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Jill Olkoski

Jill has a MA in Clinical Psychology, a BS in Computer Science, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

She currently owns Aldebaran Web Design in Edmonds (near Seattle WA) and enjoys educating her clients on topics related to small business website design.

In Jill's previous life, she spent 17 years in the engineering and quality organizations of a Fortune 100 tech company.


How To Contact For Support

May 27th, 2008

(Important: If you’re reading this, you’re NOT on DreamHost’s website, you’re reading my blog. This is, not – DO NOT CONTACT ME FOR ASSISTANCE – Go To

Website hosting, like many other things in life, is not guaranteed to have 100% uptime. There may be times when your website is down, or loading slowly. If you are using DreamHost as your website hosting company, it’s a simple matter to submit a support ticket to find out what’s up and get whatever may be causing the issue resolved. This article assumes you are using for your website hosting company. Note that I no longer recommend DreamHost to my clients and one of the many reasons is that it’s become too darn hard to contact them. They have no phone number to call, no live chat, and their support ticket turnaround time is too long.

J. Olkoski
Aldebaran Web Design, Seattle
Jill Olkoski has a BS in Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She delights in using her advanced technical and psychological skills to help small business owners develop cost-effective and successful websites.

16 Responses to “How To Contact For Support”

  1. Katie Kay Says:

    I use Dreamhost for my website, and my site has been down more in the last month than it has in the whole previous 10 months that I have used Dreamhost. They have given me a different reason for it on each new support ticket that I have submitted. BUT…they are prompt, curteous, and generally concerned, so I am hanging in there with them until they figure it out.

  2. Madalyn Aslan Says:

    My Dreamhost MAIL has been down all day – it is Tuesday, February 17. I cannot even get onto the server control. Please fix as soon as possible!

    Many thanks,

  3. Jill Olkoski Says:

    Hi Madalyn,
    This is a blog article for Aldebaran Web Design. I use DreamHost, and wrote this article to help folks contact them for support. But asking for help here, on my blog, won’t do you any good. If you can’t log into your DreamHost control panel, you should always check here:

    I see from looking there that indeed DreamHost is having issues with their control panel and they’re working on it. But again, this is not something I can fix – I’m a different company. Please be patient with them, I’m sure they’re doing everything they can.

  4. Turbos Says:

    This one administrator pruned posts and deleted a lot. I want to somehow reverse this and one of the back ups is in the wrong format. Can you tell me how to get it in the correct format or how you can reverse it? The site admin couldn’t do it but I just don’t wanna give up.

    At the urge of quitting.

  5. Jill Olkoski Says:

    If you’ve deleted parts of your blog accidentally, I’d simply submit a support ticket to DreamHost and ask them to restore your WordPress database.

  6. Patrick Stratton Says:

    I have tried the right email channel for contacting dreamhost my website is not up and running I want to cancel an accidental click PSMSQL server and I am in a panic
    They havn’t replied

  7. Jill Olkoski Says:

    Hi Patrick,
    I know they are moving a bunch of servers around and are having some issues in the past week. You can always check their emergency status here: Otherwise, they continue to respond to help tickets, and so if you’ve submitted a support ticket (not by sending email, but by logging into your control panel and filling out their form.) If you need to use online chat, you can always upgrade to that service, again, by using the control panel support ticket feature. I’ve personally gotten responses to my support ticket requests in the past few days, so they are there, they are just fighting some issues right now. So try to be patient, and make sure you have filled out a support ticket, check the emergency link, and if necessary, upgrade your account so you can use the online chat service.

  8. jonesgirl Says:

    The absolute worst customer service ever. Their customer service rep was rude, typed obnoxious messages in all caps, said things like YOU ARE NOT LISTENING! PAY ATTENTION! when I was trying to figure out what he was talking about, and acted in ways that would get most people fired. Absolutely disgraceful and unprofessional, which pretty much sums up Dreamhost. More like Nightmarehost.

