DreamHost Review

DreamHost is not your typical hosting shop. They are employee owned. They have been named one of the most democratic places to work. The use green energy for their hosting. They clearly have a different view of the world than most hosts, but that view definitely includes a focus on quality. Not only are they incredibly reliable, but you get unlimited storage, transfer, and domains. If their price were lower, they really would be a dream. As it is, their package remains a decent choice.

Shared Hosting

DreamHost used to have a whole slew of different plans, but has since moved to the simpler one-plan-fits-all model which has become so popular. Dreamhost says that shared hosting is their “bread and butter” and their plan’s quality is consistent with that view.

Plan Name Basics Features Price*
DreamHost Space: unlimited
Traffic: unlimited
Domains: unlimited
Unix, shell access (SSH), WebDAV, free domain name for life, unlimited MySQL databases, ZenCart, Ruby on Rails, PHP, Perl. $8.95

* All prices on this site are for a two-year sign-up.


DreamHost’s support is surprising good, given that they do not offer live chat support or even phone support. Their response times to support tickets is short, however, and problems are usually solved quickly. A discussion board is also available and active. That said, the lack of phone support limits them to at most a ‘B’ for support.

Green Hosting

DreamHost is a carbon-neutral business that buys certified carbon offsets to eliminate the waste from running their company. In fact, they go beyond just the carbon footprint of their servers, and offset the carbon footprint of their employees’ commutes, their office supplies, and so on. If it is important to you to find environmentally conscious hosting, DreamHost might be the ticket.

What the Reviewers Say

  • “Definitely one of the packages to be considered when looking to purchase Web hosting.” — Web Hosting Doctor
  • “All in all we were pleased with Dreamhost’s offering and would recommend it to anyone in need of advanced hosting tools and features.” &mdash Web Hosting Handbook

What DreamHost Says

You may have noticed that we do things a little differently around here. There’s a reason for that.

We’re Special.

DreamHost is owned by its employees. We’re a tight-knit family and we’re not looking to sell out to investors or media conglomerates or other gigantic companies who care more about the bottom line than providing solid web hosting.

Believe us, there’s plenty of those in the hosting industry already and you probably don’t want to get mixed up with them.

The guys who work at those companies are crazy. They earn sales commissions. They dress in ‘business casual’ attire. Some of them might even wear suits! They’ll toss around fancy words like ‘monetizing’ and ‘ROI’. They attend hosting ‘conferences’.

They wear cologne.

Wearing cologne in the DreamHost office is grounds for a firing. Or at least a solid 8 hours of harassment.

The Bottom Line

We love it here and we’re all focused on hosting. It’s what we do. It’s what we’re good at.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our family!

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