What is DreamHost?
It’s ginormous. Claiming over 400,000 active customers and hosting over 1.5 million sites. That’s a lot!DreamHost is the dinosaur among web hosts.
It’s ancient, too. Founded waaaaaay back in 1996 by a few undergrad students at Claremont College in California.
And it’s well respected. Bringing home PCMag’s ‘Best Web Hosting Service’ award for the second year in a row.
They even go as far as to offer crazy features e.g a 97-day money back guarantee and a 100% uptime (or you get refunded).
In June 2015, we set up a basic WordPress test website on DreamHost’s ‘Shared Plan’. Detailed performance stats including uptime & speed can be found here by clicking ‘History’.
Load time: 710ms (11th in speed)
Uptime: 99.95% (18th in uptime)
Cost: $2.59/mo (3-year plan)
Support: Live Chat (avg. response ~6 min)
There’s a lot to like about DreamHost.
They promise great speed and customer support. They also throw in a few freebies to make your experience even better.
Here’s an overview of their best attributes:
1. Page Load Time 23% Faster than Average Competition
DreamHost’s page loading times didn’t let us down, clocking in at 709ms over the same eight-month period. That’s 23% faster than the average of 890ms we’ve seen in analyzing other web hosts.
2. Knowledgeable, Friendly Support
The best uptime and fastest loading times mean nothing without great support to back it all up.
3. 97-Day Money Back Guarantee and ‘Free Days’ for Downtime
DreamHost offers the longest money back guarantee in the industry – 97 days for shared hosting plans.
4. New Tiered Plan Options
DreamHost used to only offer a single shared hosting option.
While that was great for some people who don’t want to dive into the weeds, it was also priced pretty high (more on that in the next point below).
5. Among the Cheaper Options Available
DreamHost was on the expensive side the last time we reviewed them. It was one of the biggest cons we had with the service.
6. Unlimited (Really!) Bandwidth
All companies say they provide unlimited hosting. Unfortunately, most don’t even come close.