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DreamHost is a popular web hosting provider, but it may not be right for everyone. Consider these pros and cons before choosing a plan.
Award Winning Hosting – DreamHost has won the PCMag Readers’ Choice Award for best business hosting. They rated high in reader surveys for their reliability and tech support.
Money Back Guarantee – DreamHost offers a 97-day money back guarantee. That means you can cancel your account within 97 days of signing up and get a full refund.
Free Domain and Privacy – Every DreamHost plan includes one free domain name registration plus domain privacy, so your contact information isn’t made public on the web.
Monthly Billing With No Setup Fee – DreamHost pricing plans allow you to pay month-to-month, without having to pay a setup fee.
Automatic Daily Backups – DreamHost plans come with automatic daily website backups. Although we always recommend users to set up their own real-time WordPress backups.
Support Isn’t Immediate – DreamHost has set times for live chat support and an emailed based ticket system. This means it may take a while before you can get a response.
No Email – DreamHost doesn’t offer email accounts for the Starter plan of their WordPress shared hosting. Though you can get it for $1.65/ mo or use an external business email provider.
DreamHost Performance Tests
WPBeginner users trust our reviews of WordPress products and services because we only recommend the companies that we have used ourselves.
For our WordPress hosting reviews, we sign up for each top hosting provider. After that, we set up demo websites so that we can properly test their claims with our own performance tests.
For this DreamHost review, we signed up for a hosting account and installed WordPress. We used the default theme and filled our test site with Theme Unit Test Data including media and images. This way our test site looked and behaved like an actual WordPress site.
DreamHost Speed Test Results
No one likes a slow website. A faster website is crucial for a better user experience and SEO.
That’s why we ran the website speed test first. For this test we used Pingdom and here are the test results:
Our test site loaded in less than half a second, which is excellent. However, this test alone does not show the full picture because our test site has no traffic at all.
DreamHost Stress Test Results
Next, we wanted to see how well DreamHost handles website traffic during peak hours. To measure this, we used a tool called K6 (formerly called Load Impact).
We gradually built up to 100 unique visitors at once to see how the server would handle increased requests from multiple connections at the same time.
Here is our first stress test result.
The blue line represents page load time and the green line represents the number of users on the site.
As you can see, our site remained available throughout the test. However, the response time went up as users increased.
That’s because we turned off DreamHost’s pre-installed WordPress caching solution. Once we enabled a caching plugin, the stress test result improved dramatically.
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Kristin Myers is an award-winning journalist and Editor-in-Chief of The Balance. "A Time for Change,” a weekly program that explores race, diversity, and inclusion in the world of business, finance, and politics. Kristin holds a master of arts in international journalism from Cardiff University and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania.