Web Hosting Reviews Driven by Data, Not Dollars

I'm disgusted with fake webhosting "reviews." Since 2014, I've been tracking the results of real-life performance tests for downtime, speed & support at the world's most popular web hosting companies. You'll be shocked by the results...

DreamHost Performance Review

Dreamhost is known for their unlimited resources at a great value. They have been around since 1998 and hosts over 10 million sites. Data centers are located in California and Virginia.

I have purchased a hosting plan on DreamHost and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here's the plan information I chose:

Plan NameHappy Hosting
Cost$10.95/month
Disk SpaceUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee100%
Money-Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

Page Speed Test Results

This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better. Learn more about the Page Speed Test.

DreamHost (full benchmark) performs great in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.10 seconds. Its best run was 2.24 s, but has been as bad as 15.73 s. DreamHost's most recent result on Jul 21 was 2.99 seconds. I expected Dreamhost to have poor performance, but they're not that bad. There are faster hosts out there, but you're not going to be disappointed with them.

Let's see if DreamHost is consistent in its page speed stats:

Uptime Test Results

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better. Learn more about the Uptime Test.

DreamHost (full benchmark) performs incredibly in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.98 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 94.93 %. DreamHost's most recent result on Jul 20 was 100.00 percent. Dreamhost has had a few significant outages, but I've seen worse. Their ping response time is pretty impressive, faster than most hosts, showing they have a decent network.

Let's see if DreamHost is consistent in its uptime stats:

Support Response Test Results

This test measures how quickly the host's support team responds to your request. Lower is better. Learn more about the Support Response Test.

DreamHost (full benchmark) performs alright in the Support Response test, with an average result of 2.8 hours. Its best run was 0.2 h, but has been as bad as 11.0 h. DreamHost's most recent result on Mar 2016 was 1.3 hours. Dreamhost will usually get back to you within an hour, although that's not always the case. Regardless their support is average.

Let's see if DreamHost is consistent in its support response stats:


DreamHost Versus Other Hosts

If you're trying to decide between DreamHost and another host, here's are some specific comparisons that will show you the differences in detail:


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