Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Staff Writer
Background of DreamHost
DreamHost is a web hosting provider and domain name registrar that was founded on April 10, 1996. The company is based in California, USA.
In this article, we look at the complete DreamHost review so that you see why it’s one of the best hosting providers out there.
I have decided to write this review because this site, VPNAnchor, uses DreamHost and there has not been a single day where I was disappointed by their services.
Last time I only scratched the surface when I was distinguishing a VPN from a VPS. Now we look closely at all the services offered by DreamHost.
Part of the reason why DreamHost is an excellent service provider is because the company has been in the industry for a long time (more than 20 years!)
They have a wealth of knowledge on what is needed by webmasters to develop and maintain their websites successfully.
What services does DreamHost offer?
At a glance, Dreamhost has the following services:
- Web hosting
- Email hosting
- Pro-services like design services, marketing and website management
A. Web hosting
If you want to create a website or you want to migrate your site to DreamHost, there are various plans you can select from.
If you are starting out from scratch, I recommend you use Shared Hosting to keep costs down.
Here you share resources on a server with other websites so it’s cheap. If you plan to add more websites in future, it’s better to use the Shared Unlimited plan.
The downside of Shared Hosting is that if you start getting tonnes of traffic the speed of your site may be affected.
These are the current prices of Shared Hosting at DreamHost:
Like I said, this package is great for beginners as you want things to get up and running fast without worrying about cost.
As your traffic picks up, you move to higher plans like VPS or Dedicated Hosting. When this site was started, I used Shared Hosting Starter but have since migrated to VPS.
In this package your website gets a private space on a partitioned server where you don’t share resources with other foreign websites.
That space is only for your websites and because of that, you get faster website speed.
Another advantage is that it’s a cheaper way to have a dedicated space for your sites, unlike in Dedicated Server Hosting where you pay for the whole physical server.
These are the current prices of VPS
As your website grows, you can easily scale to higher VPS plans.
As I have preempted above, in this package you pay for a physical server and you install all the software you want to run on your site.
This is the highest level you can reach in web hosting and DreamHost makes sure you get the most powerful servers.
This plan is similar to VPS except that instead of sharing a partitioned server, you own the whole server.
These are the current prices of Dedicated Server Hosting
As you can see from the specs above, dedicated servers pack serious numbers and they are definitely adequate for most businesses.
In this type of hosting, you get to specify your own server specs with no limits and DreamHost builds the server for you.
Through the use of SSD disks, accelerated networks and next-generation processors, your server is ready for SSH in less than 30 sec.
The prices are as follows:
You run the server for as long as you want and get charged up to 600 hours (25 days) in a given month.
This is an inexpensive object storage service for hosting files, storing backups and Web app development.
The storage space is scalable and you get full support from the DreamHost team
The prices are as follows:
If you have a WordPress site, you can set up an automatic backup and store images.
B. Domain registration
DreamHost is also a domain registrar so you can set up your entire site in one location.
To help kick-start your site, you get very low prices for domain in the first year.
Here’s a look at some of the popular domain extensions and the prices you pay:
As you can see, you pay only $6.99 for a “.com” domain for the first year while some registrars charge higher than that.
You get WHOIS domain privacy for free for life so that your privacy is maintained.
In addition, you can have unlimited subdomains with any of the 3 main hosting plans above.
If you have your domain hosted somewhere, DreamHost makes it easy to migrate it.
If you plan to create your WordPress website then DreamHost has a perfect plan suitable for your needs.
Migration to any of the plans from your current host is completely free.
Here’s a look at the plans that are available:
If you are a beginner, you can start with WordPress Basic then move up the latter as your site grows.
As you may be aware, 30% of all websites around the world are built using WordPress.
This means you easily get numerous resources and support since it’s popular and is the fastest growing Content Management System.
If you choose any of the plans above, you get access to these features:
- 1-click WordPress install to set-up your site in seconds
- A free domain
- Easy-to-use panel
- Automatic WordPress updates
- Free privacy protection of your personal information
- Free email hosting
- 24/7 customer support
- Free SSL certificate
- Automated backups
This is an excellent deal if you are planning to build and grow your business or blog. You name it, DreamHost has it!
If you have a website, you need a professional looking email that has the name of your site.
For example, for VPNAnchor the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Dreamhost enables you to create and host an email for as low as $1.67/month.
This email service can come as part of a hosting package as highlighted above.
Be a pro and start using your own email that bears your brand.
DreamHost has highly experienced experts that can help you grow your business. The services are split into 4 and these include:
- Web Design
- Web Marketing
- Site Management
- Web Development
You can get a DreamHost expert to design everything, from a company logo to the overall appearance of the site.
No template is used to make sure you get a one-of-a-kind website.
Prices start from US$1,499.
All the sites created are mobile-ready and there is 24/7 customer support should you develop any issues.
You can sit back, relax and let DreamHost take care of making sure your site gets in front of the right eyeballs.
SEO Marketing gives your site a boost in rankings on Google and drives more traffic to your site.
New content is created by the team for your blog so that your site ranks higher each month.
Social Media Marketing helps expand your social influence and reach. The DreamHost team sets up social media accounts for you and manages them.
Content is created regularly so that more people can be engaged.
Each of these 2 marketing strategies will cost you US$399/month but ultimately you get huge returns.
If you are a webmaster you know how frustrating it is to spend too much time in the backend of your site when you need to be publishing content.
Dreamhost has a site management service where you level all the technical stuff to teh experts.
All you have to do is concentrate on core business. You need not to worry about issues like:
- Site optimization
- Web transfer
- Hacked site repair
- In a nutshell, you can let DreamHost do the heavy-lifting for you then you only focus on providing services or products to your clients.
As someone who uses DreamHost, I strongly urge you to give it a try because everything that you need to build a successful site is available.
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