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September 5, 2020

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Want a website? We were hoping you’d say that. DreamHost offers aspiring website owners a great starting place: Shared hosting plans that won’t pinch the purse strings or overwhelm your to-do list. Designed for beginners, our Shared Hosting plans offer a user-friendly interface and flexible options to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking to run an e-shop, business website, or killer blog, our Shared Hosting plans can get your site set up with professional, customizable themes and must-have plugins. In addition to helping you trick out your website with the best tools and tech, we offer you round-the-clock support, regular updates, and valuable resources.

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Whether you’re a blogger, small-business owner, web designer, or developer, DreamHost makes it easy to start your online journey off on the right foot. Our shared web hosting solutions are an easy-as-pie way to get a great website up and running. Plus, with so many robust features — we throw in a domain, SSL certificate, professional email address, and privacy protection for free — Shared Hosting gives you everything you need to succeed online (without breaking the bank).

Claim your very own piece of internet real estate and give your site a home with a domain name from DreamHost. This one’s on us!

Look professional with a custom, personalized email address for your domain.* With DreamHost hosting, you can promote your website and make a name for yourself with every email you send.


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Shared Hosting Advanced Features

Unlimited MySQL Databases

Subversion Repository (SVN)

Server Side Includes (SSI)

Support for PHP 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3

DreamHost Control Panel

Full Unix Shell

Access to Raw Log Files

Crontab Access

Full CGI Access

Canned CGI Scripts

Reseller & Sub Accounts

Secure Shell (SSH) Access

IPv6 Support

Rails, Python, Perl Support

Unlimited SFTP Users

Extreme Speed & Reliability Standard

We love the internet — a virtual smorgasbord of information, resources, and content. You should be proud to be a part of it. But to really make your mark, you need a good web hosting provider. But even with the web’s abundance of choice, all web hosts are not created equal. DreamHost holds itself to the highest standard so your website can reach its full, top-performing potential. That means lightning-fast speeds and reliability, top-level tech, and always-a-priority customer support.

Fast Solid State Storage

Don’t make your visitors wait around for lengthy load times. With SSDs, your website, caching, and database queries are faster — we’re talking 200 percent faster — than old school HDDs. That means, your visitors get to enjoy your website without being bogged down by lagging load times. No taking a number here!

Optimized Servers

We get it. You need a website that performs at full capacity. Because we’re basically WordPress’ No. 1 fan, we’ve designed all of our services with optimum WordPress performance in mind. From our servers to database software, all our tech is built to run WordPress like a dream, meaning you get the best configurations for your website. Plus, automatic updates and one-click installs makes integration seamless.

Resource Protection

We’ve got your back. Because we’re so committed to protecting your goods, we valiantly keep an eye on things for you so you can go back to doing what you do best: running a kick-butt website that will always deliver for your visitors.

100% Uptime Guarantee

Thoughts of downtime got you down? We understand. Our high-tech systems (think multiple datacenter locations, redundant cooling, emergency generators, and constant monitoring) are specially designed to keep your website fully-functional around the clock. We’re so confident in our tech, that our 100% Uptime Guarantee will put $$$ back in your pocket if your site goes down.

Web Geniuses — At Your Service

We know there’s a learning curve when it comes to setting up a website, especially if it’s your first time making a site. That’s why we’ve done everything we can to make sure we’re there for you when you need it. Whether you’ve got a simple question about your hosting account or need extra assistance wrangling a domain registration, we can help. Equipped with more than 20 years of web hosting know-how and a friendly, pro-level support team, the answers to your questions are only a click away.

We’ve gathered years of web hosting FAQs into a massive, searchable archive — just for you! Thanks to continual updates, relevant answers are always easy to find.

Outsourcing customer service? Not our thing. Our experts take your concerns as seriously you do, diligently providing personalized solutions.

Whether you’re running an online store or managing a blog, it’s important that you can get help — day or night. That’s why DreamHost support is always available.

DreamHost’s award-winning support team is just a few clicks away! Submit a request for your issue or start a live chat (5:30AM–9:30PM PT) — we’re here to help you out.

Looking for a place to house your site? As an industry leader (1.5 million websites have already chosen DreamHost), we’re ready to be your website’s Shared Hosting provider and power your success. Because you need top-of-the-line tech, made-for-you options, and experts who really know their stuff, we make it possible for you to get online, own your virtual presence, and reach your website dreams. It’s not only in our name — it’s our creed.

Money-Back Guarantee

Not totally satisfied with DreamHost services? While we believe you’ll fall in love with what we do, we understand that sometimes things just don’t work out. Whatever the reason*, shared hosting customers can receive a prompt refund if they cancel within the first 97 days after signing up, and DreamPress customers can cancel within 30 days — no need to jump through hoops or dig through obscure fine print. That’s our money-back guarantee policy.

*Aside from disablement for Terms of Service or Spam Policy violations.

