DreamHost Web Hosting

DreamHost should be one of the first places you go if you want to develop a Linux-powered website. The web hosting service provides a robust feature set that meets a wide range of personal and business web hosting requirements by providing shared, WordPress, virtual private server (VPS), cloud, and dedicated plans. Furthermore, its website-building software provides webmasters with simple tools for creating attractive, versatile sites. As a result, DreamHost is an Editors’ Choice award-winning web host, competing with HostGator, Hostwinds, and Liquid Web.

Web Hosting Shared

If you want to build a website but don’t want to pay a fortune, shared web hosting is the way to go. Shared hosting is a low-cost web hosting option in which your site shares CPU, RAM, and other server resources with other websites. As a result, it isn’t a particularly powerful hosting tier; if you anticipate a high volume of traffic, you should choose a virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated hosting.

Furthermore, because “shared” in shared hosting refers to the fact that one server may host numerous sites that share the hardware’s resources, you are at the mercy of your server mates to some level. If one of them makes it to the first page of Reddit, your site may slow to a crawl as a result.

Shared hosting is available from DreamHost in two flavors: Shared Starter and Shared Unlimited. Shared Starter (beginning at $4.95 per month or $3.59 per month with a one-year commitment) includes unlimited monthly data transfers and storage but does not include email. You read that correctly: no email. You must upgrade to Shared Unlimited (beginning at $10.95 per month, or $4.95 per month with a one-year commitment) for this. This package includes email as well as limitless website hosting. The reduced pricing for the one-year plan (formerly $7.95 per month) brings it within striking distance of the Starter option, making it a significantly better alternative than before.

However, HostGator, the Editors’ Choice for shared hosting, is one of the few web hosts we’ve tested that provides Windows-based shared web hosting. This is significant since many organizations rely on Microsoft’s operating system to operate specialized software. DreamHost, on the other hand, only provides servers that are based on Linux. In addition, HostGator provides unlimited email throughout the board.

Web Hosting on VPS

DreamHost provides four Linux-based VPS web hosting plans (beginning at $15.00 per month, or $13.75 per month with a one-year commitment) for enterprises that want more power than shared hosting can provide. Your website is hosted on a server with much fewer virtual roommates than shared hosting. As a result, your site now has access to extra server power.

DreamHost’s VPS plans include unlimited monthly data transfers and domains, which is a fantastic added bonus. However, the base memory and storage are rather low; the Basic plan (prices listed above) includes only 1GB of RAM and a 30GB solid-state drive. The top configuration, on the other hand ($120 a month, or $110 per month with an annual contract), has a maximum of 8GB of RAM and 240GB of solid-state storage. Regrettably, the VPS options only include the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

Superior VPS options are available from Hostwinds, Milipaper’s top pick for VPS hosting. It provides reasonably priced, well-rounded VPS services. Take, for example, the managed Linux VPS plans, which begin at $5.17 per month for 1GB of RAM, 30GB of disk space, 1TB of monthly data transfers, and unlimited email and scale up to $247 per month for 96GB of RAM, 750GB of disk space, 9TB of monthly data transfers, and unlimited email.

Web Hosting on a Dedicated Server

A dedicated server is required for optimum web hosting power. With this configuration, your website runs on its own server, utilizing all system resources. If you expect your site to receive a high volume of traffic and if your site is so mission-critical that it cannot go down or slow down, you should consider dedicated hosting.

DreamHost offers a number of dedicated server alternatives. The Standard 4 plan ($169 per month or $149 for a yearly commitment) is the most basic, with 4GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. The $379 per month Enhanced SSD 64 plan, which includes 64GB of RAM and 240GB of solid-state storage, is the most expensive option. Every DreamHost dedicated server package includes unrestricted data transfers.

