DreamHost Review

Rated 3.8
3.8/5

Are you thinking of going with Dreamhost? and want to know about their negative and positive Points before buying?

That’s a great thing and another great thing is that you also land on the right page of the Right website.

because we write all the pros and cons of Dreamhost honestly to make this real Dreamhost review

So Now Let’s Come To what you have come here for. Let’s Do the Dreamhost Review.

DreamHost Review

Our Ratings

Speed
3.8/5
Features
4.1/5
Uptime
3.5/5
Customer Support
3.8/5
Overall Ratings​
3.8/5

Ratings By Other Websites

Website 1
0/5
Website 2
0/5
Website 3
0/5

PROS

  1. Free WP Website Builder
  2. Free Daily Backup(2 weeks)
  3. 97 Day MoneyBack Guarantee
  4. Free Automated WordPress Migration
  5. Month to Month Pricing Plans with no Commitment
  6. Green Hosting

Cons

  1. No Cpanel
  2. Additional Fee For Simple Features and Services
  3. Worst Uptime

Dreamhost is a magician. Hackers cannot find ways to breach the security of Dreamhost. That’s how strong security they have. Their passion for privacy made them an ideal hosting.

Dreamhost has been providing hosting services for 2 decades. They have powered 1.5 Million Websites and sustained 400k happy customers.

The best thing is that they are recommended by WordPress as a Hosting Partner. Dreamhost is making web hosting easy. They are DIY (Do it Yourself) hosting.

Dreamhost has maintained low pricing on hosting plans despite adding various features and adapting to the New trends.

They have adopted Open source Technology for building their site, tech infrastructure, and hosting.

But still, many customers have complained regarding its speed, Uptime and many more. So, let’s deep dive into Dreamhost Review to understand it better.

Features Availability
Auto Backup Yes
Plan upgrading process Yes but very long and complex
Unique IP Yes
Access without domain Yes
Storage Type SSD
Free SSL Yes
Memcached Yes but with Business Plan
Speed optimization No
Cpanel No
Auto install CMS (WordPress, Magento) Yes
Free Trial No
MoneyBack Guarantee 97 Day Moneyback Guarantee
Pricing $2.59/mo for 36 month term
Data Center Location 2 (Virginia and California, USA)
Site Migration Yes with Plugin

Performance (Rating:3.8)

Speed and Overall performance of hosting matter most if you are running high traffic websites.

Dreamhost is doing Good in regards to speed and Overall page performance.

Their server response time is 400 ms and Page loading time is 1.2-1.4 seconds.

They are good at handling traffic spikes. But error 404 and getting stuck while loading the page are still problems for website owners.

Page speed is increasing the bounce rate which is worrisome for me. Remember that more bounce rates and slow loading time can affect the website’s overall SEO.

But have they taken any steps to improve it?

Yes, they have built their Own Caching system. The server-level caching can improve the speed and performance of the WordPress site. It is a pre-installed plugin in your all DreamPress Plan.

Let’s see how it turns out in the future.

 

Uptime (Rating:3.5)

Your existence on search results and internet is purely depend on your hosting Uptime.

Just 5 sec of absence and you will become non-existent for the search engines. That’s how important Uptime is.

Dreamhost is very fair in uptime. Their uptime is 99.84% which means 16 mins of downtime in a week.

Others can claim it is good but for me, it is worse as other hosting providers are providing 99.99% Uptime.

But Don’t worry, Dreamhost has promised a 100% Uptime guarantee.

If their promised uptime goes below their guarantee, they will credit the money to your user account. But the refund money will only be used for the next prepaid hosting renewal.

Or rather, they will provide a 10% discount on your next prepaid Hosting renewal.

In case of site maintenance and user error, you can’t claim any refunds.

 

Security (Rating:4.0)

Dreamhost has multiple layers of protection but the tricky part is its long and complicated Signup Process. Hackers will have to think and work the most to break the protection spell 🙂

The proxy protection has shielded the personal information and replaced it with Dreamhost proxy Contact Information. You will receive emails secretly forwarded from a proxy address that have emails from unwanted users.

They are using the latest version of PHP 8 and support HTTP/2 to enhance security. Dreamhost comes with free WHOIS Domain Privacy, Open SSL Certificates, SSH & SFTP access, and 2-factor Authentication.

Its easy-to-use control panel makes it easy to edit the .htaccess file where you control the access to the site and set up passwords.

Dreamhost has also developed its own paid security app DreamShield to protect against Brute force attacks and Malware Attacks (or scans).

