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May 19, 2010

DreamHost's Hypothetical Question

Alexander spotted an interesting question in a recent DreamHost survey: "If DreamHost were to be acquired by Google, I would... (a) consider leaving (b) take no action".

DreamHost is a popular web hosting service. According to Wikipedia, "in 2009, the company began offering free web application hosting. Either with their own domain, or with a free subdomain, customers are able to make use of a number of open source applications, such as WordPress and MediaWiki without charge. The service is similar to, and can be integrated with, the Google App Engine."

Ironically, DreamHost says that it's "a tight-knit family and we're not looking to sell out to investors or media conglomerates or other gigantic companies who care more about the bottom line than providing solid web hosting."

Web hosting is one of the few important missing features from Google Apps. Right now, Google offers a basic service for creating web sites, which is better suited for wikis, and a platform for web apps.

{ Thanks, Alexander. }


  1. In their dreams.

  2. DreamHost has some terrible service with painful downtime.. and once they even tried to hold one of my domains hostage over some separate billing issues.. luckily ICANN got them to behave..

    If Google bought them it would not be for their infrastracture. Maybe for the customer service... DHs' is got to be better: at least they have some human interaction with the customers 8)

  3. I would love this to happen!

  4. I'd move my sites in a clock tick.

  5. Day dream? Google has own cloud storage service.

  6. I'm very happy with Dreamhost, and I'd be in favor of them becoming part of Google.

  7. Although if you ever read any of their newsletters or blog posts, things are often jokes with a sarcastic sense of humor.

    I would never read to much into something dreamhost says (and I'm a happy customer).

  8. I work with two different account and Dreamhost servers and have never had a problem. Would totally be jazzed about this happening although I think Dreamhost is just trying to be funny.

  9. I've got two accounts with DreamHost and have been a (happy) customer since 2006. Ditto to what Ryan said.

  10. haha i'll sell my company to google, lol

    check it out if you interested google :)

    google is the only one id sell it to though :)

  11. Google HAD web hosting... and got rid of "pages" in favor of "sites". Could it be that they have finally figured out that this was a disaster?


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