***This is not a book-related post! Skip it if you’re not interested, but if you’re in the market for a web host, maybe give this post a read!***
For those of you who don’t know, this website is proudly and happily hosted by Dreamhost.
***Note: The links to Dreamhost are all affiliate links which would greatly help me out if you sign up for their services by using these links. The links to the other hosting sites mentioned are not affiliate links; they’re just there for convenience.
***Another Note: This post is NOT sponsored!!! I wrote it on my own accord because I’m so happy to have found such a great web host and want to help other people do the same.
In this post, I’m going to tell you a little bit about my experience with being hosted by Dreamhost and what I think of their services overall.
First of all, let’s start off with a star rating, reminiscent of my book reviews.
Other Hosting Companies
Starting off, I’ll tell you a little bit about these two companies that I was previously using for hosting. If you’d like to skip forward to see what I have to say about Dreamhost, feel free to skip ahead to that section!
First of all, I started out using 1and1 hosting because I’d heard a lot of good things about them. Their service was alright, and I didn’t really have any problems, except for when it came time for me to cancel my service. At the time, I was cancelling my hosting service simply because I wasn’t really using it and I didn’t have the extra cash lying around to pay for a service that wasn’t being used. In order to cancel my service, I had to call 1and1 multiple times and talk to customer service reps who didn’t speak very good English. Overall, it was a tedious process that bothered me enough that I decided I wouldn’t be using 1and1 for hosting in the future ever again.
After using 1and1 and not being satisfied with it, I switched to MediaTemple hosting. MediaTemple was significantly more expensive than 1and1 was, even though I got mostly the same amount of features and benefits. I will say that I really appreciated the fresh design of the MediaTemple website, but that’s about all I can say to vouch for it. The service was just okay and wasn’t anything special, so when it came time to renew my service, I decided against it.
Finally, I found Dreamhost and decided to give them a try. Dreamhost web hosting starts at $7.95/month, which is a pretty average price when you take a look at all the available hosting options around the internet. I decided to give them a try because they were ranked highly in several reviews of web hosts I looked into, and because the price wasn’t too sky-high.
I’ve been hosted by Dreamhost for almost a full year now and I’m very happy to say that I’m 100% satisfied with Dreamhost as my web host. I haven’t had any issues at all, which is pretty rare considering there’s probably at least something to be dissatisfied with from most web hosts. But I’ve hosted several domains on Dreamhost‘s servers and I’ve never once been disappointed. Dreamhost is all I could ever ask for in a web host and I’m so happy I found Dreamhost after only two disappointing hosting experiences.
If you’re thinking of starting a website or blog, I highly, highly recommend using Dreamhost to host your website. You don’t have to buy your domains through Dreamhost (although they do offer that, if you want to), which is great because it allows you to shop around for the best domain price, and Dreamhost can still host your domain even if you bought it elsewhere – there’s lots of guides online about how to change your domain’s nameservers to your own host’s nameservers.
Dreamhost also offers other goodies besides just plain web hosting, like webmail for your domains and free One-Click Installs for lots of popular web software, like WordPress and PhpBB.
Overall, I think Dreamhost is no doubt the BEST web host out there, it’s affordable, and I’ve never experienced any problems at all with their services. I definitely recommend Dreamhost as a web host and I suggest you don’t waste your time with any other web hosts and go ahead and give Dreamhost a try if you’re thinking about starting your own website or blog.
Do you have experience with Dreamhost or with other web hosting sites? What are your thoughts and opinions? Let me know in the comments what you think!