It's been a couple of busy late nights here for me. I've been doing major work with my websites, including this one. The last two months have been rough for thingelstad.com. There has been a lot of downtime and slow responses. I moved to TextDrive (no link for these guys) a while back and it was just horrible. I don't feel like using the kind of language I would need to describe how much I was frustrated with TextDrive. Let's just consider it a bad period.
I was looking for a new provider and a friend recommended Dreamhost. I started looking into it and liked what I saw. They had an amazing promotion for their 10 year anniversary for a year of hosting for $9 ($119 with a $110 discount) so I went for it. I'm absolutely loving Dreamhost. The administrative interface is slick and fast. The directory layout they give you makes sense. You can even SSH in and do command line things when needed. This is a huge saver from time-to-time. On top of all that, Dreamhost buys carbon credits to neutralize their data center. While I'd rather they used real renewable energy, this is a start.
Since I was burning the midnight oil already I decided to make the jump to WordPress 2.3. I was being uncharacteristically cautious due to the big changes with tagging in 2.3 and the potential for plug-in and theme incompatibilities. I decided to just go for it. It wasn't rough at all. I had to manually add the WordPress tagging system to my theme, but otherwise things went very smooth. I'm now running 2.3 on all sites and it's humming right along.
If you aren't using the WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plug-in, you need to. This thing is a huge time saver. I upgraded 4 WordPress sites with it and it was smooth as silk. Huge thumbs up!