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Dreamhost Web Hosting

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Performance 9
Reliability 9
Customer Relations   5
Features 7
Control Panel6

87%

 


Introduction:

Dreamhost is one of the oldest web hosting companies on the internet today. Founded by four computer science majors from Harvey Mudd University in 1997, they have grew to become one of the largest web hosting companies on the internet. They have over twenty five staffs and over three hundred servers.

Pricing and Value:

Dreamhost we hosting is slightly more expensive than the average web hosting company, but quality comes at a price. They offer 500 MB of space, and 25 GB of traffic, which is lesser than most companies, but they do offer unlimited MySQL databases. As a added bonus, they also include up to 15 shell accounts per web hosting accounts. Most other web hosting companies by default don’t offer shell accounts, and even when they do it is usually limited to one. Finally, they offer up to three domain support per account and fifteen sub-domains. If you plan to host more than one domain, then this would be a big plus.

Reliability:

Dreamhost tends to be one of the more reliable web hosting companies. When we hosted our sample site at Dreamhost for a couple of months, our downtime was very minimal. The only downtime we experienced were schedule maintenance, but even those were set to a low bare minimum.

Data Center:

Dreamhost doesn't provide exact information on where their data center is located, but based on their text, their web hosting is secured and located in a state-of-the-art facility. They have people constantly monitoring their data center on a twenty four hour basis. Unlike most web hosting companies, Yahoo doesn't provide much detail of their security infrastructure or network whereabouts. This prevents intrusion attempts and competitors from determining where they are located.

Customer Service:

Dreamhost strives in their level of customer support. But they do not put their phone number anywhere on their site. Instead they prefer that most customers email their responses. When we emailed our questions, we received a fairly rapid response which we notice to be faster than web hosting companies who offered both phone and email support. E-mail support is usually more than sufficient for to handle most billing inquires, but sometimes having a actual support representative on the phone is better. A company of this size should consider it, but its no wonder since Amazon.com doesn’t even offer phone support on their website.


Conclusion

Dreamhost is definitely a bargain if you plan to host more than one domain, since their minimum plan can support up to three domains. But even with a single domain, it’s offerings are still more unique than others in that it offers shell access and up to fifteen sub-domains. Even at a higher than average price of $9.95, we think it offers a compelling value for the features it offers.

 

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Rating Out Of Ten
Performance 8
Reliability 9
Customer Relations 5
Features 7
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