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8.4/10 (Expert Score)
Product is rated as #11 in category Hosting
Features
8
Performance
8.5
Uptime
8
Support
8
Pricing
9.5
PROS:
  • Good uptime
  • 97-day money back guarantee
  • Free backups
  • Affordable
  • WordPress optimized 1-click installer
CONS:
  • No cPanel
  • Paid Migrations
  • Limited Live Chat Support
  • Limited number of tools and templates for web design.

DreamHost is one of the oldest web hosting providers, with the name New Dream Network, LLC was founded in 1996 in Los Angeles, California by Dallas Bethune, Josh Jones, Michael Rodriguez and Sage Weil, undergraduate students at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, and registered in 1997 by Michael Rodriguez.

It is currently one of the most trusted providers in the industry with approximately 1.5 million websites hosted. This company offers a wide range of low and medium cost hosting plans, basing its success on the quality of hosting services complemented by a generous range of features and tools.

During all these years its performance and reliability has not diminished, maintaining an above average uptime and amazing speeds. DreamHost also offers a 97-day money back guarantee to test its service.

DreamHost’s basic and best-known plan offers different applications such as WordPress, website creation options including your own and others such as Wix or Weebly with unlimited bandwidth and disk space.

We recommend DreamHost, it is an ideal web hosting option for both beginners and experts, but admittedly there are better options if you had to choose only one hosting provider.
DreamHost’s performance and reliability is good in every aspect, from uptime to fast load times as well as reasonable hosting prices. DreamHost unlike other companies does not make price increases at the time of renewals.

The limits offered in their plans are quite high, offering a lot of “unlimited” options for disk space, bandwidth, and more.

A disadvantage for some customers may be DreamHost’s custom control panel, which is not as functional and useful as cPanel and calls for a slightly higher degree of technical knowledge. DreamHost support is good and the self-help center are excellent and learn the basics of hosting. Overall DreamHost is one of the excellent web hosting companies and I would suggest you go for it.


Pricing, Hosting Plans

Available Plans:

DreamHost offers different types of hosting plans to meet each customer’s needs. They prioritize the quality of the service and not the quantity of options. Cost-effective shared hosting plans include SSD storage, email hosting and a free domain name, website builder, including SSl certificates. Some of the more advanced plans, such as their VPS hosting and cloud hosting packages, come with complimentary features.

  • Shared
  • Wordpress
  • Managed WordPress
  • Woocommerce
  • VPS
  • Dedicated
  • Cloud

Plan NameWebsiteSpaceBandwidthPanelSSDSSLPriceDetails
Shared Starter150GB Unmetered cPanelFreeAvailable $4.95 /moVisit
Shared UnlimitedUnlimited UnlimitedUnmetered Plesk Onyx 17.8FreePre-installed $10.95 /moVisit

Plan NameWordpressWebsiteSpaceBandwidthSSDSSLPriceDetails
Shared StarterPre-installed 150GB Unmetered FreeAvailable $4.95 /moVisit
Shared UnlimitedPre-installed Unlimited UnlimitedUnmetered FreePre-installed $10.95 /moVisit

Plan NameSpaceWordpress Website BuilderWebsiteBandwidthSSLCDNPriceDetails
DreamPress30GB SSDIncluded1Unmetered Pre-installed -$19.95 /moVisit
DreamPress Plus60GB SSDIncluded1Unmetered Pre-installed Unlimited CDN$29.95 /moVisit
DreamPress Pro120GB SSDIncluded1Unmetered Pre-installed Unlimited CDN$79.95 /moVisit

Plan NameSpaceWordpress Website BuilderWooCommerceWebsiteBandwidthSSLCDNPriceDetails
DreamPress30GB SSDIncludedPre-installed1Unmetered Pre-installed -$19.95 /moVisit
DreamPress Plus60GB SSDIncludedPre-installed1Unmetered Pre-installed Unlimited CDN$29.95 /moVisit
DreamPress Pro120GB SSDIncludedPre-installed1Unmetered Pre-installed Unlimited CDN$79.95 /moVisit

Plan NameSpaceRAMOSSSLPriceDetails
VPS Basic30 GB SSD1 GBLinuxPre-installed $15.00 /moVisit
VPS Business60 GB SSD2 GBLinuxPre-installed $30.00 /moVisit
VPS Professional120 GB SSD4 GBLinuxPre-installed $60.00 /moVisit
VPS Enterprise240 GB SSD8 GBLinuxPre-installed $120.00 /moVisit

Plan NameCPURAMSpacePriceDetails
Standard 4Intel Xeon 4-Core 8-Thread4 GB1 TB HDD$169.00 /moVisit
Standard 8 Intel Xeon 4-Core 8-Thread 8 GB1 TB HDD$209.00 /moVisit
Standard 16 Intel Xeon 4-Core 8-Thread16 GB1 TB HDD$249.00 /moVisit
Enhanced 16 Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread16 GB2 TB HDD$299.00 /moVisit
Enhanced 32 Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread32 GB2 TB HDD$349.00 /moVisit
Enhanced 64Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread64 GB2 TB HDD$399.00 /moVisit
Enhanced SSD 16Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread16 GB240 GB SSD$299.00 /moVisit
Enhanced SSD 32 Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread32 GB240 GB SSD$349.00 /moVisit
Enhanced SSD 64 Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread64 GB240 GB SSD$399.00 /moVisit

Plan NameCPUSpaceBandwidthIdeal forPriceDetails
512MB RAM Server1 vCPU80 GB SSD DiskFree for a limited timeTinkering$4.50 /moVisit
2GB RAM Server1 vCPU80 GB SSD DiskFree for a limited timeWebsites$12.00 /moVisit
8GB RAM Server4 vCPU80 GB SSD DiskFree for a limited timeWebsites$48.00 /moVisit


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Features

This provider offers different tools with enough to start and compensates for its limited functionality by making everything easier to use.

