This is just a quick note to let you know that I’ve created a discount code (97BONES) through Dreamhost that gives you $97 off your first year of hosting. Given that a year of hosting costs $119.40, this works out to an 81% discount. Your final cost for the entire year will be $22.40, and you even get a free domain name registration.
In case you’re not aware how this works, Dreamhost customers can create promo codes that offer discoutns of up to $97. If you set it up for less, you get to keep the difference when someone signs up. In this case, I’ve set it up to give you guys the maximum discount available. Since $97 – $97 = $0, it’s a good deal for you and a push for me.
Full disclosure: I ultimately outgrew Dreamhost and had to move on to greener pastures (with a dedicated server). Early on, Dreamhost served my purposes very well, and it’s a great way to get your feet wet without risking much money (here’s a rundown of what they offer). If nothing else, it gives you a place to back up files online since you get 500 GB of space (to start with – it increases by 2 GB every week), and it supports WebDAV such that you can map your storage space to your desktop like a virtual hard drive. In fact, even though I no longer host with Dreamhost, I’ve kept my account open for these sorts of uses.
Note that you can also create your own promo codes after you get started to help reduce your costs even further (or even turn a profit).