 

Features (Rating:4.1)

Dreamhost has many features but they are the most important ones.

Other hosting providers are busy attracting you through many features that you might not need.

First, they are providing free Automated WordPress Migration. It will only take 5 simple steps to Complete, with the plugin and No downtime.

They also have their own website builder “Remixer” which has 200+ themes and designs with Real time SEO recommendations. It is free for shared hosting.

The Custom-built control panel has made the dashboard look simple and easy to use. Even though they don’t have cPanel (sorry to cPanel users) and lack too many simple features.

1-Click staging for implementing and testing the features of websites before it is live on the internet.

It also has pre-installed WordPress, Automatic wordpress updates, and advanced features like SFTP, shell access, WP-CLI, etc.

 

Support (Rating:3.8)

Dreamhost can come a long way in providing Good Customer support. They are offering 24/7 Live Chat, Ticket System via Email, and Phone Support (or callbacks)

Through their account dashboard, you can request customer support. Live chat support is available through the Custom panel between 5:30 AM and 9:30 PM Pacific Time.

They have Tutorials, Forum, guides, and a huge knowledge base in blogs and videos format for helping you to solve the hosting problems and doubts.

But some users are not satisfied with their support. They are charging additional fees for phone callbacks. We have asked our users about their customer support.

Many have replied that they are not good at handling difficult issues. During Live chat support, Software and Chatbots talk to you. They are trying to automate their customer support which has not improved yet.

Let’s see whether they improve their customer support.

 

Value for Money (Rating:3.8)

Dreamhost can be considered as a good hosting for US Customers. They used to be good hosting providers.

They are good for beginners and WordPress websites. Dreamhost is not a value for money if you are very serious about websites or have high traffic websites.

They have only 2 Data Centers in the USA ( DreamCompute in Virginia and DreamObjects in California).

This is causing the problem of slow Speed and bad Uptime to Dreamhost.

 

Hosting Pros (Detailed review)

Dreamhost has many advantages to its hosting. Let’s see them one by one.

1. Free WP Website Builder

Dreamhost has its own website builder that is a quick drag and drop tool. It has 200+ themes and category-wise designs.

If you want to customize it, they have advanced options and features to make websites in your own ways. They have included Real-Time SEO recommendations for improving web page ranking on the search results.

Website builders are free of cost even if you purchase their low-cost hosting plan.

2. Free Daily Backup(upto 2 weeks)

Dreamhost has a free Automated Daily backup of your website. It will roll out 1 automatic backup daily.

This feature is a savior for so many website owners who somehow got hacked.

You can do a manual backup once a day. Dreamhost will do site backup for up to 2 weeks. You can restore a backup within a custom panel.

3. 97 Day MoneyBack Guarantee

Dreamhost has a 97 Day Money Back guarantee. If you purchase their hosting plan and are not satisfied with their service, You can ask for a refund within the first 97 days.

Remember that the 97 days refund period is only applicable for shared hosting, not for other plans.

For other hosting plans, you have a first 30 days refund policy. You will be charged only for the first month and the remaining amount will be credited to your account.

Only Domain registration and SSL certificates are non-refundable. Even if they are available for free on a discounted hosting plan, Dreamhost will deduct their cost from your overall plan price during a refund.

4. Free Automated WordPress Migration

Earlier, Dreamhost used to charge for website migration. I think they have changed their mind.

Now, You can migrate your WordPress website in just 5 simple steps using the Automated Migration Plugin.

The WordPress migration will be done automatically with no downtime. It is free of cost and faster than other plugins.

5. Month to month pricing plans with no commitment

While purchasing any hosting plan, a Yearly plan is less costly than a month-to-month plan. Dreamhost is unlike.

They are charging less in month-to-month pricing plans. Pay what you use and there will be no commitment.

6. Green Hosting

Dreamhost is a certified carbon neutral Hosting. What does that mean?

Well, their Data Centers are running on renewable energy ( wind energy). It has high efficient cooling and processing infrastructure.

They have signed up for state programs that are working on the usage of renewable resources.

They are using LED light and Energy star certificated electronics in the office.

 

Hosting cons (Detailed review)

Just like anything in this world, Dreamhost too have many shortcomings to bear such as –

1. No Cpanel

Having no cPanel dashboard is difficult. Your hands are comfortable on cPanel, and now, you are having difficulty using a custom-built Panel.

Dreamhost has built its own custom panel, and it is not that good as a cPanel.

