DreamHost Review - 2020

Updated: 22 June 2020
DreamHost is a web hosting provider and domain name registrar that is based out of the great city of Los Angeles. The company was founded in 1996 and is relied on to power 1.5 million websites. They have been a hosting company for almost 20 years, giving them a lot of experience. DreamHost will help you to create the website that you have always dreamed of. They have a community and support to help you to create your website faster and easier. They have even received the PCMag’s ‘Best Web Hosting Service’ award, not once, but two times in a row. So lets review so you can decide if this product, and which product is for you.



DreamHost - Main Features


DreamHost offers different hosting programs and other choices, I will sum each one up in a short manner to save you time.


DreamHost Control Panel

The vertical menu is neatly organized and easy to navigate. The "home" option is the main dashboard of the panel and here you will find news regarding the DreamHost services. Let's do a quick sum-up of what you will find in your navigation menu:


  • Domains - Where you manage your domains, DNS, SSL certificates, hosting, one-click installs, and so forth.
  • WordPress - Manage your websites.
  • Mail - Manage your email services.
  • FTP & SSH Users - Manage the website users.
  • Billing & Account - Make payments and manage your account.
  • Support - Provides links to the panel help, knowledge base, and the contact support page.
  • VPS - Configure a Virtual Private Server.
  • Dedicated Servers - Managing a dedicated server.
  • Remixer - Use DreamHost's own site builder called Remixer.
  • Cloud Services - Access to DreamCompute and DreamObjects.
  • More - List additional services like managing MySQL databases, password protect your site, create cron jobs, and so forth.

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Shared Hosting

Shared Hosting has limitations which can be expected seeing that is the most affordable option. Web hosting is made possible by a computer, which is revered as a server, that allows websites to be published online. The members of Shared Hosting share the server’s resources with other members. Shared Hosting is perfect for those with blogs, personal or business sites, portfolios, and database-driven sites. The cost of hosting is reduced simply by the fact that you share a server with others. Please note that you share a server, not your personal information.
It is possible that your site might run slower as a result, when another website that uses the same server as you get plenty of traffic. However, DreamHost places a large amount of time and effort into making sure that websites that are on the same server, never disrupt each other.

Cost: Prices starting anywhere from $2.59/month to $10.95/month depending on which package you choose.


WordPress

When starting to build a website, the first thing you need to do is to select a platform that is best suited for your site. This is not as easy as it sounds, seeing that there are thousands of options to choose from. So we all know perfect does not exist on the internet, but I would say WordPress comes really close to it. WordPress is an easy product to get started with and the benefits are plentiful. WordPress is a Content Managing System that helps you to build and manage your website.


WordPress Basic

Cost: From $2.59 and up.


Managed WordPress Hosting (DreamPress)


Cost: From $10.00 and up.


WordPress e-commerce Hosting (Woocommerce)


Cost: From $10.00 and up.


WordPress VPS Hosting


Cost: From $10.00 and up.


Dedicated WordPress Hosting


Cost: From $149 and up.

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VPS Hosting

A virtual private server (VPS) also known as a virtual server is a hosting solution where server resources are secluded for individuals. The members of VPS have more constant performance, making for faster and more responsive websites. You can also have an unlimited amount of domain names.

VPS hosting only uses Linux, not Windows or any other operating system. The Managed Virtual Servers do not have root access, but those who need full control can use the cloud servers that do have root-level access.

Cost: Anything from $10 or more per month depending on which package you choose.


Dedicated Hosting

A server that only has your files on it is called a dedicated server. This option gives you root access, which can be pretty useful when you want to modify your server to fit specific needs. Note, If errors are to occur due to customization of the server, DreamHost support will not be able to assist. Your MySQL server is on the same server, which is another benefit because it allows for faster access. Dedicated servers are perfect for those with huge websites or for apps that use a lot of resources.

Cost: Contact for pricing.

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Cloud Hosting

Two different cloud hosting products are offered by DreamHost. They are as follows:

Object Storage: This is an affordable cloud storage service. You can use Object Storage to host static data for your websites, you can store backups or you can invent the next big thing. DreamObjects can be accessed in your panel by using the built-in interface, programmatically via standard APIs, or with the growing library of applications. Amazon S3 API and DreamObjects are compatible.

