Dreamhost Review

Dreamhost

Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price are marked as missing below.

Last updated on November 29 2018.

Feature Value Comment
Hourly Billing  Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes
Backups  Yes

A snapshot function is available.

Control Panel  Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  1
Number of Datacenter Continents  1
Monitoring Charts  No
Admin REST API  Yes
Upgrade VPS from admin console  Yes
Mobile Friendly UI  No
Accepted Forms of Payment  Credit cards, Paypal, Check
Hidden CPU Model  No
Affiliate Program  Yes
Firewall  Yes

Called "Security Group".

In VPSBenchmark's opinion

Feature Value Comment
UI Friendliness 
  • Dreamcompute instance creation process complex but feature rich.
Quality of Service 
  • Dreamhost website and DreamCompute admin UI are dissociated. Account management and billing on one side, VPS management on the other. Separate credentials needed.
  • Pricing is unclear. What does "Max Monthly Price" mean? Can it be less? Pricing is not shown when creating an instance.
  • Datacenter for instance unknown. Only one availability zone offered.

Dreamhost Extra Services

In addition to features included in the VPS plan, Dreamhost also offers the following services (possibly for a fee):

Backups   Block storage   Object storage Load balancer Floating IP addresses  
Teams Datastores Serverless DDoS protection Kubernetes
GPU instances

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

For each Dreamhost VPS trial, we measured how long it took to provision the server.

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Average Provisioning Time Min Provisioning Time Max Provisioning Time Number of VPS Samples
31s 30s 35s 3

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Plan Specifications

URL https://www.dreamhost.com/cloud/computing/
Price per month $6.00
Discount or Surcharge for long or short term use No
Disk GB 80
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 1.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB Unlimited
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 30

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Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for Dreamhost - gp1_subsonic. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the gp1_subsonic plan

This plan was tested 4 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the gp1_subsonic plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Nov 29 2018 Web Sysbench 101ms 343ms
Oct 01 2017 Web Sysbench 122ms 505ms
Jan 08 2017 Web Sysbench 111ms 437ms
May 01 2016 Web Sysbench 47ms 188ms

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.dreamhost.com/cloud/computing/
Price per month $12.00
Discount or Surcharge for long or short term use No
Disk GB 80
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 2.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB Unlimited
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 17

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F F E F D
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Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for Dreamhost - gp1_supersonic. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the gp1_supersonic plan

This plan was tested 5 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the gp1_supersonic plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Jul 05 2019 Web Sysbench 180ms 750ms
Sep 15 2018 Web Sysbench 71ms 272ms
May 20 2018 Web Sysbench 73ms 273ms
Sep 10 2017 Web Sysbench 67ms 322ms
Aug 07 2016 Web Sysbench 63ms 195ms

Plan Specifications

URL http://www.dreamhost.com/hosting/vps/
Price per month $15.00
Discount or Surcharge for long or short term use No
Disk GB 30
Num Cores 16
Memory GB 1.0
Hourly Billing No
Virtualization Unknown
Data Transfer GB Unlimited
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated No

Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for Dreamhost - 1GB $15. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the 1GB $15 plan

This plan was tested 2 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the 1GB $15 plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Feb 09 2015 Web Sysbench 58ms 190ms
Feb 02 2015 Web Sysbench 48ms 162ms

Plan Specifications

URL https://help.dreamhost.com/hc/en-us/articles/217744568-What-is-DreamCompute-Predictable-Bill
Price per month $24.00
Discount or Surcharge for long or short term use No
Disk GB 80
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB Unlimited
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 46

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
D D C C E
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Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for Dreamhost - gp1.lightspeed. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the gp1.lightspeed plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the gp1.lightspeed plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Mar 13 2019 Web Sysbench 80ms 280ms

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