- Good uptime
- 97-day money back guarantee
- Free backups
- WordPress optimized 1-click installer
- 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
- Shared Website Hosting. Starting from $2.59 to $4.95.
- WordPress Basic. Starting from $4.95 to $10.95.
- DreamPress Managed WordPress. Starting from $19.95 to $79.95.
- Woocommerce. Starting from $19.95 to $79.95.
- Cloud Hosting. Starting from $4.50 to $48.00.
- VPS Hosting. Starting from $10.00 to $80.00.
- Dedicated Server. Starting from $169.00 to $399.00.
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.
- Managed WordPress
|Plan Name||Space||Wordpress Website Builder||Website||Bandwidth||SSL||CDN||Price||Details|
|DreamPress||30GB SSD||Included||1||Unmetered||Pre-installed||-||$19.95 /mo||Visit|
|DreamPress Plus||60GB SSD||Included||1||Unmetered||Pre-installed||Unlimited CDN||$29.95 /mo||Visit|
|DreamPress Pro||120GB SSD||Included||1||Unmetered||Pre-installed||Unlimited CDN||$79.95 /mo||Visit|
|Plan Name||Space||Wordpress Website Builder||WooCommerce||Website||Bandwidth||SSL||CDN||Price||Details|
|DreamPress||30GB SSD||Included||Pre-installed||1||Unmetered||Pre-installed||-||$19.95 /mo||Visit|
|DreamPress Plus||60GB SSD||Included||Pre-installed||1||Unmetered||Pre-installed||Unlimited CDN||$29.95 /mo||Visit|
|DreamPress Pro||120GB SSD||Included||Pre-installed||1||Unmetered||Pre-installed||Unlimited CDN||$79.95 /mo||Visit|
|Standard 4||Intel Xeon 4-Core 8-Thread||4 GB||1 TB HDD||$169.00 /mo||Visit|
|Standard 8||Intel Xeon 4-Core 8-Thread||8 GB||1 TB HDD||$209.00 /mo||Visit|
|Standard 16||Intel Xeon 4-Core 8-Thread||16 GB||1 TB HDD||$249.00 /mo||Visit|
|Enhanced 16||Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread||16 GB||2 TB HDD||$299.00 /mo||Visit|
|Enhanced 32||Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread||32 GB||2 TB HDD||$349.00 /mo||Visit|
|Enhanced 64||Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread||64 GB||2 TB HDD||$399.00 /mo||Visit|
|Enhanced SSD 16||Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread||16 GB||240 GB SSD||$299.00 /mo||Visit|
|Enhanced SSD 32||Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread||32 GB||240 GB SSD||$349.00 /mo||Visit|
|Enhanced SSD 64||Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread||64 GB||240 GB SSD||$399.00 /mo||Visit|
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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 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 is not standard in plans but is available when required. This feature will help your website load faster by avoiding downtime.
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.
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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.
|US (W)||US (E)||London||Singapore||Sao Paulo|
|61 ms||3 ms||92 ms||242 ms||133 ms|
|336 ms||222 ms||177 ms||A|
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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.
- 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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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.
Managed WordPress Hosting
Unlimited with Shared, Wordpress, DreamPress, Woocommerce, VPS and Managed plans
Unlimited with some Shared plans
|Free Site Migration||
Free Let’s Encrypt SSL
Console and own platform
|One Click Installation||
WP Website Builder
Brute-force Protection, Malware Removal, ModSecurity, SiteLock Security
CloudFlare CDN, SSD drives
|Money Back Guarantee||
Email Support, Live Chat, Phone Support, Ticket System
American Express, Check, Gift Certificate, MasterCard, Money Orders, PayPal, Visa