Whether or not you handle one area or one hundred of them, you’ve doubtless stated to your self, “Self, I want there was a extra engaging and intuitive approach of managing my domains and web site internet hosting choices within the DreamHost management panel.” You’re not alone! We get that rather a lot.
Excellent news — issues are altering!
Area administration — arguably an important operate of your management panel — has an all-new look immediately! Proper now.
You might be questioning why we’re altering a core element of the internet hosting expertise right here at DreamHost after it has fulfilled its goal for the better part of two decades. Briefly: Occasions have modified!
The management panel was initially designed by builders whose no-nonsense sensibilities have been an ideal match for DreamHost’s buyer base on the time (additionally largely builders). It was the early-ish days of the web, and the panel was an efficient, environment friendly solution to handle your websites.
Over time, as we’ve added new options and superior performance to the panel, its structure has turn into a bit . . . cluttered. With so many hosting options, settings, and companies, it may be rather a lot to course of if you’re a buyer coming in with an important concept who merely needs to get on-line as shortly as attainable.
What we would have liked was a platform that may higher serve the shoppers we now have now, and one that may have loads of room to develop as we offer extra of the companies and options they’re in search of. On the similar time, modernizing the tech stack behind the DreamHost panel would enable us to deploy code and launch merchandise extra quickly and recruit much more gifted builders to the group.
And, nicely, that’s precisely what we constructed.
A Gorgeous New Strategy to Handle Your Websites
Our first huge replace to the Web sites management panel was Grid View, a wonderful new visible structure of all the web sites in your account. Grid View helps you to browse your websites with a screenshot of their entrance web page to shortly discover and handle the one you’re in search of. You’ll be able to see which options are enabled at a look, so it’s straightforward to inform if email or malware protection is arrange for a specific website.
Together with Grid View, we’ve added a extra compact Listing View that shows your websites in a condensed format with out the screenshots. Extra particulars about your domains might be toggled on and off, making this view a robust and versatile choice for anybody managing numerous websites on their account.
Superior Options When You Want Them
After all, we didn’t need to cram all the things about all of your websites right into a single view. Our second launch launched the brand new Area Overview part — an in depth dashboard that accommodates extra info and settings particular to every of your websites. From right here, you’ll be able to handle each facet of your web site, from electronic mail to PHP settings.
Room for Actions
Expandability was a must have when designing the brand new management panel. And develop, it could possibly. Our new WordPress migration service launched simply in time to be the primary live-action check of the panel’s new modular structure.
What would have taken weeks to develop underneath the previous interface was a a lot less complicated matter of:
- Create the API endpoint.
- Design the web page.
- Have fun.
This type of flexibility was mind-boggling to the group and a welcome addition to our workflow. What’s most fun? We aren’t restricted to the present characteristic set and may develop to accommodate no matter our prospects discover helpful — safety, advertising, efficiency, and extra!
Simple Web site Setup
Lastly, we wished to enhance the expertise for patrons when including a brand new web site. The previous setup circulation was filled with area of interest, technical options that the overwhelming majority of our prospects discovered extra complicated than useful. Slightly than forcing customers to scroll by means of all of that, we need to allow you to concentrate on choices that matter. By lowering setup to a couple easy steps, we are able to get your site up and running in minutes, so you may get to work!
We Actually Do Learn the Suggestions!
Thanks to all of you who kicked the tires, clicked round, and submitted your feedback and recommendations for Grid and Listing View whereas they have been nonetheless simply beta previews within the panel. Your real-time suggestions made it into every new section of the venture and helped us keep centered on the options that make your hosting expertise a little bit faster, simpler, and nicer to have a look at.
True story: One of many early variations of Listing View had missed the mark. We’d gotten a little bit carried away whereas decluttering the interface, and it was slowing individuals down, needing extra clicks to get the identical issues carried out. Oh boy, did we hear about it, and we have been so grateful for that suggestions! We caught it fast, modified course, and even managed to host a handful of face-to-virtual-face interviews to study extra about the way you’d like your management panel to look, really feel, and performance. It’s that type of interplay that warms our hearts and retains our to-do lists full.
There’s Extra in Retailer!
We’re excited to convey you all these updates with the brand new Web sites panel and may’t wait to point out you what’s developing subsequent. Within the meantime, in case you have any questions, feedback, or moonshot recommendations for the panel, we’re nonetheless listening! The suggestions kind is constructed into the new dashboard, so tell us what you assume!