DreamHost Dedicated Servers Review

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Cosmo

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Oct 23 - 2014

DreamHost

Dedicated Server Hosting Review

DreamHostis one of the few remaining independent web hosting providers that is still thriving since its incorporation in 1997 by 4 of its founders, Dallas Bethune, Josh Jones, Michael Rodriguez and Sage Weil, then undergraduate students at Harvey Mudd College.

In fact,DreamHostis so proud of this achievement that they once made a mock announcement on April’s Fool day in 2011 saying that they were being acquired by Endurance International Group (EIG), the company that has bought and presently operates many other prominent web hosts on the market including Justhost, Bluehost, iPage and FatCow.


It’s a hilarious read and you can find the whole posthere.


Dedicated Server Plans

DreamHostoffers robustdedicated serverplans for demanding high-traffic sites that have outgrown the power and performance offered by VPS solutions.

Plan New Moon 2 Half Moon 2 Half Moon 4 Blue Moon 4 Blue Moon 8 Blue Moon 16

CPU

Desktop Grade

Server Grade

Server Grade

Server Grade

Server Grade

Server Grade

Cores

2

2

4

4

8

16

Memory

2 GB

2 GB

4 GB

4 GB

8 GB

16 GB

Disk

500 GB

500 GB

500 GB

1 TB

1 TB

1 TB

Bandwidth

Unlimited TB

Unlimited TB

Unlimited TB

Unlimited TB

Unlimited TB

Unlimited TB

Raid

X

X

X

1

1

1

Price

$99

monthly

$115

monthly

$125

monthly

$149

monthly

$189

monthly

$229

monthly

Unlimited Bandwidth

DreamHostis one of if not the only web hosting company on the market today that provides an unlimited bandwidth policy with its dedicated server plans. Most web hosts typically include a hard limit on a plan's bandwidth and storage so as to prevent disruptive use of their servers.


You can check out how DreamHost addresses this in itsUnlimited Policy. DreamHost essentially provides an unlimited amount of bandwidth for its dedicated servers in exchange that its users do no abuse such priveleges for illegitimate purposes.


For example, DreamHost offers a list of whats not allowed in its "unlimited" policy :


What's not allowed in "Unlimited"?

Basically, sites whose essential purpose is to use disk or bandwidth.

Here are some specific examples of things not allowed :


  • Copyrighted content to which you do not hold usage or distribution rights.

  • File upload / sharing / archive / backup / mirroring / distribution sites.

  • A site created primarily to drive traffic to another site.

  • Making your account resources available (whether for free or pay) to the general public.


Finally, DreamHost explains how all this is really unlimited for the "Legitimate Website Owner" :


This whole page is just to announce to the <1% of people who want to try and run free porn affiliate sites or anime video trading forums or host pirated rips of The Dark Knight on DreamHost that we’re not having any.


But our pledge to you is to do our best to always keep your website, with the content you created, UP … no matter how many times you get Slashdotted, Reddited, or win the DHSOTM!


Automatic Renewal of Plans

Like all other web hosts today, DreamHost automatically renew its customers' plan as a courtesy upon expiry of their initial registered hosting terms. This is a standard web hosting industry practice but one which potential customers may sometimes be unaware of.


Under DreamHost'sTerms of Servicereproduced below :


Financial Arrangements

6. At the end of the contract term, the contract will automatically renew for the original contract length indefinitely until canceled in writing or via the web panel. After the first 97 days a canceled account will be canceled before the next payment is due and no more billing will occur nor will any payment be refunded, even for unused portions. If any non-refundable charges have already been incurred, they must be paid before the account may be canceled.


A subscriber can disable the automatic renewal in the Auto Renew Option through cPanel or by contacting DreamHost directly.


Cancellation / Refund Policy

Do note that DreamHost's dedicated server plans do not come with a money-back guarantee.


In DreamHost'sTerms and Services, section 7 of the Financial Arrangements clause states :


“97-Day Money-Back Guarantee” offer only applicable to credit card or Google Wallet payments for shared web hosting. Other forms of payment are non-refundable. Dedicated server payments are non-refundable."


Uptime

DreamHost claims to provide an unheard of 100% Uptime Guarantee with all of its plans. As you will probably appreciate, it is impossible for any web host to guarantee that its servers will run indefinitely without any interruption or downtime.


DreamHost “guarantees” 100% uptime by compensating a customer for any downtime experienced.


How It Works

If your web site, databases, email, FTP, SSH or webmail is unusable as a result of a failure in our systems and for reasons other than previously announced scheduled maintenance, coding or configuration errors on your part, we’ll 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.


We 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, no pages of fine print – DreamHost’s 100% Uptime Guarantee – it just doesn’t get any better than that!


With this, DreamHost offers one of the best uptime guarantee on the web hosting market today.


DreamHost is the only web host we've surveyed that has its ownUptime Brigadethat handles all issues related to downtime.


They document each case received with 2 goals in mind :


  • Find any potential trends with issues, assess its impact on customers, closely track bugs, and identify areas of our infrastructure that can/need to be improved.

  • Find effective, simple, innovative ways to assist customers proactively so they don’t have to contact support in the first place. For example, DreamHost may notice that two customers per day say their email client isn’t working, and realizes that in both cases they’re using Apple Mail.

  • DreamHost may then provide customers with a wiki article that gives specific information on how to setup Apple Mail when using DreamHost’s email service.

Plan Features & Add-ons

On top of web hosting services, DreamHost offers numerous value-added services which we list below. Click on the links to find out more.

Green Hosting

DreamHost participates in an admirable range ofgreen hostinginitiatives.


DreamHost: With a bit of research we found the most effective approach begins with resource conservation: turning off the lights, reducing travel, printing on both sides of the page. The next step is to use clean, renewable energy.


Without the option to put up solar panels or connect with a green power utility for us this means purchasing Renewable Energy Credits. Finally, to neutralize those unavoidable emissions we’ve invested in Emission Reduction Credits (a.k.a. “offsets”) which guarantee our remaining impact is effectively erased.


DreamHost considers itself carbon neutral by purchasing 100% of its energy consumption in Renewable Energy Credits. You can see its up-to-dateCertificate of Carbon Neutralizationissued byGreen-e. It is also a member of the U.S. Green Chamber and participates in its "100 Cities for Change" Program.


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Conclusion

DreamHostis presently one of the best web hosting companies on the market today with a good range of dedicated server hosting platforms for the most demanding high-traffic websites. It also offers the only unlimited bandwidth dedicated hosting plans on the market.


The only downsides are that DreamHost's plans cost more than most of its competitors and also the absence of a cancellation refund. But when you consider the superior service that you will be getting fromDreamHostthroughout the tenure of your plan as well as the unlimited bandwidth provided, the extra cost is well worth it.



In a

nutshell

* For web hosting company in general and not to specific plans.

Pros

1.

Unlimited Bandwidth

DreamHost offers the only unlimited policy dedicated hosting plans on the market today - as long as the server's resources are not use for illegitimate purposes described above.

2.

100% Uptime Guarantee

DreamHost offers one of the best uptime guarantees in the web hosting industry. It offers 1 day of free hosting for every 1 hour of downtime experienced. It also has a dedicated Uptime Brigade to handle downtime related issues.

3.

Superior Customer Support

DreamHost delivers top-notch customer support. It is also listed in WorldBlu's list of most democratic places to work since 2008.

Cons

1.

Pricey

DreamHost's plans are more pricey than many of its competitors.

2.

No Money Back Guarantee

DreamHost's dedicated server plans are not covered by its standard 97-day money back guarantee.

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