DreamHost was founded in 1996 in Los Angeles, making them one of the oldest web hosting companies still in operation. Since that time, they have grown to host over 1 million websites, and have a ton of customers. If you look around the web, you can find that their web hosting services recommended everywhere, including on WordPress.org.
This review is going to be taking a look at their various offerings, and how they may fit your particular use case. DreamHost has some of the best WordPress Hosting offerings in several different flavors, including WordPress Basic, DreamPress and WooCommerce Hosting.
They also offer WordPress VPS Hosting and Dedicated Hosting for WordPress as well. With 20+ years experience hosting over 1.5 million websites, blogs, and online stores — DreamHost claims that there is no better place to power your WordPress website.
Let’s take a look at their plans, and see what the differences are between them.
WordPress Hosting – Basic Plans
The WordPress Basic plan is an affordable and reliable option for the “new to WordPress” customer. The starter plan comes with a WordPress website builder pre-installed, with a 97-day money-back guarantee should you have issues with your setup.
While this does not come with a domain name included on purchases less than a year term,, the pricing for basic is very attractive if you do not have an online presence, or are just getting started building your website.
Their lower priced plans do not come with email included, however. If you want email that is an addon that begins at $1.67 per month.
The smallest of their basic WordPress web hosting plans also comes with Free SSD’s, automated migration, a free SSL certificate, and 1 website. This plan is very cheap, and is limited to only 50 Gb of storage, and limits the amount of subdomains, FTP users and MySQL databases you can use, so keep that in mind if you wish to create more than one site.
The WordPress web hosting plan labeled as “unlimited” seems to offer just that, a WordPress hosting option with unlimited growth potential to grow alongside your online business. You can host unlimited websites, as well as serve unlimited traffic and send unlimited emails. Unlimited plans also come with a free domain for the first year if you purchase at least a year up front.
DreamPress – Managed WordPress Hosting
DreamHost’s managed hosting for WordPress offers 3 levels of plans for you to choose from. Based on the number of visitors you have, DreamPress offers something for all sizes of websites from 100k visits for their base offering, 300k visitors for their Plus offering and 1 million visitors for their Pro offering.
All of the DreamPress plans offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing you to test drive the platform risk-free. Also included is built in caching, managed security updates and pre-installed WordPress, allowing you to focus on growing your business while you leave the technical pieces to them.
The base DreamPress WordPress web hosting plan offers you up to 100,000 visitors per month, unlimited email and 30 Gb of SSD storage. You also get a one-click staging environment to help you make changes to your website without affecting your live or production site.
With staging, you can safely test updates, plugins, themes or code and safely push them to your live site without breaking things on your actual website.
Also included is Jetpack Free, 24/7 WordPress support, an SSL certificate pre-installed and on-demand and daily backups. There is also a website builder included free, which will allow you to get up and running quickly.
DreamPress Plus is an option you can choose for a growing business or website, giving you up to 300,000 visitors per month, 60 Gb of SSD storage and everything else included in the base plan.
The largest offering in the DreamPress plans is the Pro. It is built for approximately 1 million visitors monthly, and offers you 120 Gb of SSD storage. Touted as having high-capacity architecture, DreamPress Pro should accommodate users with the need for extreme performance. In the DreamPress class, it is to be considered their best-performing WordPress hosting plan.
VPS Hosting for WordPress
VPS stands for Virtual Private Hosting, a type of hosting that means server resources are allocated specifically to your account. This differs from shared WordPress hosting, where the resources are shared and is a very powerful solution for users that need more control over their platform, or have multiple WordPress websites to host on one WordPress hosting account.
WordPress VPS hosting usually indicates that your VPS is optimized for serving WordPress websites, and in this case, DreamHost offers a managed VPS that caters to WordPress website owners specifically. Their VPS offering also includes the ability to create sub accounts, for you to help manage client accounts or separate websites if you are an agency or hosting reseller.
DreamHost offers 4 types of VPS servers for WordPress: Basic, Business, Professional and Enterprise. All of them come with unlimited websites, unlimited traffic, unlimited MySQL databases, one click SSL certificates and unlimited email addresses that are only limited by the amount of disk space your email accounts use. The difference in these plans is simply the amount of memory and storage you need for your business.
The VPS Basic is perfect for new and smaller websites and comes with 1 GB of RAM, 30 GB of SSD storage and free SSL Certificates. This is a great starting point for newcomers, and you can easily scale your RAM up quickly from right within your control panel.
The VPS Business plan is great for Small Business, and comes with 2 GB or RAM and 60 GB of SSD storage making it great for existing sites and eCommerce stores.
The VPS Professional plan is for resource-intensive sites, offering 4 GB of RAM, 120 GB of SSD storage and will allow you to handle traffic spikes while ensuring your site stays online.
Finally, the VPS Enterprise plan is for enterprise level clients, or customers that wish to host many websites. This comes bundled with a whopping 8 GB of RAM, 240 GB of SSD storage and allows you to either host one really large site, or multiple sites for clients and customers.
All in all, the experience at DreamHost is a great one. If you are looking for reliable, affordable WordPress web hosting, then they are one of our recommended choices.