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Is DreamHost reliable? DreamHost Uptime Stats

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.

Uptime Test

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better.

I use Pingdom to report website uptime. Pingdom is configured to make an HTTP request to the host every minute, and report if it is unreachable. It'll also report an error if the host takes longer than 30 seconds to respond (Yes, that's not actually down, but if your site takes that long to respond it is unusable in my opinion). Pingdom performs this test from at least 3 servers worldwide, and reports a problem if 2/3 servers do no respond.

This test is important if you are concerned about the reliability of your web host (this is important!)

Measuring uptime with Pingdom

DreamHost Uptime Test Results

DreamHost (full benchmark) performs impressively 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:

Recent Raw Results for DreamHost

Date Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
2017-07-20100.000 %0 mins0407 ms
2017-07-19100.000 %0 mins0419 ms
2017-07-18100.000 %0 mins0418 ms
2017-07-17100.000 %0 mins0423 ms
2017-07-16100.000 %0 mins0436 ms
2017-07-15100.000 %0 mins0433 ms
2017-07-14100.000 %0 mins0452 ms
2017-07-13100.000 %0 mins0406 ms
2017-07-12100.000 %0 mins0412 ms
2017-07-11100.000 %0 mins0497 ms
2017-07-10100.000 %0 mins0513 ms
2017-07-09100.000 %0 mins0494 ms
2017-07-08100.000 %0 mins0463 ms
2017-07-07100.000 %0 mins0467 ms
2017-07-06100.000 %0 mins0473 ms
2017-07-05100.000 %0 mins0498 ms
2017-07-04100.000 %0 mins0492 ms
2017-07-03100.000 %0 mins0476 ms
2017-07-02100.000 %0 mins0444 ms
2017-07-0199.792 %3 mins2420 ms
2017-06-30100.000 %0 mins0415 ms
2017-06-29100.000 %0 mins0415 ms
2017-06-28100.000 %0 mins0416 ms
2017-06-27100.000 %0 mins0412 ms
2017-06-26100.000 %0 mins0485 ms
2017-06-25100.000 %0 mins0583 ms
2017-06-2499.861 %2 mins1568 ms
2017-06-23100.000 %0 mins0502 ms
2017-06-22100.000 %0 mins0488 ms
2017-06-21100.000 %0 mins0493 ms
2017-06-20100.000 %0 mins0489 ms
2017-06-19100.000 %0 mins0523 ms
2017-06-18100.000 %0 mins0533 ms
2017-06-1799.861 %2 mins2533 ms
2017-06-16100.000 %0 mins0548 ms
2017-06-1599.931 %1 mins1488 ms
2017-06-1499.931 %1 mins1496 ms
2017-06-13100.000 %0 mins0510 ms
2017-06-12100.000 %0 mins0513 ms
2017-06-11100.000 %0 mins0508 ms
2017-06-10100.000 %0 mins0502 ms
2017-06-09100.000 %0 mins0502 ms
2017-06-0899.722 %4 mins1498 ms
2017-06-0798.889 %16 mins4485 ms
2017-06-06100.000 %0 mins0444 ms
2017-06-05100.000 %0 mins0465 ms
2017-06-04100.000 %0 mins0466 ms
2017-06-03100.000 %0 mins0466 ms
2017-06-02100.000 %0 mins0486 ms
2017-06-01100.000 %0 mins0454 ms
2017-05-31100.000 %0 mins0439 ms
2017-05-30100.000 %0 mins0453 ms
2017-05-29100.000 %0 mins0446 ms
2017-05-28100.000 %0 mins0448 ms
2017-05-27100.000 %0 mins0436 ms
2017-05-26100.000 %0 mins0466 ms
2017-05-25100.000 %0 mins0470 ms
2017-05-24100.000 %0 mins0449 ms
2017-05-23100.000 %0 mins0417 ms
2017-05-22100.000 %0 mins0418 ms
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