Dreamhost Web Hosting

WordPress Recommended Hosting Provider

DreamHost is one of three hosting providers recommended by WordPress.

The other two WordPress recommended hosting providers are Bluehost and Siteground.

DreamHost is one of the older hosting companies, having been used to host websites starting in 1997. DreamHost has about half a million customers, hosting websites for over 1 million domains.

DreamHost is based in Los Angeles, California, and has a company size of about 200 employees.

 

DreamHost Hosting Plans

DreamHost has a range of hosting plans that are designed to be used by customers ranging from low-budget small companies and individuals to enterprise corporations. The DreamHost product offering includes the standard shared hosting plans, VPS hosting accounts, and dedicated servers. Going beyond what other similarly positioned hosting providers offer, DreamHost also offers cloud hosting.

Here is a summary of the various types of web hosting plans offered by DreamHost:

  • Shared web hosting
  • VPS web hosting
  • Dedicated server hosting
  • Cloud hosting
  • Specialized plans: Managed WordPress

These DreamHost video reviews should help you to get a better feel for the features, benefits, pros and cons of using DreamHost web hosting.

Dreamhost Review: Are The Cheap Plans Worth It?
DreamHost Review - Pros, Cons and Fees Evaluated

DreamHost Pricing

One of the strongest selling points of DreamHost is that they have a very cheap shared hosting account that is a good value for the price.

DreamHost pricing for short-term hosting is one of the lowest (if not the lowest) in the market.

One note about pricing that you'll see with DreamHost that is similar to the way a lot of web hosting companies price their hosting plans is that they display their pricing based on promotions that are only available for a limited time to new customers. After the initial promotional period ends, the price for the hosting plan increases significantly. When shopping for a web hosting plan with DreamHost to compare to other options, it's important to compare both the promotional pricing and the standard pricing that you'll get after the promotional period (typically 12 months with the lower tier hosting plans) and make a decision on the long-term cost and value of the hosting plan you're purchasing.


DreamHost Shared Web Hosting

Shared web hosting with DreamHost starts at $2.59 per month for their basic plan (Shared Starter), hosting 1 website, with their promotional pricing. The non-promotional pricing for that plan is $5.99 per month, which is still competitive. The next higher level shared plan (Shared Unlimited, which allows you to host an unlimited number of websites) starts at $3.95 per month with promotional pricing. Once the promotional period is over, this plan costs $10.99 per month.

Another qualifier for this pricing is that the lowest monthly cost is based upon purchasing a 3-year hosting commitment. If shorter commitments are made (such as annual or monthly), the monthly hosting price goes up substantially.


DreamHost VPS Web Hosting

The same thing as discussed above applies here. Pricing explained below is based upon paying up front for a 3-year hosting plan.

DreamHost has VPS hosting starting at $10 per month. The top performing VPS account at DreamHost costs $80 per month.


DreamHost Dedicated Server Hosting

Dedicated server hosting with DreamHost starts at $149 per month if you pay annually for the DreamHost Standard dedicated server plan. Paying monthly instead adds over 10% onto the cost.

For the DreamHost Enhanced dedicated server plan, the monthly cost starts at $279 per month.