Dreamhost Review

Dreamhost



Dreamhost was founded in 1997.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers Shared, Wordpress, VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • USA

Features and Usability

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

Last updated on August 23 2019.

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.

See also VPS provisioning times for all providers.

Average Provisioning Time Min Provisioning Time Max Provisioning Time Number of VPS Samples
41s 20s 90s 5

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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.

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

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 21

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

We conducted 5 different types of tests during the latest trial 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 5 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 CPU Overall Grade
Sep 22 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz E
Nov 29 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz E
Oct 01 2017 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz F
Jan 08 2017 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz
May 01 2016 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v3 @ 2.40GHz

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: 16

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

We conducted 5 different types of tests during the latest trial 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 CPU Overall Grade
Jul 05 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz F
Sep 15 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v3 @ 2.40GHz D
May 20 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v3 @ 2.40GHz D
Sep 10 2017 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz D
Aug 07 2016 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz

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 1 different types of tests during the latest trial 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 CPU Overall Grade
Feb 09 2015 AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 4376 HE
Feb 02 2015 AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 4376 HE

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: 54

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

We conducted 6 different types of tests during the latest trial 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 2 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 CPU Overall Grade
Nov 27 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v3 @ 2.40GHz C
Mar 13 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz D

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