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Dreamhost

Introduction

DreamHost was founded in 1997 by four friends at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California: Dallas Bethune, Josh Jones, Michael Rodriguez and Sage Weil. Since then, DreamHost has become one of the most well-known and popular web hosting companies. They now host over 1.5 million websites, including over 750,000 WordPress installations. They’ve won PCMag’s Business Choice Awards for Web Hosting Service for 2014-2016.

DreamHost is also a certified carbon-neutral host, and makes every effort to conserve resources in their own offices. They’re also a member of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce.

DreamHost offers 24/7 support via a ticket system. You can open a request for support through your customer dashboard.

They also maintain a forum on their website where you can post your questions. Support staff is active in the forums, and most questions are answered within 24 hours.

Many reviews mention the quality of their support, though some reviewers were frustrated by not having access to immediate phone or live chat support.

While live chat and phone support can be useful for simple questions, customers with more complicated issues are usually directed to open a support ticket anyway. DreamHost maintains an extensive knowledgebase on their website that answers the most common questions users have about hosting. If you have a more complicated issue, it probably could not be answered immediately via live chat or phone even if it was available.

SpecificationWordPress HostingVPS HostingShared HostingDedicated HostingCloud Hosting
Price$4.95/mo$15.00/mo$4.95/mo$169.00/mo$4.50/mo
Average Uptime99.94%99.94%99.94%99.94%99.94%
Speed648 ms648 ms648 ms648 ms648 ms
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
StorageUnlimited30 GBUnlimited1 TB HDDUnlimited

WordPress Hosting

WordPress and DreamHost make the perfect pair. In fact, they’ve been hosting WordPress websites and blogs since the very beginning (they’re over 20 years old, whew!). Optimized for performance and preconfigured for easy maintenance, DreamHost’s services can help you get your site up and running fast and are specially designed for ideal WordPress operations. Whether you want simple and streamlined or all the bells and whistles, DreamHost offers a variety of platform-specific packages that make managing a WordPress site stress-free.

Whether you’re in the web biz or not, WordPress is likely a household name, a common element in the conversation surrounding website creation. And that’s no surprise, considering that WordPress currently powers more than 30 percent of the web — a significant chunk of cyberspace.

Not only is WordPress a good option for beginners, but it also boasts scalability and advanced offerings for seasoned website owners looking to upgrade, grow, and expand. WordPress offers anyone-can-do-it usability with versatility and functionality perfect for building your own unique, high-performance website. You also have the added benefits of customizability, open-source flexibility, and a knowledgeable, diverse web community to collaborate with and reference if you get stuck.

VPS Hosting

VPS is short for virtual private server and is also known as a virtual server. VPS Hosting is a hosting solution for websites and applications, where server resources are isolated for individual users. VPS users experience more consistent performance, which translates to more responsive and faster websites.

MySQL is the workhorse of the web database world, and they even offer a VPS option pre-configured to deliver an optimized MySQL experience. Easily set up and create MySQL databases within your control panel.

There are no limits on the amount of traffic your VPS hosted site or app can receive. All they ask is that you be nice and comply with our unlimited policy.

Host an unlimited number of domains and websites on your VPS server.

Shared Hosting

With Shared Hosting, there’s no limit to the amount of disk space you can use for your site. That means when your site goes viral, you don’t have to stress about storage.

Whether you’re building your business or your brand (or both), you want to put your best foot forward. An exclusive email tied to your domain can give you a professional edge as you work to grow your website. With DreamHost’s Shared Unlimited plan, you get a dedicated email @ your domain. Additionally, DreamHost offers paid email plans, so anybody — even Shared Starter customers — can add professional email from their domain, up to five mailboxes with 25GB of disk storage each. And you don’t have to pay a pretty penny for these services they start as low as $1.67 a month!

With a Shared Starter plan, you can host one website — a great place to begin! If you’re looking to manage a handful of sites, a Shared Unlimited plan allows you to host any number of websites. Whatever flexibility you need, DreamHost offers it.

Dedicated Hosting

Think of a dedicated web server as a storage unit for your website or web applications. It keeps documents, videos, images and other computer files online. Web hosting companies rent space to you. All you’ve got to do is upload files or a website onto the server.

Dedicated servers are fully-managed, business class servers. They are perfect for resource-heavy apps and giant websites. With a dedicated server, you have full control over how to configure your hosting environment making it perfect for major hosting needs.

Dedicated servers from DreamHost use the best hardware and software available to ensure your site is always up, and always fast.

  1. Comes with either HDD or SSD hard drives for lightning fast loading times.
  2. Use your server resources how you want without having to share.
  3. Rest easy with 24×7 DDoS protection and 2N+2 power redundancy.

Cloud Hosting

DreamHost currently offers two cloud services:

  1. DreamObjects
  2. DreamCompute
  1. DreamObjects

DreamObjects is an object storage system with infinite capacity. Think of it as a bottomless pit where you can continue to add files without having to worry about filling it up. Files are stored as objects into buckets. 

  1. DreamCompute

DreamCompute is DreamHost’s cloud computing service that provides scalable compute resources for developers and entrepreneurs. DreamCompute is based on OpenStack and designed for scalability, resiliency, and security.

With DreamCompute you can select the amount of compute resources and storage resources needed and define your own virtual networks.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. Good server performance with zero downtime
  2. SSDs now included on shared & VPS hosting plans
  3. A managed web hosting plan for WordPress sites
  4. 97 day money back guarantee which is amazing
  5. Affordable, entry-level cloud computing & VPS plans
  6. Offers a free domain name “for life” with the company

Cons

  1. In general, most plans are priced fairly high
  2. No customer support available via phone
  3. Live chat support only during US business hours
  4. DreamHost is not BBB accredited
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