DreamHost Review

If you are looking for quality hosting for WordPress, Dreamhost is one of the best and at a very affordable price. Their managed DreamPress hosting starts at $7.95 per month and they will handle a lot of the technical aspects for you such as installing & configuring WordPress, updating it when new versions are released, and setting up automated backups in case the worst should happen. Which it probably won’t, as they include a lot more security features than other shared and managed WordPress hosts do. If you just want to focus on the content of your website and let somebody else handle the maintenance then DreamHost is a very solid choice that won’t put your budget in the red. Being able to host your company email with them as well is an added bonus.

In 1997, Dallas Bethune, Josh Jones, Michael Rodriguez and Sage Weil—four undergraduates at Harvey Mudd College—achieved their dream of starting their hosting company, DreamHost. Today they provide domain registration, web hosting and cloud service to 1.5 million websites, blogs and applications, and support over 400,000 web developers, content creators and small businesses.

They offer a full spectrum of Hosting options and solutions comprised of Web, VPS, Cloud and Dedicated plans as well as a specialized WordPress Hosting service. Built on the promise of commitment to their customers, DreamHost will help you through any obstacle you should face when developing your online business, blog or eCommerce store.

The Bottom Line:

  • 100% uptime guarantee (see more below)
  • 97 day Money-Back guarantee (longer than industry standard)
  • Managed WordPress hosting (they will do the installation, updates, and backups for you)
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • Cloud storage plans available
  • Extensive security features
  • An excellent choice for people who would not consider themselves “tech-savvy”

Our Uptime Scores:

99.95% – excellent

Uptime is the amount of time that your website will load when a user tries to visit it, with 100% being it will load every time and 0% being it never loads. DreamHost says that they have a 100% uptime guarantee, but our monitors actually showed that the number was closer to 99.95%. That is still an excellent score and well above average for the industry standard for shared hosting plans. And to be fair if you rounded up to a whole number, then all of the websites we monitored would have scored 100% (and one actually did!). You would have a tough time finding a shared hosting provider that scores a perfect 100%. It’s almost impossible to guarantee that unless you are dealing with a private server or VPS which you will pay a lot more for and are far more than the average business owner or hobbyist needs.

The Types of Hosting That DreamHost Offers:

DreamHost are extremely generous when compared to other hosting providers who like to nickle and dime their customers.

For starters, they offer a three tiered Web Hosting service—3 year, 1 year, and monthly. If you want to save some extra cash, DreamHost will knock off 20% when you sign up for multiple years. No matter what plan you choose, you’re entitled to free setup fees, a domain name, domain privacy protection and SSL/TLS Certificates with Let’s Encrypt.

Not enough? Each Web Hosting plan comes with unlimited storage and bandwidth, unlimited domain hosting and unlimited email accounts. With the ability to host, manage and be in full control of all your data at such an affordable price makes you almost wonder if there’s a catch. There isn’t. DreamHost is just that good.

Here’s even MORE standard features included in DreamHost’s Web Hosting packages:

  • Web-integrated cPanel
  • PHP5 Support
  • Unlimited MySQL Databases
  • SSL Secure Server
  • Rails, Python, Perl Support
  • Full Unix Shell
  • Full CGI Access

Oh…did we mention there’s a 97 day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied? That’s right…DreamHost have quite possible the best guarantee out of any Web Hosting company. They also have a 100% Uptime Guarantee, proving to you they are the gold standard of hosting providers.

If you need WordPress hosting, DreamHost offers two plans:

  1. Shared Hosting
  2. Dream Press (Managed WordPress Hosting)

Shared Hosting is the most basic of the two plans, yet it still provides you with an affordable route to achieving success with your website. The shared plan includes One-click WordPress install, supports multiple WordPress sites and domains, and comes with the 97 day guarantee.

DreamPress is essentially double the price as Shared Hosting, but you get what you pay for—and it’s still cheap. This package is fully managed by DreamHost, so you can focus more on your business and less on annoying technical hangups that can get in the way. DreamPress is over five times faster than shared hosting; it’s preconfigured so you can be up and running within minutes, and it has in-built scaling capabilities so it can handle traffic spikes.

Whatever plan you decide to go with, DreamHost promises easy setups, automated backups and updates, 100% network uptime with unlimited bandwidth and 24/7 support. They are also compatible with all WordPress themes and plugins.

DreamHost’s VPS Server packages come in four different price points, the lowest currently starting at $15 month with 1GB RAM and 30 GB SSD Storage. The following plans go from 2 GB RAM and 60 GB SSD storage, 4 GB and 120 GB SSD Storage, and max out with 8GB and 240GB Storage. All VPS packages include unlimited bandwidth and domains.

Other bonuses you’ll enjoy with their VPS Server plans are unlimited 24/7 support, an intuitive control panel, and Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) which promises five years of security updates.

DreamHost’s Dedicated Severs are more than enough to handle any demand you throw at them, and they’ve got plenty of room for growth. Don’t worry about having enough Bandwidth or Ram or disk space. They’ve got you covered.

Here’s some specs:

  • Max Cores: 12
  • Max Ram: 64GB
  • SSD Storage: Yes
  • Max Storage: 2TB
  • RAID 1: Yes
  • Max Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Uptime Promise: 100% guaranteed.

Cloud Storage is another service DreamHost offers, ranging from 40GB for less than a buck per month to a whopping 20,480GB for 299.95/mo! If you need a Cloud Server they’ve got those, too, coming in 512MB, 2GB and 8GB versions. The 512MB is for tinkerers, whereas the 2GB and 8GB plans are for databases, businesses and online entrepreneurs.

Email:

Do you desire to communicate with your customers? You should, and that’s why you need a web hosting company with a great email service. Luckily, DreamHost fits the bill. They give you unlimited emails, so you can create and manage as many as you need. This includes POP/IMAP/SMTP accounts, unlimited auto-responders and more.

Security and Other Included Freebies:

DreamHost is paramount in keeping your data safe. Their team of security engineers is internally known as Nightmare Labs—we figure because they are a nightmare for any cyberthreat to deal with.

Some of their security services include:

  1. Malware Remover, enabling any malware found on your website to be eradicated.
  2. Let’s Encrypt, which consists of FREE SSL/TLS certificates
  3. Free Domain Privacy
  4. HTTP/2, encrypted by default
  5. Mod_Security, the leading web standard application firewall for apache.
  6. Lua-resty-waf, a web application firewall for Nginx

As far as bonuses are concerned, DreamHost quite possibly have the most extensive library of freebies out of any hosting company. Depending on your hosting demands your bonuses will differ, but if there is one thing we are certain of it’s that you will not be forced to continually open your wallet until you’re left scratching the bottom.

Customer Service:

DreamHost are available 24/7/365 to deal with any customer questions or complaints. They also provide their customers with a continually updated system status, knowledgebase, live chat and a forum where they can discuss their issues.

Remember, if you’re truly disappointed with DreamHost, or maybe you just decide you don’t need hosting service, you can always cancel within 97 days for a full refund.

Conclusion:

A lot of hosts support WordPress, but you’ll need to set it up yourself and keep on top of the updates. An out-of-date version of WordPress can be vulnerable to malware, which can take your website down entirely or add insidious but difficult to see code that will cause your rankings in Google to plummet if they don’t drop you off the index entirely. Even other managed WordPress hosting plans don’t have all the security features that DreamHost does, or they are available but you will end up paying a lot more money for them. And if for some reason you’re not happy with the service at DreamHost, they do have one of the hosting industries best and longest term money-back guarantees.

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