Dreamhost.com Review

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DreamHost started operating back in 1997 as the brainchild of some computer-whizzed teenagers from California, United States. Today, the company has grown to become one of the key-players on the American web hosting market. Ever since it was established over a decade ago, the team of DreamHost has always been devoted to serving its clients in a professional and wholehearted manner. Customers, on the other hand, have always demonstrated unquestionable respect and loyalty to their web hosting provider.

The company's pricing policy, current offers and, of course, the technical specifications of their products, and the available databases require special attention.

First, DreamHost's hottest deal is an $8.95/mo package, literarily jam-packed with cool features such as an unlimited disk storage space plus 50 GB of backups, unlimited monthly bandwidth, full SHELL, SSH, FTP and SFTP support, plus an unlimited number of email accounts.

DreamHost's products are running under LINUX Debian which makes them much more stable than the ones of many of their competitors, running under Windows OS. As to the databases, one can avail of an unlimited number of MySQL 5 databases which are the best in their class. These are more than sufficient for a stable and unproblematic site management.

The web-hosting package also includes a free domain registration and an unlimited number of hosted domains and sub-domains, plus custom DNS. The customers of DreamHost may also take advantage of a vast array of programming tools including PHP5, Perl and Python support, full UNIX shell, Crontab and full CGI access, as well as CVS and Subversion Repository.

Being a LINUX creation, the administrator's panel of DreamHost is essentially different from the standard c-panel. However, once you get used to its little peculiarities, you'll see that it is much more flexible and open to multiple customizations.

The company offers a 97-day money-back guarantee which is the longest trial period among hosting providers. Clients who are unhappy about the offered services can close their accounts from the company’s panel, and they will be promptly refunded their money. Customers who decide to cancel after the 97 days have passed will get a refund to their credit cards for the remaining time. Keep in mind that no refund is issued to customers who are found in violation of the anti-spam policies and the company’s terms and conditions. Domain registration fees are also excluded and refund is issued to credit card holders only.

DreamHost's hosting plans are also rich in special features such as enhanced web security, one-click software installers, real-time audio and video streaming, etc. What makes their service truly stand out in the crowd of web hosting providers are the unique account upgrades that clients can purchase. For example, you can buy an extra domain registration for about ten dollars a year, while a unique IP address costs $3.95 per month. The premium support service, including three call-backs per month plus unlimited live chat, can be purchased for just $9.95 per month. Last but not least, DreamHost's standard customer care service is also quite good.