal with me as your boss

...we would like to talk to you!

Submit Your Resume!

New Charity: Project C.U.R.E.

April through May we solicited donations for Group B Strep International, dedicated to promoting worldwide awareness and prevention of GBS. 47 of you dug deep and contributed a total of $2221.01, which we then matched three times over for a total contribution of $8884.04!

Group B Strep International

47 individual donations to any charitable cause is a new record for us. Thank you to everyone who contributed - GBS awareness is an issue that is very close to our hearts at DreamHost.

Our next donation target is...

Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment)

Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world. Project C.U.R.E. builds sustainable healthcare infrastructure by providing the medical supplies and equipment that medical personnel need to deliver healthcare to their communities. Since its inception, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to needy people in more than 120 countries.

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

Donate to Project C.U.R.E.

DreamHost 101: Autoresponders

Let's say you're going on vacation... Some place nice, relaxing, and easy on the joints. Some place where the rules of the road simply do not apply. You could even retire there, maybe!

You don't want to bother telling everybody you know where you've gone in advance, but it would be nice if the people who emailed you during your trip could get some idea of when they might hear back from you.

That's just one of many reasons why autoresponders exist!

Manage Your DreamHost Autoresponders

Our autoresponder tool lets you write an Away message, set start and end dates, choose which email address does the responding...and that's about it!

There's not much to it, really. It's a pretty simple tool.

But oh-so-useful.

DHSOTMs

As voted by you, the winners from MAY are as follows...

The winner in the CONTENT and ORIGINALITY categories is:
The Adventures of Joe D. Zyner
"A Web comic illustrating the struggles of three in-house designers."

http://www.joedzyner.com/

The winner in the DESIGN category is:
O DesignStudios
"Interactive design and museum exhibit media design services"

http://odesignstudios.com/

The winner in the OVERALL and STRUCTURE categories is:
FutureNoir Design Studio
"FutureNoir is a small web and graphic design studio with more than 15 years experience in internet media. We provide distinctive web, identity, and print solutions for businesses and individuals (and monsters too). Although we occasionally provide services to large corporations, our focus is on small and medium sized businesses with a passion for creative innovation, music, writing, and the arts."

http://www.futurenoir.net/

Congratulations to the winners!

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

https://panel.dreamhost.com/index.cgi?tree=home.dhsotm

Apple must hate our surveys - Win an iPad!

I like to drink milk.

Guests at my house can drink milk. Sometimes I give milk to my friends for no reason at all. "Nice shirt, here's some milk." - That sort of thing.

I paid for that milk. That milk is mine. It belongs to me. And I just give it away. I give it away like it ain' no thang.

I give it away because I believe in strong bones, eating cereal the way it's meant to be eaten, and America.

So when I read this news story, I was a little confused:

CNN Money: Apple tries to put the kibosh on iPad and iPhone giveaways

Apple believes that any time you intend to give away Apple products you have to run it past them first.

I'm sorry, but that is bonkers.

When I give milk away I don't need to talk to my grocer, a farmer, or a cow. I just do it. That's living, brother.

To celebrate the lunacy of unenforceable legal documents from one of America's best-loved companies, we're giving away not one but TWO iPads this month. And we did not ask anyone's permission.

Let's see what happens.

This month customer satisfaction is our number one interest. It's a quick jaunt through your overall DreamHost experience. The highs. The lows. Everything in-between.

Take the DreamHost June 2011 Survey!

Two lucky survey respondents will be selected at random to receive a 16GB Apple iPad (WiFi model, USA version).

Through the power of the Internet you can now tell us how we're doing without actually having to use your mouth. Which, you know, leaves more time for putting milk in it.

See ya next month!

I'll be older next month,
Brett D!

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