  9. Jill Olkoski Says:

    Hi JonesGirl,
    I’m sorry you had a bad experience. With over a hundred website clients, I chat with DreamHost several times a week, and have never had this type of experience. Perhaps you didn’t know this, but DreamHost keeps track of all of your chats, and so I recommend that you get back on a chat, and ask whoever answers to look up your chat records and find out who at DreamHost you were chatting with. I find it very hard to believe that they would type in all caps with exclamation marks – I’ve never had this happen or even come close to them being rude – and so rather than bashing the whole company, I suggest you give them the opportunity to make this right by you. If what you are saying is true, they will have a record of the chat.

    I deal with a large number of hosting companies every single day, and DreamHost customer service, in my experience, is heads and shoulders above many of them, due to expertise and speed of reply, and I don’t hesitate to recommend them to my clients.

  10. Jill Olkoski Says:

    Are you still having trouble contacting DreamHost?

  11. Salman Sarwar Says:

    Dear Jill
    I am writing you to get some help I explain you situation here My company is Based In Scotland and we are doing our business here in scotland and it is proper VAT and tax pay registered company .And I gave my website project to some Guys In Pakistan and I paid them for my website and my ebay shop was linked to that web for 1 year then they started blackmailing my and started demanding money to get my domain back I tried my best to get my domain back and domain is on my company name and I can provide all my company registered documents and VAT Tax docs and I talked to my Lawyer he advised me to find contact details for dream Host then we will provide all information legally and is it possible when domain will be due for renew it can be given to us not to that Guy as he just blackmailing me and I can provide all corresponding emails which been done between me and that Guy you can advise or guide me in this matter will be so kind you can reply me through my email

  12. Jill Olkoski Says:

    I am not part of Dreamhost, but a Dreamhost customer and web designer. All Dreamhost contact info and login panel is at Since you have hired an attorney, following their advice would be best.

  13. Denisse Says:

    We are constantly having connection issues with our email addresses that are supported through dreamhost. At this very moment I cannot send OR receive emails at all!
    I tried to log in to my emails through but it wont let me do that either!! Therefore I cannot contact them through live chat…does anyone know a phone number where I can call or maybe another source of communication to dremahost? HELP PLEASE!

  14. Jill Olkoski Says:

    Hi Denise,
    First off. Please don’t panic. Let’s all remember that we’re paying around $10 a month for a shared hosting service, and if your website business is so critical, you should probably be paying much, much, more at a different company. Take a deep breath, these things happen sometimes. I’ve been with DreamHost since 2006, and they will get it fixed as soon as they can. You can always also check Twitter @dhstatus to see what’s happening and also If is down, check Twitter. But remember you’re not alone, many folks are in the same situation, and panicking isn’t going to help anyone. Once Dreamhost knows about an issue, they will fix it. Trying to contact them doesn’t help the situation if they’re already working on it. Just step away from the computer, do something else for a time, and check back.

    With all the other problems in the world right now, and with all the suffering, having a website down for a few hours is really not that horrible of a situation. Let’s keep this in perspective folks.

  15. bob zoell Says:

    Hi, do you have a link to a live chat with
    I searched and found no phone numbers nor chat links. They are impossible to get hold of. I want to quit their service and join
    Bluehost. They have a phone number with real person who i have no trouble talking to. Dreamhost is a nightmare to discuss problems with.
    Thanks you for any info you can give me.

  16. Jill Olkoski Says:

    Hi Bob,
    The short answer is no. Once upon a time, they had live chat for all, then they removed it without notification. Then they added it back for VPS clients, and I’m not sure of it’s recent status. Honestly, I left DreamHost (with several dozen clients) after being with them for six years because of poor communication and technical issues – and because frankly they are really hard to get a hold of and many other companies offer 24/7 phone and live chat support. So the only way I got to Live Chat, was by having a VPS (Virtual Private Server) and by logging into my own account.

    In contrast, those of us that have moved to BlueHost are really enjoying the experience. My clients who call them give me really good feedback on their phone support, which is all in the US, not outsourced, and available any day or night. I’ve now moved over 40 clients from DreamHost to BlueHost, and am really happy we did.

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