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Dreamhost SUCKS

Just searched Google for the term “Dreamhost sucks” and OMG! I couldn’t believe how many people really hated Dreamhost! Some of them brought really good points and had honest reasons and some where just trying to grab some attention but in general I believe every shared hosting plan suck by nature, including Dreamhost’s and if you don’t agree, you’ve just been lucky.

The fact is that, your experience from a shared hosting plan is more depending on your neighbours (websites hosted on the same server as yours) than your web hosting provider. It’s kinda comparable to sharing a house or better to say staying at a hostel. Your level of comfort mostly depends on your roommates, doesn’t it?

When in comes to Dedicated Servers or Virtual Private Servers the situation is different. You’re guaranteed to receive certain amount of server resources like RAM, CPU, etc. which makes you isolated and relatively independent from your neighbors (If any). In these cases your only concern is the web hosting provider company and how they maintain their service.

Anyway at the end of the day it all comes to your expectations and priorities. It’s obvious that shared hosting plans are way cheaper than virtual private servers and dedicated servers so they’re ideal only if your dealing with less sensitive type of websites and don’t mind having your website down for a few hours every month or two. (You should always consider the worst case scenario)

In my honest opinion Dreamhost wasn’t problem-free but they had the least problems over the past two years comparing to other ones I’ve experienced before including Hostgator, Valuehost, Bluehost, Host.ac, etc. So far I believe their customer service was really helpful and the response time was short to reasonable. The best thing I can say is that they honor their 97 day money-back guarantee so trying their service is gonna be totally risk-free specially if you use the coupon code “SCRIPTBLOGGERS” to get $50 discount or to wave your setup fee if paying monthly.

So at the end I would say “DREAMHOST DOES SUCK But not more than any other shared hosting provider I know.”

Cheers,

Soroush

P.S. There is a SEO lesson in this post, haven’t you got it yet? :D

11 comments

11 Comments so far

  1. web designer jeff November 19th, 2008 10:22 am

    I’m a fan of dreamhost actually. For the same reason that you said they don’t suck. That they do it as well or better than all other shared packages. While there are problems from time to time, it is to be expected on a shared host. But I’ve used other hosts, and dreamhost is easy to quit, get help, and all the other important areas. 1&1 was the worst — in fact, I almost had to go to litigation in order to stop their service! It was a terrible host. I’m a happy dreamhost customer — at least for my shared accounts.

  2. Jake Beumble January 19th, 2009 2:31 am

    I have a Dreamhost account, they looked good at the time, though I suspect the good initial coupon deal is what secures them a good part of their customers.
    Attempting to determine the server loads I discovered typically 24-36 domains per IP, my basic account’s 8 domains are spread over 3 different domains. Must be some distributed server scheme I am not familiar with.
    Other shared host services seem to average more like 300-400 domains per IP. (I saw one ip with a million domains on it, I’d hate to share the server with that domainer’s parked sites)
    I did see one gripe about their virtual private server having the same down time and service issues as shared.
    Besides their having an active blog showing a degree of openness, I picked them because they happen to be in get within their face distance from my local.

  3. Ebook Store February 1st, 2009 4:23 pm

    its a Los Angeles-based web hosting provider am i right.Got some knowledge abt dreamhost after reading the blog.

  4. Arcade Game February 2nd, 2009 3:39 pm

    In my short time with DreamHost, I experienced mail problems, database problems, site outages, and slow performance.

  5. in stock wii fit February 17th, 2009 8:38 am

    Dream host doesn’t really get the idea of customer service. If you do give Dream host a try, absolutely do not pay by any other way than credit card, so you can get your money back.

  6. Custom Essay February 19th, 2009 7:42 am

    I have some of my current clients, who were using Dream host. Due to the fact that they were discussing about a warez product, dream host removed their account, further more, they also complained about their support that their site was almost always down and no one gave them any answer on anything.

  7. Shaw February 21st, 2009 11:58 am

    You can’t say there’s a host that never goes down. No host wants to go down, and they do what they can to prevent it from happening. Also I can’t understand how people can complain about DH’s support… From my experience with them it’s been impeccable, and they’re very friendly.

  8. Sharon February 22nd, 2009 9:40 am

    Dream host is not good. They moved some servers, the switch meant that everything was going to be down for 4-5 hours in the middle of the night.

  9. Curt February 23rd, 2009 9:34 am

    not only dream host every sheared hosting sucks. i love to use dedicated hosting. because like it is mentioned in the article it make me feel independent and can avoid many unwanted complexities.

  10. Lyndsey February 24th, 2009 5:34 am

    I had such a terrible time with Dream host. After being a Dream host customer for some years, I wanted to cancel my account. After a miscommunication due to an out of date e-mail address, my account was suspended. In good faith I paid my $119 to Dream host expecting all of my websites, mailing lists, and emails to be there and back to normal. Well, everything was gone.

  11. internet advertising agency March 23rd, 2010 9:44 am

    Try to use Hostgator or Hostnine. I’ve never had any problems with them

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