Friendly Website Builder

DreamHost makes available to its customers a tool for building websites called Remixer, created by them. This builder is easy to use is very decent and has a reasonably simple coding, you can develop a website in a friendly and basic way.

Dreamhost Remixer

Privacy Assured

DreamHost has some fairly acceptable privacy features, including a comprehensive anti-spam policy and free WHOIS privacy, so it can reduce spam and make it harder for hackers to target your website.

Free SSL included

You can have SSL included free on your website, thanks to DreamHost’s partnership with Let’s Encrypt

This is a feature that we see more and more often, in many other hosting providers and that is now also available with them. DreamHost SSL encryption provides great security for web pages. SSL encryption is the key consideration when selecting a web hosting provider, this is a great positive point of DreamHost.

Built-in caching

Built-in caching is not standard in plans but is available when required. This feature will help your website load faster by avoiding downtime.

WordPress Ready

DreamHost as well as SiteGround and BlueHost is another official WordPress partner. The company includes DreamPress, a powerful WordPress managed hosting, but also has shared plans ready to use with WordPress.

Among other things, each new WordPress installation comes with cache plugins configured for maximum performance. Include everything from easy installers to free themes and more than 50,000 plugins you may have to pay for elsewhere.

WordPress migration available

If you already have a website developed with WordPress Dreamhost you can easily migrate it without downtime and all within 48 hours. To have this service you have to pay $99 additional to the purchase of any shared hosting plan, or it can be free with one of the managed WordPress hosting plans.

Proprietary control panel

DreamHost comes with a proprietary and customized control panel different from the well-known cPanel that combines hosting management, domain registration and billing in one place allowing a very interesting administration if you have several websites that are managed by different people. Also if you have a VPS plan or dedicated server, you can use the same control panel to manage them. Custom DreamHost control panel can be a bit difficult to use.

Dreamhost Panel

 


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Performance

After performing a ping test we can conclude that the response speed of the DreamHost server is satisfactory, we can classify it as A. Our testing website loaded in less than half a second. It is faster than the average of other tested sites, which is surprising for a site without any performance optimization plugin.

DreamHost’s performance was excellent and consistent throughout the test. The number of live visitors to the site does not have a significant impact on performance.

March 2020

US (W) US (E) London Singapore Sao Paulo
61 ms 3 ms 92 ms 242 ms 133 ms
Bangalore Sydney Japan Performance
336 ms 222 ms 177 ms A


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Uptime

In general, the current state of the company is good, but there is room for further improvement in the future. The problem of some DreamHost crashes may occasionally arise as no one is perfect. Additionally through the DreamHost status page you can get all the updated status information of your services, as well as schedules and maintenance of your servers.

DreamHost has an availability guarantee. Like other companies in the market, if your monthly average falls below that threshold, you will receive a credit for the cost of the service.

Latest Uptime Stats

  • February 2020 – 100%.
  • January 2019 – 99.99%.
  • November 2019 – 99.65%.
  • October 2019 – 100%.
  • September 2019 – 99.97%.
  • August 2019 – 99.94%.


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Customer Support

After trying on some occasions the customer support area of DreamHost we must admit that they can improve it, although the staff was friendly and helpful contact channels available do not offer the best response times. The only way for your customers to contact support is through the ticketing system or through your limited live chat option.

The main downside is that Live Chat is only available from 5am – 10pm PST, 7 days a week.

DreamHost support strives to respond to all emails within 24 hours. Although callback requests are available, they are not included in all hosting packages. It also has a broad knowledge base that can help beginners and more advanced users address a wide range of issues.

Specification: Dreamhost

Available Services

Managed WordPress Hosting
Linux Hosting
Domain Names
Dedicated Hosting
Shared Hosting
VPS Hosting
Web Hosting
Email Hosting Services
Woocommerce Hosting
DreamPress Hosting
Cloud Server Hosting

Data Centers

California (USA)

Bandwidth

Unlimited with Shared, Wordpress, DreamPress, Woocommerce, VPS and Managed plans

Disk Space

Unlimited with some Shared plans

Unlimited Website

No

Uptime

99.94%

Free Site Migration

Yes

Free Domain

Yes

Linux Hosting

Yes

Windows Hosting

No

Domain Hosting

Yes

Dedicated IP

Yes

SSL Support

Free Let’s Encrypt SSL

Control Panel

Console and own platform

One Click Installation

Available

Website Builder

WP Website Builder

Security Features

Brute-force Protection, Malware Removal, ModSecurity, SiteLock Security

Backups

Daily

Performance Tools

CloudFlare CDN, SSD drives

Money Back Guarantee

97 days

24-7-365 Support

Yes

Support Type

Email Support, Live Chat, Phone Support, Ticket System

Payment Options

American Express, Check, Gift Certificate, MasterCard, Money Orders, PayPal, Visa

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