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Hosting Ratings
 
Price Value
9/10
Performance
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Control Panel
9.5/10
Customer Support
8.5/10
User Feedback
8/10
88%
Overall Score

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DreamHost has been a major player in the web hosting industry for 20 years and with more than 750,000 WordPress installations under its belt, they have learned a thing or two about how to excel in WordPress hosting. And while many web hosts provide a 99.9% uptime guarantee, DreamHost goes all the way, guaranteeing 100% uptime.

DreamHost offers basic WordPress hosting with all of its shared hosting plans. For users looking for more robust WordPress hosting, they offer DreamPress - fully managed WordPress hosting with lots of great features and no bandwidth limits.

Price Value

Basic WordPress hosting is included in all DreamHost shared hosting plans, which start at $7.95 USD / $10.35 CAD per month. This includes easy one-click installation, free domain registration for one year, and support for multiple WordPress installations and domain names. With shared hosting you can also install other popular applications like ZenPhoto Gallery and MediaWiki along with WordPress.

DreamPress hosting is optimized for WordPress sites and starts at $16.95 USD / $22 CAD per month. DreamPress sites include automatic updates, unlimited bandwidth and site visits, and are hosted on servers with WordPress-specific firewall rules. As a bonus, JetPack Premium, usually $99 USD / $130 CAD per year, is provided completely free of charge. DreamPress plans are set up for just a single domain and WordPress installation, so if you want more than one domain or site, you need to purchase multiple plans.

Included in both DreamPress and shared WordPress hosting are a 97-day money back guarantee and the industry-leading 100% network uptime guarantee.

Reliability

DreamHost servers have high ratings for performance and reliability. A generous 97-day money back guarantee and guaranteed 100% uptime both exceed industry standards, but it’s important to note that DreamHost begins calculating downtime only when the customer opens a support ticket to report the outage. So make sure you report any service disruption as soon as you notice it!

Control Panel

DreamHost has developed its own full-featured customer control panel that handles domain management, email accounts, customer account details, and support and community features. The control panel includes a DreamPress dashboard and add-ons panel where you can enhance your DreamPress site. DreamHost doesn’t support cPanel, which may be a factor for users who prefer it.

Customer Support

US-based 24/7 customer support is available by email, live chat, and twitter. A limited number of calls from customer support are available for an additional fee. In addition to live customer support, DreamHost offers an comprehensive knowledge base, which includes WordPress-specific topics, and lively user forums.