Unfortunately, DreamHost does not offer Windows-based dedicated servers; it’s also Linux or bust here. If you want to establish a website on Microsoft’s operating system, we recommend AccuWeb, Milipaper’s Editors’ Choice for dedicated web hosting, which provides Linux and Windows dedicated server alternatives. AccuWeb also offers strongly dedicated plans, such as one that costs $1,070 per month and has 8TB of storage, 512GB of RAM, and up to 50TB of monthly data transfers.

Cloud Computing

Cloud hosting, which distributes resources over numerous servers (conventional hosting takes resources from a single server), is certainly familiar to you. Cloud hosting enables sites to effortlessly scale up their server requirements as needed. Fortunately, DreamHost provides three cloud hosting tiers: 512MB RAM Server, 2GB RAM Server, and 8GB RAM Server, all of which are available in Linux, BSD, and Windows flavors.

DreamHost offers outstanding packages ranging in price from $4.50 per month (for 512MB of RAM, 80GB of storage, and unlimited monthly data transfers) to $48 per month (for four CPU cores, 8GB of RAM, 80GB of storage, and unlimited monthly data transfers). As a result of DreamHost’s impressive features, the web host was named Editors’ Choice for cloud hosting services.

If you’re a business looking for world-class cloud hosting, 1&1 Ionos is the way to go. It is a co-Editors’ Choice in the area of extremely strong cloud hosting packages.

Hosting for Resellers

If you want to start a web hosting company but don’t want to deal with infrastructure issues, reseller hosting is the way to go. Unfortunately, DreamHost does not provide standalone reseller plans; you can resell your own server space only if you add more domains to it. For additional details, see DreamHost’s reseller FAQ page.

If you’re serious about getting into reseller hosting, we recommend Hostwinds, the category’s Editors’ Choice. Plans from Hostwind start at $3.29 per month and include unlimited email, storage, and data transfers. There are dedicated and VPS packages for both Linux and Windows, as well as shared hosting for only Linux. It’s uncommon for servers to have the same RAM and storage as those that Hostwinds provides directly. Hostwinds also allows you to brand the servers you rent, and it offers 24/7 technical assistance.

Making a Website

Overall, we enjoy DreamHost’s user interface—it’s simple and well-organized, and it made setting up my test site a breeze. Rather than using adorable, screen-cluttering symbols like HostGator or iPage, DreamHost provides a tree of menu options on the left side of the screen. It’s simple to discover billing information, manage domains, and view VPS and dedicated server settings. The security options and the third-party app marketplace were easy to find.

DreamHost now provides the WP website builder, allowing you to begin developing your site right away. You no longer have to wait for your Dreamhost account to be accepted, as you once did. It’s a fantastic addition. WP Website Builder includes dozens of templates that you can customize with its intuitive drag-and-drop capability. We found it very easy to include photographs (my own or from DreamHost’s royalty-free gallery), text, and video. You can also add third-party apps to your account, such as Concrete5, Joomla, MediaWiki, Piwigo, and, of course, WordPress.

WordPress Website Hosting

DreamHost, like many of its competitors, provides WordPress hosting in three different packages: WordPress Basic, DreamPass, and VPS WordPress. DreamPress is the default option for managed WordPress hosting, a service that pampers your website by automatically upgrading the popular content management system software, generating automatic daily backups, and offering WordPress-specific security.

The entry-level WordPress Basic (beginning at $4.95 per month, or $3.95 for a three-year commitment) includes 50GB of SSD storage, purchased email similar to Shared web hosting, unlimited monthly data transfers, and a selection of free WordPress themes. Moving up to the DreamPress starter plan (beginning at $12.00 per month), you get 30GB of SSD storage, unlimited email and monthly data transfers, and support for up to 100,000 monthly visitors. DreamPress Plus (beginning at $24.00 per month) doubles the storage, boosts the visitor count to around 300,000, and includes a content delivery network (CDN) for faster site loading. The top-tier DreamPress Pro plan (beginning at $71.95 per month) includes 120GB of SSD storage and a visitor limit of 1,000,000.

