DreamHost Review

What You Get:

  • Unlimite Diskspace & Bandwidth
  • Host Unlimited Websites
  • Unlimited Email Accounts
  • Free Domain Name
  • SSL Secure Server
  • 97 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • $100 Google AdWords Credit
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About DreamHost

DreamHost is an old horse in the Web hosting market and it is having a dream run in the industry.  It was founded back in 1996 by few undergraduate students at Claremont College in California.  Its stats are humongous. It has over 400000 active users and hosts over 1.5 million websites. the goal of DreamHost is to support the dreams that their customers put online. DreamHost’s vision and mission: They believe in a world where people have the freedom to choose how their digital content is shared, and they foster their customers’ success by providing an open web platform of choice.

What is special about DreamHost?

97 days money back guarantee. Yes, this is something no other web hosting provider offers. That’s more than three months. This is the longest money back duration in the web hosting industry.

100% Uptime: And they promise 100% uptime or you get one day of extra service free. Well, these are not just special, maybe it’s the one in a million.

SSD: SSD based sites are calculated to be 200% faster than the ones running on HDD.

Custom Dreamhost control panel: DreamHost service doesn’t come with cPanel. DreamHost has its own control panel. This move is very good if you’re a beginner or a non-techy. Because it is very simple to manage your website through the DreamHost control panel. But if you’ve used cPanel for a long time and have got used to it, then you may find DreamHost control panel awkward or unusual to work with. 
24/7 Real Tech Support: DreamHost has in-house and U.S. based team of experts to provide pro-level support 24/7, 365. But the twist in the tail is that there is no Phone Support. 

Unlimited Disk Space & Bandwidth: There is no limitation put by DreamHost on the size or number of files related to your website. You can use as much as space and bandwidth as you need.

Unlimited Email Addresses:  With the unlimited packages, you can create as much as email addresses as you need.

One-Click installer: Install apps like WordPress, Joomla and certificates like Lets Encrypt gave for free in a single click with the One-Click installer.   

What do they offer?

Shared Hosting: 

DreamHost offers shared hosting in two different packages. One is the Starter pack and another one is the Unlimited pack. You either have to go with the plan costing $2.59 or the unlimited plan costing $7.95.  These are the prices if you pay annually. You can host a single website and get no free domain with this plan. However, if you go for the Unlimited plan, you can host unlimited websites and a free domain is also included.
Managed WordPress Hosting: DreamHost provides specialized WordPress hosting in the name of DreamPress Hosting. DreamHost has a special place for open source hosting like word press. In its DreamPress range, DreamHost has three packages. First one is just the DreamPress, the second one
DreamPress Plus, the third one the DreamPress Pro. The basic plan starts at $16.95/mo and it can support up to 199k monthly visitors and you get 30GB of SSD storage space. Bandwidth is unmetered and the SSL certificate is pre-installed. You also get daily backup and 1-click restore. The Free version of JetPack is also preinstalled. Then there is the DreamPress Plus Plan that is bettered in terms of monthly visitors and storage space. It can support up to 300k monthly visitors and you get 60GB of SSD storage.  You also get unlimited CDN and all other features included in the first package at the cost of $24.95/mo. Then the DreamPress Pro plan just gets better by supporting up to 1M monthly visitors and offers 120GB of SSD storage space. This being the costliest is priced at $71.95/mo

Woocommerce Hosting:

DreamPress provides WooCommerce in just one package. And it is priced at $24.95/mo. Named as Plus, this package is good to host one website, and you get 60GB of SSD storage that can be upgraded up to 80GB. WooCommerce is Pre-Installed and  Storefront Theme comes Pre-Installed. You also get the advanced VaultPress Backups through which you can create off-site backups with a simple restore tool. JetPack professional is also offered. You get managed resource scaling in case if your website becomes an overnight sensation or if you are expecting sudden traffic to your website. Unlike other plans, here you get phone support. But the catch is that only 3 calls per month. And here, you won’t get 97 days of money back guarantee. The days are reduced to 30 to claim your money back if you’re not satisfied with their service.

VPS Hosting:

DreamHost provides VPS service in different configurations and VPS is offered in 4 different packages. For small and new websites, you can go to Basic VPS, which is priced at $13.75/mo. You get 1GB of RAM, 30GB storage, Unlimited Bandwidth, Unlimited Hosted Domains. The server runs on Linux Ubuntu OS and the service is fully managed.  And if you’re looking for VPS Hosting for small business, the Business VPS plan is perfect for you. It is priced at $27.50/mo. and it offers 2 GB RAM and 60 GB Storage in addition to the features offered in the Business VPS. And for resource-intensive websites, there is the professional VPS package and it is two steps ahead of the Business VPS in terms of the resources that it provides. You get 4GB RAM and 120GB storage. It is priced at $55/mo. Priced at $110/mo., the Enterprise VPS offers a whopping 8GB RAM and 240GB Storage. It is the ultimate solution from DreamHost that is well built to handle high traffic and high resources.  


Dedicated Server:

DreamHost dedicated servers fall under a wide range of price bracket. Dedicated servers are classified into 9 different packages with 6 using HDD storage and 3 using SSD storage. These are priced from $149/mo. up to $379/mo. RAM ranges from 4GB to 12GB whereas, HDD storage is available with 1GB or 2GB. You get 240SSD storage if you opt for an SSD server. With all the packages, you get 100% Uptime Guarantee, DDoS Protection, Full Root & Shell Access (SSH), RAID 1 Storage, 24/7 Support & Server Monitoring

Cloud:

DreamHost offers cloud hosting in three different server configurations. First one is 512MB RAM server and you will be charged $0.0075/hour and according to DreamHost, the max you may be charged is $4/mo. You get 1 vCPU and 80GB SSD Disk, Free Bandwidth, This plan is ideal for tinkering. Then there is 2GB RAM server that will cost you $0.02/hour, and a maximum is $12/mo. This is ideal for websites. And the last plan is with 8GB RAM server and this costs $0..8/hour and it may cots maximum of $48/mo. This is offered with 4 vCPU. This plan is ideal for databases. 

Website Builder: 

With Remixer website builder, you can build your website for free. You can select from a large collection of themes. And then you can customize the theme according to your need. It follows a click to edit methodology where you can click and select any part of the theme that you want to edit or remove. 
 
Once you’re done building your website, you can select either of the Standard or All Access plan. These plans include remixer builder, support for unlimited websites and unlimited to be hosted, mobile-friendly themes, free domain name, hosting and 24/7 support. You can connect your domain too. The standard plan costs $4.95/mo. and All access pack costs $7.95/mo. And you get support for email accounts and mail forwarding with the All Access plan.
 

How to build a website in DreamHost Remixer:
1. Select a theme, 
2. Edit a theme
3. Preview your page
4. Assign the page to your domain


Domain Name:

DreamHost provides hundreds of top-level domains like .com, .net etc. It also provides country-specific domains like .in, .au etc. The .COM domain is priced at $8.99 and .club at less than a dollar. They provide free private registration, free sub-domains too. You get Free WhoIs privacy protection too. 

Conclusion:

Being the biggie in the web hosting industry, DreamHost has a lot of reputation. It also offers to stand out features like 100% uptime and 97 days money back guarantee. And now compared to earlier days, the pricing also has come down, because of scattering some plans. It now has reached a wide variety of customers. The lack of cPanel may or may not be an issue. DreamHost can be the best in the market, with little more improvements, in the areas that they currently lag behind.


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