DreamHost, the company that provides servers for this website and an increasing number of others I host, has done me wrong a number of times, but now that they upgraded my system from a Pentium III to a dual Xeon, things have been smooth. My hosting plan of choice is their “Code Monster” plan, for which I pay about $12 a month in lump payments every two years.
Last night, I processed the payment for the next two years. In turn, I host sites for friends and clients in addition to myself. It takes only one client to pay for DreamHost’s hosting fees, so I don’t complain too much. They provide more than enough server space and bandwidth for now.
This is the kind of expense I should use Quicken to spread out over the two year period (the accural method) but I usually don’t bother with so much detail and just record the lump expense when I pay for it (the cash method).
While occasionally I’ve threatened to leave, I’ve been a customer since 1999. Prior to that my web space was provided to me for free by various universities, including the University of Delaware (I attended school there, so I guess it was included in tuition), Princeton University (I worked there), and George Mason University (a friend of a friend attended school there).
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published July 10, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.