There are many good webhosts, but none can match Dreamhost for Features and Service
I have hosted my sites with them for more than 10 years (ever since I switched from the cheapo hosting service I used when I was a student (1dollarhosting). When I chose Dreamhost there were many options, just like today. I picked them due to their relatively low cost and excellent reputation. Today, after so many years, I am a 100% satisfied customer. Here are some of the reasons why:
10. 97-day money back guarantee on all plans
Even better than the 2-week free trail, if you are not 100% completely satisfied with your Dreamhost, you can cancel for any reason within 97 days and get a full refund. If you have taken advantage of the free domain registration service, that will refund of $9.95 is not possible, and you may transfer it to another host if you’d like. This is a company that stands behind it's service.
9. Simple to Use Control Panel
If you're even putting up a single site, let alone 100s, you're going to spend considerable in the back-end Web Panel configuring everything. This is where you set up hosting, create emails address, install software, open support tickets, etc. So you want the Web Panel to be usable. Even a person who is using Dreamhost (or any host) for the first time will find it simple to navigate around the Web Panel.
It's very easy to keep track of all your domains and find the features and functionality that you need, when you need it. Easy to read help explanations and warnings prevent you from screwing things up. Success messages let you know when you've completed a task and what to do or to expect next.
8. Dreamhost offers 2-Week Free Trial
Try Dreamhost for 2-weeks. If you're not happy with the service, cancel. It's as simple as that.
7. Dreamhost is Carbon Neutral, 100% Green
This might not be important to you all, but it's important to me and it really says something about the quality of the company and their commitment not only to be a great webhost, but to be an ethical and sustainable company as well by being 100% Green. Dreamhost has calculated the impact of everything they use and leaves behind in the course of their daily work, including all of the resources consumed (paper in the office, electricity for servers, even the gas in their cars ) which leaves behind some kind of soul-sucking residue in the world. When they discovered that running Dreamhost generated as much carbon dioxide as 545 average-size homes, they knew they had to do something about it, namely to neutralize emissions.
They started with a bit of conservation, turning off the lights, reducing travel, printing on both sides of the page. Then they started using clean, renewable energy. While Dreamhost didn't have the option to install solar panels or connect with a green power utility, they were able to buy Renewable Energy Credits. And lastly, in order to neutralize those unavoidable emissions, they have invested in Emission Reduction Credits ("offsets") which guarantee the remaining impact is essentially eliminated.
6. One click Installations and Upgrades
If you ever felt overwhelmed by the process of install web software like WordPress, you'll love Dreamhosts' One-Click Software Installation. Use the powerful "One-Click" software installer to automatically install and configure a new WordPress blog in minutes. And not only WordPress. Dreamhost will also install MediaWiki, concrete5 (Forum) dotproject (Project Management), ecoder (Document Management), Gallery (Image Album), GetSimple (CMS), Joomla (CMS), MICO Mantis (Inbound Call Tracking), MODx Evolution (CMS), Moodle (Learning Management System), Omeka (CMS), Open Web Analytics, OpenVBx (Communication, phpBB (Forum), phpGedView (Genealogy), Piwigo (Photo Gallery), Piwik (Analytics), Pligg (CMS), Splash Frog (CMS), Textpattern CMS (CMS), Trac (Issue Tracking), Web Calendar, XODA (Document Management), and ZenCart (eCommerce).
This is massive time saver, especially if you have no prior experience uploading and configuring these products on your own.
Also, if you use multiple WordPress blogs, Dreamhost can set it up in minutes keep them upgraded them too. The same goes for all tools they install automatically with 1-click installs.
What can the One-Click Installer do for you?
- Automatically setup many of the best web applications directly onto your hosting account.
- Check your server to ensure that it is compatible with all the latest versions of the software Dreamhost installs.
- Allow you to automatically install popular plugins, themes and participating scripts as part of installation.
- Automatically update for many of today's top applications.
- Upgrade every one of your installed web application at the same time with just a single click.
What does this cost? It's free. Of course.
5. 100% Network Uptime Guarantee
Dreamhost has a commitment to giving you the very best web hosting service on the planet. That's why they offer a straightforward 100% Uptime Guarantee!
Here is how it works: If your site, databases, email, FTP, SSH or webmail is unusable as a result of a failure in the Dreamhost systems and for reasons other than previously announced scheduled maintenance, coding or configuration errors on your part, Dreamhost will credit your next invoice with 1 day hosting free for each 1 hour (or fraction thereof) of service interruption; up to 10% of your next pre-paid hosting renewal fee. They will begin assessing credit from the time you open a support ticket to report the problem.
That's all there is to it. No arguments. No hassle. And no pages of fine print. My sites have never been down (that I noticed), and so I’ve never had the opportunity to take advantage of this guarantee, but nice to know it’s there all the same.
4. Unlimited Bandwidth and Storage Space
I do not know of any other webhosting service which will offer you both Unlimited Storage and Bandwidth! Back in the days of my first website in 2002, my offered about 250MB of storage and miserly bandwidth of few MB per day. The site would be taken down any time there was spike in traffic. Monthly Bandwidth is critical because a strategic or featured link on a popular website like Reddit, StumpleUpon, Digg or Slashdot can (and hopefully will) drive massive traffic to your site eat up your limited bandwidth in no time. The result is that you have pay extra to keep the site online. So having truly unlimited bandwidth (and storage) from Dreamhost is awesome. You'll have to worry about traffic spikes and storage limitations ever again.
3. Excellent Customer Support
Dreamhost has great online customer support. Whenever I have an issue, which is rare, I email support and they open a ticket. Their smart support ticketing system takes into account the severity of the issue (from "Just a casual question" to "OMG! EXTREME CRITICAL EMERGENCY!! EVERYTHING'S BROKEN! People are DYING!) and your level of comfort this the issue (From "Please explain everything to me carefully" to "Not to be rude, but I probably know more about this than you!") and helps Dreamhost provide both timely and specific support to your issue.
I usually get a response within a few hours unless it's a critical issue, in which case the response is almost immediate. The customer service reps I've dealt with are always friendly and eager to solve whatever problems I've created. I've messed up my sites a couple of times and they needed to be restored from backup and it was no problem at all.
It's easy to keep track of all your past support issues in the Support History section. And then there is the massive resource of Dreamhost knowledge on the community-build wiki.
2. Free Domain Registration
When you sign up for you first account with Dreamhost, you can register your first domain for free. It not only saves you the cost of the registration (normally around 10 bucks), but saves you trouble of transferring the domain to Dreamhost or dealing with nameservers.
1. Host Unlimited Domains, Subdomains, Databases
One of the best things about Dreamhost is that you can host any many domains as your wantwith your account that costs 8.95/month. How good is that?
Many of the other webhosts will allow you to have only a single domain, some a couple of domains and subdomains, others 3-5, but definitely not unlimited. With Dreamhost you can host as many domains as you want, create as many subdomains as you need, all on a single account and pay no extra charges for it. You could literally host 100s of domains on your (shared-hosting) account. And, just to make even sweeter, there is no limit on the number of databases for each domain.
There may be cheaper sites out there. Go on Google and you'll find them. But there are no better hosting services than Dreamhost.
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