Cloud Computing: As a highly scalable computing service. DreamCompute was built to power the following.

  • Big data
  • Web and Mobile applications
  • Testing and development environments
  • Digital media and e-commerce websites
  • The DreamCompute’s dashboard that was built off OpenStack’s Horizon can be used to manage the above-mentioned instances.

Website Builder

Easy Click-to-Edit Website Builder: Personalize your site by adding different page sections like image galleries, location maps, contact forms, menus and so much more. 

Gorgeous Customizable Themes: Get started by choosing one of the professionally crafted themes from their library and then you can bring your website to life by modifying the mobile-optimized theme so it can fit into your personal brand.

Stunning Filters and Image Editing: The days where you cannot filter an image are gone. Use the filters and image editing tools to bring your images to life. You can crop and save, rotate, scale to make your images look stunning.

Customized Colors and Fonts: Highlight your text or backgrounds with custom colors, then choose your favorite font from the broad selection of fonts, so everything can match how you imagined it.

Website builder Cost: Starts at $2.59.
Website Design Services Cost: Starts at $249

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Email

Email services such as Email Hosting and so forth are also provided by DreamHost in the form of Email Hosting and G Suite. Emails are personalized and fitted to your domain name, making it professional. These services include mailbox storage space, anti-spam, filters and so much more.

Email Hosting Cost: Starts at $1,67 per mailbox, per month.

G Suite Cost: Starts at $6 per user, per month.


Domain Name

A domain name is more than often the most important part of your brand because you can use it to direct people to your sites, social page, an e-commerce store, or even blog. Your sites can get a professional look, your brand can get strengthened and visitors can find you easier on the web. DreamHost domain names not that pricey, especially for "renewals". Many domain companies, sell the domains for cheap but, the renewal can cost a fortune, not the case with DreamHost.


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DreamHost - Pros

  • There is 24/7 support.
  • There is a 97-day money-back guarantee for the Shared Hosting products.
  • You get a day’s service credit for every hour that their services are interrupted.
  • The DreamHost page loading times are not too bad in general.
  • It is a one-click installer for WordPress and other apps/CMSs.
  • It takes a lot of electricity to run servers, never mind being a web host. That is why it is great to know that DreamHost has been a carbon-neutral company ever since 2007 after they started purchasing carbon offsets. They have neutralized 29,298.1 tons of greenhouse gasses in a time span of 10 years.

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Cons

There is no CPanel. For some it will be a downside, others simply don't mind. DreamHost created their personal control panel to produce a streamlined version for the non-techies, but for those that are accustomed to working with CPanel or Plesk, will most likely not like this.
Their WP Platform does not support HTML sites, so those who have sites that are composed of both will need 2 hosting plans.


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Conclusion

Like always, I recommend caution when you start with a company you have not used in the past. Start with one website, and test the service yourself before you go big scale. If all fails, it is easier to move one site than it is to move 10. I personally cannot find many flaws with their hosting and domain service, support is good, website builder not too bad and the price is worth it. In addition, there is almost no downtime (never noticed any) and the upload speed is impressive.

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Knowing what type of hosting you want and the service you expect in advance will help you to choose the right company without wasting money. Feel free to read the following articles if you are unsure about your needs.

Different Types of Hosting Explained

Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Web Host

Best Hosting Providers in 2020



Do you use DreamHost or used it in the past?
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4 comments:

  1. I like it. thank you for sharing blog post with us.

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  2. I've read so many good reviews about Dreamhost but I haven't tried it yet. I've used many other services and I had the best experience with Namecheap. I like Namecheap becasue of its great customer support. After reading your review, I think it worth it to give Dreamhost a shot and test the performance. Thanks.

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  3. Great post, thank you very much

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  4. Great review, One of the best Dreamhost reviews I've seen in a long time. I have to agree Dreamhost is one of the best hosting company's there is, They offer a lot of hosting services at an affordable price and in my opinion the best feature is the option to select what service you want and pay for that service only, So you don't have to pay a large amount for everything. The dreamhost customer Support is the best, No matter the problem i have they always respond pretty fast and they always try and solve the problem for you. In my opinion Dreamhost is one of the best if not the best hosting service.

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