DreamHost Review

You are here to find out how DreamHost Company is. Let me tell you one thing that I have been with DreamHost from last 9 and half years. In this review, you will find my experience with DreamHost. Whether you should sign up with DreamHost or not, I leave that decision up to you. I am only going to show you what I have experienced during all these years of hosting.

DreamHost Hosting Company

Almost before 9 years, when I was searching for the good hosting company, DreamHost was not so big. All these years, DreamHost team has done tremendous work and there is 99% chance that you have heard of DreamHost if you are looking for a hosting company.

DreamHost new site

Today, DreamHost offers a very wide range of services. When I joined before 9 years that was not the case. DreamHost used to offer only shared hosting services. Also there was no unlimited plan in shared hosting service. Now DreamHost offers Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and dedicated servers along with their shared hosting plans. DreamHost also offers managed wordpress hosting which is called DreamPress2. Dreampress2 is specially optimized for wordpress hosting. DreamHost is one of the three hosting providers recommend by WordPress community.

DreamHost has also started cloud hosting service. There are two types of cloud services offered by DreamHost. One is Cloud storage and the other is cloud computing.

How I Came To Know About DreamHost?

When I started online, DreamHost was not the first company which I started hosting with. Like every newbie person, I didn’t know much about hosting at that time. I did not bother to look at the review of any hosting company before joining.

I wanted to build a website and I wanted to setup my online business. At that time, I came to a site which offered me to make a free website if I sign up with his/her suggested web hosting company. At that time, I didn’t know that the owner of the site was getting commission by recommending me to a hosting company. Without doing any further research, I immediately signed up with the suggested hosting company.

Although I trusted blindly on the suggestion of some other person, I signed up for monthly subscription. I am glad that I took a decision of selecting monthly plan. I had really bad time with the hosting company in the first month itself. There was unacceptable downtime. I decided not to stay with hosting company and stopped the payment from the next month onwards and started searching another good hosting company.

I am a technical person. So I wanted to have some advance features in the hosting provider. I wanted to have SSH access of my web server. Back in those days, not many hosting providers offer SSH access. So I started search for a hosting which offered SSH access to their clients. I found that DreamHost was offering native SSH access.

DreamHost official website home page was looking like this back then.

DreamHost Old

When I was search for more information about DreamHost, I found $96 coupon code. One year of DreamHost shared hosting plan used to cost $119.40 at that time also. So I got a year of hosting only for $23.40. I was also getting free domain name registration. This was the best deal at that time. I immediately signed up for DreamHost.

First Impression

When the sign up procedure finished at DreamHost and when I finished paying the money, my account was setup in just 5 minutes. I got an email from DreamHost which contains information about my hosting account.

From the stating, DreamHost was using custom control panel. So when I logged in to DreamHost panel, I was surprised. So many features were offered with so much ease. I looked in the panel with much more details. I explore all the functions. The panel was really easy to use even for a non-technical person.

The first thing I did, using the panel was, to register a domain name. I did not register a domain at the time of sign up with DreamHost. I wanted to use wordpress on my registered domain name. So I needed to install wordpress. The next thing I did using panel was, to install the wordpress on registered domain. I could easily complete two tasks in few minutes.

I was also very much impressed by the transparency DreamHost offered. Since the time, I have joined DreamHost, the company is offering the live status of the outage information. If there is any unexpected downtime then you will get information of that on the DreamHost status blog.

Support

When I joined DreamHost, the company was not offering chat support. If you need the assistance of any support member then there was only one way. DreamHost support team was available only through email support.

I still remember, I contacted DreamHost support first time for the domain name registration. I knew how to register a domain name but I had a misunderstanding that DreamHost offers two free domain registrations. So I contacted support team when DreamHost site asked me to pay for the second domain registration.

I got response within three hours. That’s really fast, isn’t it? They explained me in details what I have got and what I have used. The response was very quick and I was impressed by the way query was handled.

Uptime

Since the time of my joining, I don’t remember that I have ever contacted DreamHost team due to downtime. It doesn’t mean that downtime didn’t happen. It might have happened but it didn’t cost me much.

You cannot expect 100% uptime in any shared hosting environment. You will have to be ready for downtime. There will be few months where you will get few minutes of downtime.

I have used many of my DreamHost hosted websites with adwords. When you are purchasing traffic with Google adwords, downtime can cost you many dollars. I trusted DreamHost even for the paid traffic. I have written full article on DreamHost uptime. Just visit that page and you will find more information about DreamHost uptime.

Conclusion

Do you want me to say you that you should go with DreamHost? I am not going to say that. I will only say one thing that I have been with DreamHost from the past 9 and half years and I am still happy with the hosting service. You take your decision.