It will be hard to navigate as the panel has too many options, and it’s all messed up to use.

2. Additional fee for simple features and services.

Getting extra Charged for simple things can turn you off. It is the worst nightmare for anyone.

Their “Remixer” website builder is free of cost only for shared hosting. A website builder is a separate paid service for other plans.

Their dashboard can cost you extra on some features. Customer support’s callbacks cost on some plans. These additional fees put so much burden on your wallet.

3. Worst Uptime

Every hosting is trying hard to improve its Uptime. Dreamhost doesn’t look serious in that.

Their downtime has increased up to 14 hours in a year, which is not a good sign for better SEO performance and page ranking.

 

Hosting Pricing

Dreamhost provides many types of hosting plans. These hosting plans are different from each other due to extra features, functionality and offers. They have Shared Hosting, WordPress Hosting, VPS Hosting, Cloud Hosting and Dedicated Hosting.

All these plans come in monthly, 12 months, and 36 months periods. Here, we will talk about 36 months period plans. Let’s understand them one by one in detail.

 

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is a Popular and Entry-level Option that allows the various website to be hosted on a single server. You must share all resources and offers provided by the hosting provider. They have 2 plans in shared hosting: Shared Starter and Shared Unlimited.

This Plan is attractive for small and medium-sized businesses. If you are an influencer, freelancer or new creator, this shared hosting will be useful for launching a new blog, showing portfolios, and starting a new business.

They have faster website speed with WordPress optimization and a User-Friendly Control Panel. With its high quality and Feature-rich hosting, it is a fast and reliable hosting provider to run your website at an affordable price.

They have added various convenient offering in their plans like –

  • Custom-built Control Panel
  • Free Automated WordPress Migrations
  • Automated Daily Backups
  • Free Domain and Domain Privacy
  • Free SSL Certificates and Free CDN
  • WordPress Pre-installed
  • Free WordPress Website Builder “Wizard”
  • Automatic WordPress Updates: Core & Security
  • 24/7/365 Customer Support

Now let’s have look at our pricing table. Remember that they have some features and offerings in common among different plans. So, we have mentioned them above.

Hosting Plans Shared Starter Shared Unlimited
Websites 1 Unlimited
SSD Storage 50 GB Unlimited
Monthly Visitors Unmetered Unmetered
Email Accounts Available for Purchase Unlimited
Bandwidth Unmetered Unmetered
Site Auto Backups Weekly Weekly
Databases 6 Unlimited
FTP/SFTP/Shell Users 6 Unlimited
Sub Domains 5 Unlimited
Price $2.59/mo $3.95/mo

 

These plans are beginner friendly, and developer can easily make changes in them.

 

Managed WordPress Hosting: DreamPress

Through DreamPress, Dreamhost has Customized the servers just for WordPress Websites. This hosting is specifically WordPress optimized to get a safer website with easy migration, better security, and faster loading speed. WordPress is known for easy to build websites.

They are very scalable and customized CMS solutions today. You will get various wordpress tools and resources for free or at a low cost. With already installed WordPress, you get WordPress optimized stacks like WP-CLI, PHP8, and many more. You can have many free themes templates for design and premium plugins like Jetpack license.

They have added various convenient offering in their plans like –

  • 1-Click Staging
  • On-Demand Backups & 1-click Restore
  • Build-in Caching to improve WP Speed
  • Custom-built Control Panel
  • Free Automated WordPress Migrations
  • Automated Daily Backups
  • Free Domain and Domain Privacy
  • Free SSL Certificates and Free CDN
  • WordPress Pre-installed
  • Free WordPress Website Builder “Wizard”
  • Automatic WordPress Updates: Core & Security
  • 24/7/365 Customer Support

Along with these offerings, they have Jetpack Plugins which helps plugins auto-updates, Automatic Restoring, Visitors Stats, Site Monitoring and Security features.

Now let’s have look at our pricing table. Remember that they have some features and offerings in common among different plans. So, we have mentioned them above.

Hosting Plans DreamPress DreamPress Plus DreamPress Pro
WordPress Websites 1 1 1
SSD Storage 30 GB 60 GB 120 GB
Monthly Visitors 100k 300k 1M
Email Accounts Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered
Automated Backups Daily Daily Daily
Jetpack Plugin Free Professional Professional
CDN Unlimited Unlimited
Price (Yearly) $16.95/mo $24.95/mo $71.95/mo

And, in case if you have no idea about WP-CLI. WP-CLI or WordPress Command Line Interface allows to configure multiple sites, update plugins without using a Web Browser.

