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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 above average 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 Apr 29 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
2017-04-29100.000 %0 mins0357 ms
2017-04-28100.000 %0 mins0353 ms
2017-04-27100.000 %0 mins0400 ms
2017-04-26100.000 %0 mins0430 ms
2017-04-25100.000 %0 mins0386 ms
2017-04-24100.000 %0 mins0359 ms
2017-04-23100.000 %0 mins0345 ms
2017-04-22100.000 %0 mins0348 ms
2017-04-21100.000 %0 mins0375 ms
2017-04-20100.000 %0 mins0378 ms
2017-04-19100.000 %0 mins0380 ms
2017-04-18100.000 %0 mins0373 ms
2017-04-1799.931 %1 mins1357 ms
2017-04-16100.000 %0 mins0349 ms
2017-04-15100.000 %0 mins0320 ms
2017-04-14100.000 %0 mins0320 ms
2017-04-13100.000 %0 mins0331 ms
2017-04-12100.000 %0 mins0336 ms
2017-04-11100.000 %0 mins0368 ms
2017-04-10100.000 %0 mins0376 ms
2017-04-09100.000 %0 mins0362 ms
2017-04-08100.000 %0 mins0369 ms
2017-04-07100.000 %0 mins0368 ms
2017-04-06100.000 %0 mins0328 ms
2017-04-05100.000 %0 mins0332 ms
2017-04-04100.000 %0 mins0328 ms
2017-04-03100.000 %0 mins0312 ms
2017-04-02100.000 %0 mins0269 ms
2017-03-29100.000 %0 mins0413 ms
2017-03-28100.000 %0 mins0432 ms
2017-03-27100.000 %0 mins0445 ms
2017-03-26100.000 %0 mins0440 ms
2017-03-25100.000 %0 mins0449 ms
2017-03-24100.000 %0 mins0453 ms
2017-03-23100.000 %0 mins0425 ms
2017-03-22100.000 %0 mins0440 ms
2017-03-21100.000 %0 mins0462 ms
2017-03-20100.000 %0 mins0442 ms
2017-03-19100.000 %0 mins0410 ms
2017-03-18100.000 %0 mins0412 ms
2017-03-17100.000 %0 mins0441 ms
2017-03-16100.000 %0 mins0430 ms
2017-03-15100.000 %0 mins0426 ms
2017-03-14100.000 %0 mins0417 ms
2017-03-13100.000 %0 mins0416 ms
2017-03-12100.000 %0 mins0403 ms
2017-03-11100.000 %0 mins0406 ms
2017-03-10100.000 %0 mins0411 ms
2017-03-09100.000 %0 mins0434 ms
2017-03-08100.000 %0 mins0449 ms
2017-03-07100.000 %0 mins0432 ms
2017-03-06100.000 %0 mins0448 ms
2017-03-05100.000 %0 mins0410 ms
2017-03-04100.000 %0 mins0392 ms
2017-03-03100.000 %0 mins0464 ms
2017-03-02100.000 %0 mins0428 ms
2017-03-01100.000 %0 mins0434 ms
2017-02-28100.000 %0 mins0429 ms
2017-02-27100.000 %0 mins0398 ms
2017-02-26100.000 %0 mins0416 ms
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