Shared Web Hosting Packages
DreamHost’s tierless shared Web hosting plan (starting at $10.95 per month, or $9.95 per month with a one-year commitment) offers unlimited disk storage space, domains, email, and monthly data transfers. DreamHost gives you your first .com, .net, .org, or .info domain for free, but you have to pay the registration fee for additional domains.
Virtual Private Server Packages
DreamHost offers Linux-based VPS Web hosting (starting at $15 per month) for businesses that need more power or expect higher traffic volumes. DreamHost’s VPS plans offer unlimited email, storage, and monthly data transfers, which is a nice perk. However, the base memory is quite low; the $15 per month plan offers only 300MB of RAM. On the other hand, the highest configuration ($249 per month) maxes out at 16GB of RAM. Of the VPS Web hosts I’ve reviewed, only Media Temple£13.79 at Media Temple UK offers more RAM (64GB).
Still, Hostwinds, PCMag’s top pick for VPS hosting, has wallet-friendly, well-rounded VPS offerings that start at $7.50 per month for 1GB of RAM, 25GB of disk space, unlimited monthly data transfers, unlimited email, and half a CPU core. Hostwinds plans scale to $172 per month for 28.5GB of RAM, 600GB of disk space, unlimited monthly data transfers, unlimited email, and eight CPU cores. Note: DreamHost lacks Windows-based VPS servers.
Dedicated Web Hosting Packages
Dedicated server options (starting at $169 per month) aren’t radically different from what many competing Web hosting services offer—you get 1TB of storage and can configure the servers with up to 16GB of RAM—but you get a highly desired feature: unlimited data transfers per month. That’s a huge deal for highly trafficked sites. Not even HostGator, the Editors’ Choice for dedicated server Web hosting, can boast that.
Unfortunately, DreamHost lacks Windows-based dedicated servers; it’s Linux or bust. If you want a build a website using Microsoft’s operating system as the foundation, I suggest checking out HostGator, which offers Linux and Windows dedicated server options.
Email for the Power User
DreamHost lets you create as many email addresses as you want. The terms of service clearly state that if the domain is being used for spamming, DreamHost will shut you down. But other than that, whether you need 10 email addresses, 100, or 1,000, you’re set.
Once you have created your email addresses, you can create discussion lists, announcement lists, and message filters. DreamHost has one of the most robust email management tools I’ve seen. DreamHost offers antispam protection using the email blacklists from Spamhaus.
E-Marketing and E-Commerce
DreamHost offers the free ZenCart, which you can access from the One Click Install menu. This open-source online shopping cart software lets users quickly check out the products that you have for sale.
Along a $100 Google AdWords credit, DreamHost lets you track site traffic and analytics via Chartbeat. This is different from most other services, which tend to focus only on Google Analytics.