The DreamHost Backend
Hosting companies have notoriously cumbersome and ugly backends, as anybody who has ever tried to do, well, anything in GoDaddy knows. DreamHost is a refreshing change in an otherwise bleak world of user interfaces.
DreamHost’s user panel is a simple system that allows you to access any and all features for any of your domains from one simple menu. You can find and change anything from usage statistics to hosting plans and DNS records from within the system. One of the system’s wonderful features is that it is fully responsive, giving you the ability to change absolutely anything on the go.
Any changes you make in the panel generally take between 5-10 minutes to update live, and that can be tracked in the panel as well.
Plans and Pricing
DreamHost offers quite a number of web-related services, but let’s focus on their hosting options. You can choose from shared, VPS, and dedicated hosting, plus WordPress-optimized hosting if you’re mostly going to use that particular platform.
Shared Hosting: Starts at $10.95 Per Month
DreamHost’s shared hosting plan offers some of the best value out there, delivering premium features that exceed many competitors’ offers without any additional fees.
For starters, you get unlimited storage and bandwidth, plus the ability to host an unlimited number of domains, MySQL databases, and email accounts. DreamHost will setup your account free of charge, and you’ll even get one year of free domain registration, too.
You can manage everything from DreamHost’s fantastic control panel. Plus, DreamHost gives you full CGI and crontab access, and bundles in support for PHP5, Perl, Python, Rails, and more. Better yet, DreamHost gives you domain privacy protection and your very own Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate, free of charge.
DreamPress: Managed WordPress Hosting Starting at $16.95 A Month
If you’d like to run a high-performance website built on the WordPress content management system (CMS), check out DreamPress. This is a customizable hosting plan optimized for complex, high-traffic WordPress websites.
Unlike typical shared hosting solutions, DreamPress uses isolated resources for your website: separate VPS servers for your WordPress site’s front end and MySQL databases, respectively. This means more resources can be dedicated to each, guaranteeing solid performance for your website overall.
Additionally, you’ll get 30 GB of SSD storage for lightning-fast data retrieval. This is complemented by multiple levels of caching for faster load times, plus dynamic memory allocation to ensure that performance never flags even in the face of huge spikes in traffic.
DreamHost gives you a WordPress pre-installed and pre-configured, and it handles all the maintenance tasks like installing security updates. You can use any theme or plugin you want, and with SSH access, you get both WP-CLI and Git support. Plus, the free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate makes it that much easier to go into e-commerce if you want.
VPS Hosting: Starts at $15 Per Month
If you need more power, then take a look at DreamHost’s four VPS hosting packages. All of these come with unlimited SSD storage and bandwidth, plus the ability to host an unlimited number of domains. DreamHost equips all plans with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS as well as a one-click application installer and the easy-to-use DreamHost control panel.
You’re also free to have as many MySQL databases, FTP accounts, and email accounts as you’d like. Plus, you’ll get 1 dedicated IP address, a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate, and multi-level caching, among other advanced features.
Here are the resource differences among the VPS plans:
|RAM||1 GB||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB|
|SSD Storage||30 GB||60 GB||120 GB||240 GB|
Dedicated Hosting: Starts at $149 per month
If you’re looking for the most powerful hosting packages DreamHost can offer, dive into the fully configurable dedicated hosting plans. At DreamHost, all dedicated server packages come with the same extensive list of core features.
You’ll get full SSH access to your very own cutting-edge server configured with RAID 1 storage for enhanced data security. You’ll get the Ubuntu Linux operating system, plus a one-click WordPress installer. DreamHost supports PHP, Python, Perl, and Ruby, and will allow you to have as many MySQL databases as you like. You’ll also enjoy unlimited bandwidth and the assurance of DDoS protection, free of charge.
The overall cost of dedicated hosting varies based on how you configure your server. You can choose from 4 to 12 CPU cores, HDD or SSD storage, and RAM ranging from 4 up to 64 GB.
DreamHost created their own website builder named Remixer, which offers stunning and professionally designed templates fully responsive both on desktop and mobile. You also gain access to their image library, with 600,000 different pictures all free to use. Of course, you can still upload your own photos from a local drive, an existing website, or from your social media pages. Editing is a breeze with their click-to-edit customization. Last but not the least, Remixer is free to use, you only have to pay to publish it under your own custom domain.
Aside from these hosting packages, DreamHost also offers cloud and domain services. Instantly provisioned cloud servers with full root access and control are available for as low as $4.50 per month. If you’re looking for cloud storage for your applications, backups, or other web objects, monthly fees for the company’s DreamObject packages go for as low as 2.5 cents per gigabyte of storage, or 5 cents per gigabyte of downloads.
DreamHost also offers domain name registration services for as low as $13.95 (or even $0.99 during a sale). There are over 350 domain extensions for you to choose from, and DreamHost includes useful features such as domain privacy protection, custom nameservers, DNS management, and more, all for free.
Uptime and Money-Back Guarantees
DreamHost has an impressive 100% uptime guarantee for all of its hosting plans. This policy ensures that you get a day’s worth of credit for every hour of downtime.
In addition, DreamHost blows other hosting providers out of the water in terms of refund policies. You’ll get a lengthy 97 days to claim a full refund if you’re dissatisfied with the company’s services. That’s plenty of time to get a feel for DreamHost’s system, and it’s more than thrice as long as the 30-day refund period given by most hosting providers.
DreamHost’s support is exceptional on many levels. The company offers 24/7 support via e-mail, live chat & Twitter. Some will be put off by the fact that DreamHost does not have a phone number you can call but, in reality, this only works out better. When you submit a support ticket to DreamHost, you explain your problem and then choose from two parameters – the urgency of the problem and your technical expertise in the subject so they can respond appropriately.
You can request a callback from the DreamHost staff which comes at an extra charge or wait for them to help via e-mail. Issues lodged with top-level urgency are often resolved by the DreamHost staff within 20 minutes. Meanwhile, we’ve rarely had to wait longer than 3 hours to get any kind of issue resolved.
In any even, the staff are beyond helpful. With DreamHost you can expect to never be brushed off. The staff often go beyond just fixing the problem: expect them to take the time to explain (sometimes at length) why something went wrong and how you can avoid that situation in the future.
What's the Verdict on DreamHost?
DreamHost Review 2017 – Conclusion
Dollar-for-dollar, DreamHost is not the cheapest option out there, but when you consider all the features you get in the standard plan that any other host wouldn’t hesitate to charge you for, their pricing is actually extremely fair. For example, DreamHost gives you unlimited domains, bandwidth and storage as well as SSD servers – service levels which would cost you much more anywhere else.
In addition, the laundry list of free premium-grade features you get, coupled with impressive uptime and unparalleled support, make DreamHost one of those companies that you will simply find pleasure in working with. The cherry on top of the DreamHost cake is their intuitive and easy-to-use backend. All these things come together to make DreamHost truly one of the best hosting options out there.