If you have no affection towards hosting 100s of the website simultaneously and quality performance, WordPress Hosting is recommended. Its features are enough to provide the best performance and high-quality security for your website at nominal prices.

 

VPS Hosting

VPS Hosting is very secure and reliable hosting. They will get secure virtual hosting like dedicated hosting at half the cost. It has strengthened the security and enhanced performance of the website. VPS hosting is managed by a team of technical experts which helps you to focus only on business parts and not technical parts.

Server management will handle cPanel, technical operations, performance, customer support and customize of the website on your behalf. This secure hosting solution will give you peace of mind and total hand-off management of your server.

They have some of the common features useful for every VPS hosting plans –

  • Unlimited Websites, Traffic and Email accounts
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Auto Software Updates and One-Click App Installer
  • IPV4 & IPV6 Support
  • 1-Click Staging
  • On-Demand Backups & 1-click Restore
  • Free Automated WordPress Migrations
  • Automated Daily Backups
  • Free Domain and Domain Privacy
  • Free SSL Certificates and Free CDN
  • Free WordPress Website Builder “Wizard”
  • 100% Uptime Guarantee
  • 24/7/365 Customer Support
  • 20x faster and powerful hosting performance

Now let’s have look at our pricing table. Remember that they have some features and offerings in common among different plans. So, we have mentioned them above. VPS has 4 hosting plans.

Hosting Plans VPS Basic VPS Business VPS Professional VPS Enterprise
vCPU Cores 1 2 2 4
SSD Storage 30 GB 60 GB 120 GB 240 GB
RAM 1 GB 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB
Price $10 /mo $20 /mo $40 /mo $80 /mo

High-availability and Scalability are the reasons that VPS hosting is used in various fields. These features give them better speed, power, security server management and affordability to launch any size app or website. All these VPS are in isolated and private areas which protects their data and increase bandwidth threshold.

They are very beneficial hosting in Server Software Testing, Collaborative File Editing, Media Streaming, Project Management, Social Networking, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Video Teleconferences, Server Security Hardening, etc.

 

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is basically an individual physical server for 1 entity or business. They are resource rich server used by big organization to handle heavy traffic and protect their multiple websites from unlimited malware attacks. It has high storage capacity, hyper fast loading speed and reliability.

They offer Fully Managed dedicated server plans. They will take care of all the technical stuff and security measures. But You will have whole command on all the resources provided by hosting providers.

There are many common useful features we have in the dedicated hosting plans –

  • Full Root Access and Control over SSH
  • Unique IPv4 & IPv6 Support
  • 100% Network Uptime Guarantee
  • 24/7 Tech Support & Server Monitoring
  • DDoS Protection
  • Ubuntu Linux Server
  • Advanced Easy to use Panel
  • Local MySQL Database Server

Now let’s have look at our pricing table. Remember that they have some features and offerings in common among different plans. So, we have mentioned them above.

Hosting Plans Standard Enhanced
Intel CPU Specs Intel Xeon Intel Xeon
Cores/Threads 4C / 8T 12C / 24T
RAM 4 GB 16 GB
Disk Space 1 TB HDD 2 TB HDD
Storage Technology RAID 1 Storage RAID 1 Storage
Price (Yearly) $149 /mo $279 /mo

Dedicated Hosting are built for startups who have sensitive users’ information. This hosting avoids any kind of vulnerabilities or network outrage and breaks your speed barrier.

 

Hosting FAQ

1. Is DreamHost a Good Website Host?

DreamHost is currently offering terrible services for its users. Its hosting is taking more than 1 sec to load your website and Uptime is bad. DreamHost customer support is worse at solving bigger issues. Even their pricing is very high compared to the kind of service they are offering.

2. What does DreamHost do?

DreamHost is a WordPress recommended hosting provider. They are offering Shared Hosting, WordPress Hosting, VPS Hosting, Cloud Hosting, and Dedicated Hosting. DreamHost is a beginner-friendly host.

 

Final words about DreamHost Review

Dreamhost is not our suitable choice to recommend to any of our readers.

They have Bad speed and Uptime performance. They are not even considered to work with. Their Customer Support is not helpful and enough knowledgeable. This is why their hosting service is bad.

If you are serious about hosting services, Try using Cloudways. They have the best of the best in the hosting service. You only have to read about it once.

Share our work with anyone who wants to gain knowledge in hosting. I believe, we have made you enough informed to make a good choice.

Thank you for being the patient reader.

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