Since I posted about reliable web hosting options, I’ve been getting requests about doing an in-depth DreamHost dedicated server review so here it is.
I think the first thing to point out would be that all of DreamHost’s dedicated servers are fully managed solutions. This means that even if you’re slightly less than tech savvy, their experts will manage and monitor the performance of your server 24/7 which could take a load off depending on how experienced you are.
This is especially good news for small businesses because it means you don’t have to have an additional person on standby to handle your server’s technical issues. So while you get the full benefit of a dedicated server that will give you all the control you desire, you won’t have to deal with the headaches that come with actually have your own box.
What does a DreamHost dedicated server come with?
To name a few: RAID Storage is included by default on all servers so you always have a backup of your data, full root and SSH shell access, 1-click installs for software like WordPress, DDoS protection, 24/7 monitoring, unlimited bandwidth and 100% network uptime guarantee.
Think about the last one for a second. If you experience even a minute of downtime, since DreamHost guarantees 100% uptime, you can ask for a refund of your monthly service fee. Now that’s something not many companies will do.
Additionally, RAID by default means that you don’t have to provision and pay for a second hard drive on your server simply to constantly backup your data or keep uploading / syncing your data to another machine weekly or even daily. That’s a big plus.
While all servers come with plenty of cores, RAM and hard drive space, if you do need to upgrade anytime, you can chat or message DreamHost support and it will be added to your server in less than 24 hours with little downtime. I recently put this to the test for the sole purposes of this DreamHost review and my hard drive upgrade, which I had been putting off, was done in 11 hours from the time of the ticket to when it was complete. All with advance notice and few minutes of downtime.
All dedicated servers also come with the easy to use custom built control panel from DreamHost. This will also save you having to shell out additional fees for a licensed control panel or having to learn a complicated setup.
How much does it cost?
For the features you get, prices start at a $149 per month for the hardware and specifications you get. DreamHost has an instant quote tool if you want to modify this based on the number of cores you need, storage, and RAM. And it’s without contract so you can test and/or cancel anytime.
Any special discounts or coupons?
Yes, since DreamHost’s dedicated servers are relatively new, they are currently offering special discounts to save you a few bucks on the server, click here to view their deals.