1.5 Million Websites Rely on DreamHost to Power Their Dreams.

What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting allows businesses, organizations, and individuals to make their websites or apps visible on the internet. Whether they’re using a dedicated server, or sharing resources, every website is hosted on a server. The only way for a website to be visible on the internet is if it’s hosted by a web hosting service provider, also known as a web host. In order to find a website, you type the domain name (or URL) into your browser. Your computer will then connect to the server where the website is hosted, and the webpage is delivered onto your screen.

What Are the Different Types of Web Hosting Products DreamHost Offers?

DreamHost offers several different types of hosting plans that work for all website hosting needs.

Shared Hosting:

Shared hosting is the most affordable option, but it does have its limitations. Shared hosting customers share the server’s resources with other customers. If another website on the same server is receiving large amounts of traffic, or using a lot of the server’s limited resources, it’s possible that your site may run slower as a result.

While DreamHost works hard to make sure all sites on a shared server never disrupt other sites, this is always a possibility due to the nature of the product. That’s why we recommend that you look at our more powerful options if you’re expecting to experience high traffic levels on your site.

What can You host on shared hosting?

Shared hosting is perfect for blogs, portfolios, personal/business sites, and database-driven sites. Learn more about shared hosting

WordPress Hosting (DreamPress)

DreamPress is DreamHost’s managed WordPress hosting. It’s a scalable service that allows users to manage their WordPress sites worry-free via automatic updates, caching, daily backups, and a content delivery network (CDN). 

VPS

DreamHost’s Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting is a premium solution that runs faster than our shared hosting. It’s available as an add-on to an existing DreamHost plan, but also as a standalone service.

DreamHost’s VPSs use Linux-VServer to create a “virtual machine” that protects a user’s resources from others on the same physical machine. This allows for a more powerful solution.

Shared vs. VPS Hosting

On a shared server, resources are shared by other users. On a VPS, these resources are more isolated which improves performance and helps to maintain stability. You also have the ability to control how much RAM your server uses.

What can You host on a VPS?

A virtual private server is ideal for websites that require more resources than a shared server can provide, but may not need the full power of a dedicated server. VPS is ideal for businesses, ecommerce websites, designers, and developers that need unhindered performance.

Dedicated

A dedicated server is a server that only contains your files on it. You also get full root access: a major benefit if you’re looking to customize your server to fit your specific needs. Please note that DreamHost support cannot assist if any errors occur as a result of a customization.

Another benefit of a dedicated server is that your MySQL server is on the same server, allowing for faster access. With all other hosting plans your MySQL database is on a separate database server.

What can You host on a Dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are fully-managed, business class servers. They are perfect for resource-heavy apps and giant websites.

Cloud

DreamHost offers two different cloud hosting products.

Object Storage

DreamObjects is a cost-effective cloud storage service, which you can use to host static data for your websites, store backups, or develop the next big thing. You can access DreamObjects in your panel using the built-in interface, programmatically via standard APIs, or with a growing library of applications. DreamObjects is compatible with the Amazon S3 API.

Cloud Computing

  • DreamCompute is a highly scalable cloud computing service built to power:
  • Web and mobile applications
  • Digital media and e-commerce websites
  • Big data
  • Testing and development environments

All instances can be managed through the DreamCompute’s dashboard built off of OpenStack’s Horizon.

How Do You Buy a Domain Name?

Buying a domain name with DreamHost is simple and comes with features that a lot of other hosts don’t offer. Use our domain search tool to buy your desired domain name; we’ll let you know if someone else has already purchased it, and will serve up alternative versions that are available.

After buying your domain name with DreamHost, you’ll also receive:
Free WHOIS Privacy Protection (which keeps your website registration details private)
auto-renewals (so you don’t have to worry about a lapse in ownership)
unlimited subdomains (like blog.yoursite.com, or mexico.yoursite.com, for example)
domain setting controls at your fingertips (like MX records, CNAME, etc.)

Try out DreamHost domains search tool and get online today.

How Do You Migrate Over to DreamHost?

If you want to move your web hosting to DreamHost, the first step is to create a DreamHost account – During the signup process, select the option to add your current domain to your new account – don’t worry, this does NOT affect your current live website!

Next, you’ll need to backup your website files and upload them to DreamHost. You can learn more about this here.

Once you’ve migrated your website to DreamHost’s servers, you’ll need to check the site to confirm that it looks and functions just as intended. If everything looks great, you’ll need to point your DNS to DreamHost so people know where to find you! If this sounds complicated, don’t worry. We have some documentation here on how it’s done.

Have some questions before you get started? No worries. Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.

 Understand More About WordPress?

Definitely. DreamHost have some awesome WordPress guides that can help answer most of your questions. If you get stuck, they always here to help as well.

Does DreamHost Offer an “Email Only” Hosting Plan?

DreamHost does not offer an email only hosting plan. You must purchase a hosting plan that includes email service – Shared, VPS, DreamPress, or Dedicated. At this time DreamCompute only plans do not include email hosting.

What Makes DreamHost So Different?

With nearly 20 years of hosting experience, we focus on successful sites for web designers, developers, bloggers and online businesses. Our community and support helps you create a website fast and easy!

Independently Owned

As DreamHost grown over the last two decades we’ve remained privately-owned, which allows us to stay true to our values and maintain our commitment to our community of customers.

Passion for Privacy

The DreamHost believe in everyone’s right to privacy, and we back that with a strong anti-spam policy and free WHOIS privacy.

Commitment to Security

DreamHost has many security features include Multi Factor Authentication, auto-enabled sFTP and free secure hosting with Let’s Encrypt.

Embrace Open Source

DreamHost strongly believe in providing open source solutions to existing customers whenever possible.

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