Dreamhost VPS Review

Dreamhost

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

It has datacenters in:
  • United States

Features included with VPS

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

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
Reverse DNS  No
Accepted Forms of Payment  Credit cards, Paypal, Check
Hidden CPU Model  No
Affiliate Program  Yes
Firewall  Yes

Called "Security Group".

Shelving  No
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Pros and Cons

Weaknesses

  • Management UI for cloud hosting disjointed from main management console.
  • No update or improvements to DreamCompute in years.

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  
Team Management Managed databases Serverless DDoS protection Kubernetes
GPU instances

CPUs

These are all the CPU types we have seen in Dreamhost instances per plan and time period.

Dreamhost CPUs

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
65s 20s 180s 4

Admin UI Screenshots


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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 CPU No

Plan Grades

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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 D E F
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Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2021 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.


Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 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 6 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the gp1_subsonic plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Jun 10 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz Virginia, USA E
Sep 22 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz USA E
Nov 29 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz iad-2 E
Oct 01 2017 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz iad-2 F
Jan 08 2017 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz iad-2
May 01 2016 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v3 @ 2.40GHz iad-2

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 CPU No

Plan Grades

Screen Dreamhost VPS Plans

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: 30

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
E F B E F
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2021 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.


Performance Test Results

We conducted 6 different types of tests during the latest trial for Dreamhost - gp1_supersonic. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Live Web Network Transfers Remote Timings Sysbench Endurance
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Performance trials run on the gp1_supersonic plan

This plan was tested 6 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the gp1_supersonic plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Mar 13 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz Virginia, USA E
Jul 05 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz iad-2 F
Sep 15 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v3 @ 2.40GHz iad-2 D
May 20 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v3 @ 2.40GHz iad-2 D
Sep 10 2017 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz iad-2 D
Aug 07 2016 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz iad-2

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 CPU No

Plan Grades

Screen Dreamhost VPS Plans

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: 34

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
E E D F C
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for Dreamhost - gp1.lightspeed. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
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Performance trials run on the gp1.lightspeed plan

This plan was tested 3 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the gp1.lightspeed plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Nov 20 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz Virginia, USA D
Nov 27 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v3 @ 2.40GHz USA East D
Mar 13 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz iad-2 D

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