DreamHost is another perfectly great hosting company with more than acceptable marks in load time (931ms), uptime (100%), and customer service response time (under 5 minutes). Like several of our other top recommended web hosting companies, DreamHost also offers a free domain, free SSL certificate, and offers an impressive 97 day money back guarantee (seriously, who takes that long to decide?).
- Cost: Starting at $2.58 /mo (3 Year Plan)
- Uptime: 100%
- Load Time: 931ms
- Included Sites: Unlimited Plan Available
- 24/7 Chat Support: Average Response 5 Min
- Free SSL: Yes
Also, while other web hosting companies claim to offer you “unlimited bandwidth,” DreamHost actually delivers on this promise (with a few exceptions, like not using it to host content you don’t own, redirects, or file sharing).
But none of that is why they made our list. After all, they’re a little more expensive and slower than some of our other recommendations. What makes DreamHost different from the rest is that they’re committed to reducing their impact on the earth. By way of being a carbon-neutral, LEED Platinum and EnergyStar-certified, do everything possible (including allowing employees to work remotely) kind of company.
Hell, they even have in office composting. That’s commitment!
Money Back Guarantee: Offering an oddly numbered (but generous, nonetheless) 97 Day Money Back Guarantee, DreamHost also guarantees a minimum 100% uptime (which is also rare).
Customer & Technical Support: Available during business hours only, you can reach DreamHost support via chat or support ticket.
Domain Names w/ Shared Hosting: You will receive one free domain name with all plans one year or longer, which will renew at $15.99 per year afterwards.
Included Email: The starter plan on DreamHost doesn’t include any email accounts, but their unlimited plan includes, as the name suggests, unlimited email accounts as well (2GB storage).
File Storage & Traffic: You won’t be limited in web traffic or storage, though DreamHost does have restrictions in place to prevent unreasonable use (mass file storage, etc).
Applications: WordPress, Joomla, and Zen Cart are included, but many other popular applications are not.
Databases: DreamHost’s starter plan includes 6 databases, whereas unlimited plans include (again, it’s in the name) unlimited databases. MySQL databases are available.
Backups: DreamHost will provide a daily backup of your sites, going back eight days that are available for download.
Security Features: DreamHost includes free Let’s Encrypt SSL access, as well as including a number of other paid services that will enhance your security.
FTP & SFTP: Starter plan allows you up to 6 accounts, whereas the unlimited is, you guessed it, unlimited.
Server Locations: DreamHost has two North American locations, Virginia and Oregon.