Dream Host Web Hosting Review

Dream Host Review

Dream Host condensed their web hosting plans into one cohesive plan to include the best from their old ones.
Dream Host was among the best hosts we found for standard features and programming/multimedia support. We also like how their operations are more transparent than other hosts. Instead of making you search for a support phone number that's not there, Dream Host says, up front, that they don't do phone support. Dream Host also has a blog where they post status updates that let customers know when servers are down or having trouble and notify them of tips and deals.

Hosting Package:
Dream Host has one package for web hosting, which costs roughly $8.95 per month. In the past, Dream Host forced you to choose from several different packages, but luckily, they have condensed their offerings into one cohesive plan. In this plan, you get several different unlimited features, which include:
  • Disk Storage
  • Monthly Bandwidth
  • Domains Hosted
  • Full Shell/SSH/FTP/SFTP Users
  • Email Accounts
  • MySQL5 Databases
  • Email Aliases
  • Announcement Lists
  • Discussion Lists
  • Autoresponders
  • Subdomains Hosted
  • Domains Forwarded/Mirrored
Ease of Use:
Dream Host's efforts to make their site easier to use have paid off. If you're a customer, you can't contact this web hosting service's customer service department unless you do so from your control panel. Outside of the control panel, you can use the Support Wiki (which is essentially a knowledgebase in the form of a Wikipedia page), a discussion forum and status blog (which informs users of downtimes and updates in their service). Great customer service makes any product easier to use.

Help & Support:
This web hosting service does well in the customer service arena. This web hsoting service's customer service representatives are friendly and professional. If you can't find what you need before or after you talk to them, you can enjoy their Support Wiki, discussion forum and status blog. Those three things will pick up where the person you talked to left off.

Site Creation Tools:
This service doesn't offer a site builder tool, but they do include WordPress, Gallery, ZenCart, PhpGedView, Pligg, dotProject, Moodle, Joomla and phpBB. If you're good at website coding, the fact that it won't do the work will be an easy obstacle to get around. For those who don't know too much about coding websites, they're going to have a problem.

Server Access:
This web hosting service doesn't have a limit to the amount of FTP accounts you can create. You also have the option to use Anonymous FTP along with .htaccess support. Luckily, they don't have any limits on disk storage space or monthly bandwidth, so the size of the files you create is something you can let slide.
Marketing Tools:
Dream Host doesn’t offer many marketing tools. One thing they offer that other web hosting services don't is a $75 Google AdWords credit, but that doesn't make up for the lack of features like a search engine optimization (SEO) service and PPC budget. If you're good at marketing websites, this won't be a problem for you.

Reporting and Statistics:
This web hosting service uses a solid data analysis program called Analog. If you don't like this program, you can download your raw log files and interpret the statistics in them with whatever program you want.

Dream Host is an above-average web hosting service. You get more than what most web hosting services offer with one low price, but there are also many features missing from what they offer that are present on other sites. However, you can't go wrong with this site. It will get the job done and take good care of your site.

Dream Host Specifications

Core Resources
  • Disk Storage - Unlimited TB + 50GB Backups
  • Monthly Bandwidth - Unlimited TB
  • Domains Hosted - Unlimited
  • Full Shell / SSH / FTP / SFTP Users - Unlimited
  • E-Mail Accounts (POP/IMAP/Webmail) - Unlimited
  • MySQL 5 Databases - Unlimited
  • Operating System - Debian Linux
  • IMAP / POP / SMTP Access - Yes
  • Web-Based Email Access - Yes
  • Mail Filtering - Yes
  • Spam Filtering - SpamAssassin - Yes
  • Use Google Gmail @yourdomain.com - Yes
  • Email Addresses (Aliases) - Unlimited
  • Announcement Lists - Unlimited
  • Discussion Lists - Unlimited
  • Vacation Auto-Responders - Unlimited
  • Free Domain Registrations (A $9.95 Value!) - Yes
  • Free Domain WHOIS Privacy - Yes
  • Domains Hosted - Unlimited
  • Subdomains Hosted - Unlimited
  • Domains Forwarded/Mirrored - Unlimited
  • Custom DNS - Yes
  • PHP5 Support - Yes
  • Perl Support - Yes
  • Python Support - Yes
  • Full Unix Shell - Yes
  • Crontab Access - Yes
  • Full CGI Access - Yes
  • Ruby On Rails - Yes
  • Canned CGI Scripts - Yes
  • Server Side Includes (SSI) - Yes
  • CVS Repository - Yes
  • Subversion Repository (SVN) - Yes

Dream Host Advanced Features

  • SSL Secure Server (req. Unique IP) - Yes
  • Enhanced Web Security - Yes
  • WebDAV - Yes
  • Snapshot Data Backup - Yes
  • Daily Access Statistics - Yes
  • Access to raw log files - Yes
  • Banner-Free DreamBook.com account - Yes
  • Passworded Directories (.htaccess) - Yes
  • RealAudio and Video (http stream) - Yes
  • QuickTime Streaming - Yes
  • Anonymous FTP Server (req. unique IP) - Yes
  • Jabber TM Chat Server - Yes
  • Google AdWords Up to $75 Google AdWords credit included! - Yes
  • One-Click Automatic Software Installers: WordPress, Gallery, ZenCart, PhpGedView, Pligg, dotProject, Moodle, Joomla, phpBB, MediaWiki, WebCalendar, Advanced Poll, and Trac - Yes
Technical Support
  • 24/7 Los Angeles-based Email Technical Support - Yes
  • 100% uptime guarantee - Yes
  • 97-day money-back guarantee - Yes
  • The Award-winning DreamHost Control Panel - Yes
  • The DreamHost Wiki - Yes
  • The DreamHost Forum - Yes
Account Upgrades
  • Additional Domain Registration - $9.95 / year
  • Additional Unique IP Address - $3.95 / month
  • Premium Support (3 phone callbacks/mo + unlimited live chat) - $9.95 / month
  • VPN Access - $19.95 / month
  • SSL Secure Certificate (req. Unique IP) - $15.00 / year
  • VPS (Virtual Private Server) - $15.00 / month


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