DreamPress allows you to add any plug-in you want; Pagely and WP Engine, on the other hand, limit you to a small number of plug-ins that may affect the performance of your site. DreamHost just added staging to its WordPress capabilities, allowing you to test new site features on a separate site instance without affecting your live pages.

As impressive as DreamPress is, the Milipaper Editors’ Choice in the category is the Linux-powered A2. A2 claims to provide an optimized environment that is six times faster than typical hosting environments. Furthermore, the majority of A2’s WordPress plans have unlimited storage and monthly data transfers. More information on the phenomenally popular content management system may be found in our article on how to get started with WordPress.

Options for E-Commerce

DreamHost provides free ZenCart, which can be accessed via the One Click Install menu. This open-source online shopping cart software allows users to swiftly browse your products for sale. It also works with Woo Commerce.

DreamHost, in addition to a $100 Google AdWords credit, allows you to track site traffic and analytics using Chartbeat. This is in contrast to the majority of other providers, which tend to rely solely on Google Analytics.

Other Security Features

DreamHost provides antispam protection for its email but no antimalware protection. Aside from that oversight, we appreciate its focus on other aspects of website security. The control panel includes an easy-to-find option for changing the .htaccess file to control site access or to create a password. You can prevent spiders from indexing areas of your website that search engines shouldn’t index. Cron jobs (automatic batch jobs) can be used to schedule tasks and monitor site processes. DreamHost also provides free secure socket layer (SSL) certificates, which are a must-have for anyone selling things online.

If you are a developer or manage a software development team, you will appreciate DreamHost’s inclusion of Subversion, which allows you to manage your source code files. Most web hosting companies limit you to the programs available on their software marketplace. Version-control tools like Subversion are rarely available in these markets, so it’s wonderful to have the option to create your own repository. Of course, this assumes you don’t only store your code in Git repositories.

What if you don’t need a website or a blog, just somewhere to store your files? DreamObjects cloud storage options are also available via DreamHost, with prices ranging from 95 cents per month for 40GB to $299.95 per month for 20TB.

Excellent Uptime

The uptime of a website is a critical component of the web hosting experience. Clients or consumers will be unable to find you or access your products or services if your website goes down.

We used a website monitoring service to track my site’s uptime over a 14-day period for this testing. The tool pings my website every 15 minutes and sends us an email if it is unable to contact the site for at least one minute. The statistics demonstrated that DreamHost is extremely stable, with no outages over the testing period. In truth, there has only been a single, minor outage in many, many months. As a result, you can rely on DreamHost to provide a strong foundation for your website.

There is no phone support, but there is excellent chat support.

DreamHost provides email, ticket, and online chat assistance. It also includes a large knowledge database. Unfortunately, DreamHost does not provide phone assistance, which is unfortunate because sometimes you just want to talk to a real person. Having said that, the chat assistance is quite good. We gave it a shot on a weekday afternoon and evening. We waited less than a minute in both cases before someone answered my queries.

We inquired about the distinctions between VPS and dedicated hosting. The person provided me with a thorough and satisfying response. We also inquired about importing my WordPress.com configuration into DreamHost and were given a very helpful link with step-by-step instructions. Again, we were thrilled with the responses. DreamHost also provides a knowledge base with solutions to many frequently asked questions.

DreamHost’s shared hosting comes with an amazing 97-day money-back guarantee. The credit policy, however, differs for VPS and dedicated server options. If you terminate a yearly VPS plan during the first 30 days, you will be credited for any unused balance. The same is true for dedicated annual plans. DreamHost does not offer refunds for monthly VPS and dedicated plans.

A Power User’s Fantasy

DreamHost is a top pick and a Milipaper Editors’ Choice for cloud-based web hosting services due to its broad tools, which include useful website-building software, security features, a substantial shared hosting money-back guarantee, and unlimited storage, monthly data transfers, domains, and email. However, if you’re a business client looking for world-class cloud hosting, 1&1 Ionos is the way to go. It shares the category Editors’ Choice with DreamHost and offers highly strong cloud hosting packages.