Main Features of DreamHost
DreamHost probably makes more use of the word “unlimited” than any other hosting service in existence. They offer unlimited domains, SSH, FTP, e-mail accounts, MySQL 5 databases, and even unlimited bandwidth and storage. All of these unlimited options are offered through their Debian Linux VPS servers; but no hosting options are currently available for the Windows operating system.
Each and every DreamHost VPS account has access to DreamHost’s homemade web panel that includes an intuitive GUI to historical usage graphs as well as the ability to adjust your memory/load settings spontaneously. This web panel also helps facilitate support a one-click installer tool for many popular hosting applications, including WordPress.
DreamHost’s servers are located in Los Angeles, California, and offer all the important amenities you would expect of a modern hosting company. This includes powerful HVAC systems, automated backups for up to 50 GB of data, and redundant protection against power failure. The strength of their infrastructure also helps explain why DreamHost offers a 100% uptime guarantee. This guarantee also promises that if any feature of your website (including email, FTP, SSH, etc.) is unusable due to a failure on DreamHost’s behalf, you are credited with one free day of hosting per 1 hour of service interruption. This guarantee does not however include scheduled maintenance.
Video: Demo of DreamHost’s Toolbox
Like you would expect of any modern VPS service, DreamHost also offers the ability to scale your website’s resources according to your changing performance demands. If you need to reduce or increase your CPU/RAM consumption, it takes only a matter of minutes to adjust with DreamHost. And as with many VPS hosting options, DreamHost offers you full root access to your virtual server paired with the ability to reboot remotely through the DreamHost web panel. DreamHost is also fully integrated with CafeCommerce, an e-commerce service that offers you unlimited service for just $30 per month. CafeCommerce and DreamHost are a match made in heaven because DreamHost’s secure data centers and VPS hosting help assure that your online market remains online 24/7.
Plans and Pricing
DreamHost VPS hosting starts at $15.00 per month for their most basic hosting option. The amount of RAM allocated to your account can be incrementally upgraded from 300, 600, 1,000, 2,000, and 4,000, for $15, $30, $50, $100, and $200 per month respectively. They also offer $0.05/MB/month MySQL optimized databases, additional domain name registration for $9.95/year, unique IPs for $3.95/year, and VPN access for $19.95/month. DreamHost’s bandwidth and storage is unlimited for all their VPS hosting, and current DreamHost users can also upgrade their account to VPS hosting with relative ease.
DreamHost’s standard customer service includes a well-documented DreamHost Wiki available on their website, access to the DreamHost discussion forum, and technical support through e-mail. The company’ attempts to answer every e-mail within 24 hours. Additionally, DreamHost offers a premium support customer service for $9.95 per month, which includes three callbacks via phone and online chat. This option is for users who would like something closer to managed VPS hosting, but without the full cost.