Employee Owned

Being employee-owned keeps us focused on the unique needs of our users, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re committed to helping everyone find success online.

In-House Experts

We mean it when we say there are no dumb questions. No matter what you want to know or what you need help with, our in-house geek squad gives you the support you need. Burning the midnight oil and hit a roadblock? We’ll work through it with you. Want to know your upgrade options? Chat with us. Our in-house, friendly hosting gurus are always available to offer you — our DreamHost family — solutions based on pro-level knowledge. No matter the problem or hour, we’re here for you.

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Aren’t convinced of the merits of DreamHost’s Shared Hosting services yet? We think we’ve got it going on, but don’t just take our word for it. We’ve earned a top-level seal of approval from WordPress — the powerhouse CMS that fuels a whopping 30% percent of the internet. Because WordPress trusts DreamHost’s hosting services, you can too.

Supporting Open Source

We believe in collaboration. In fact, we’re obsessed with it. We enthusiastically cheerlead the open-source movement. Because we believe in providing open-source solutions to our customers whenever possible, we actively champion WordPress (and have for more than a decade) by contributing to the platform’s code, sponsoring WordCamp events, and creating helpful resources for the WordPress community. We’ve even built an optimized hosting environment and software specific to the platform. Open source is in our DNA — and always will be.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is hosting?

Let’s break it down. The basics: you want a website. You’ve got great ideas for content, a vision board describing your site’s mood, and even a wishlist for additional functions you want for your website. But how exactly do you get your site online? That’s where hosting comes in. Your website needs a hosting provider to get it up on the web and publicly available to visit. Web hosts are companies that provide the server space necessary to store your website. As web traffic attempts to access your site, the necessary data is transmitted from the server to the visitors’ device. Web hosting providers do, however, differ in the variety of plan types and options they offer. So having a quality web host is crucial.

How many websites can I host?

Just getting started? With a Starter Shared plan, you can host one website — a great place to begin! If you’re looking to manage a handful of sites, a Shared Unlimited plan allows you to host any number of websites (we say unlimited and we mean it!). Whatever flexibility you need, DreamHost offers it.

from their domain, up to five mailboxes with 25GB of disk storage each. And hey, you don’t have to pay a pretty penny for these services; they start as low as $1.67 a month!

What’s the difference between a domain name and web hosting?

A domain name is the unique .com (or dot whatever) address where your site can be found on the web. But in order to get your website online, you’ll also need a web host to provide the server space necessary to store your site. For a fully-functional site, you need both a domain name and a good web host. Like peanut butter and jelly, they’re better together. To make things simple, you can keep your needs in-house, letting one provider supply both your

domain name and web hosting needs. Let DreamHost multitask for you — at a great price.

Can I upgrade to a more powerful hosting plan later?

Totally. We know your ultimate goal is probably to grow your website over time. We want that for you! When your site’s traffic reaches rush-hour levels, is overflowing with content, or simply needs more high-powered tech and features, you can upgrade to a plan with extra bells, whistles, and performance power. While Shared Hosting is a smart, budget-friendly option when you’re a beginner, a content-rich and heavily-trafficked site may demand a larger-scale plan, meaning additional server space, specially-dedicated resources, advanced security, and accelerated speeds.

Wondering when to upgrade? If you notice diminished site performance or lack necessary space or resources, it’s time to consider bumping your site to the next level and choosing a better-fit hosting package. No matter the current size of your website, DreamHost offers a perfectly-matched plan. We adapt to match your needs,

making upgrading easy .

Do you include SSL certificates?

We care about safety big time — and so do your site’s visitors. With a Shared Hosting account, you get an

SSL certificate for free to add to your site. In this day and age, having an SSL for your site is a no-brainer best practice. Not only does an SSL help your visitors feel safe interacting with your site — this is particularly important if you run an e-commerce site — but it avoids penalizations you might otherwise earn from search engines without one. No website wants an “unsafe” or “insecure” label to bruise their reputation. While a SSL certificate isn’t an end-all, be-all defense against internet baddies, it’s certainly a great first step in the right direction to putting your site visitors at ease.

What if I have a domain at another company? Can I transfer it?

Yep! Forget about packing up virtual boxes or worrying about a forwarding address— we’ll handle the transfer tasks and make moving to DreamHost E-A-S-Y. By transferring your domain registration from your old provider to DreamHost, you can easily manage all aspects of your domain from one convenient location. See

our guide to get more details about moving.

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Brace yourself — we’re about to talk nerdy to you. Websites are a collection of web pages that are governed by code. The code can be filed and uploaded to a web server so that any computer in the world with access to the internet and web browser can locate the stored data. The server is an internet-connected computer that receives requests for web pages from visitors’ browsers. The browser then connects the computer to the server via an IP address. As you click, you probably don’t even realize all this sending and translating and receiving is happening!

To display a website on the internet, you will need three things: a domain name, a website, and a server.

A domain name, the unique-to-you web address where your site can be found (identified by the .com, .blog, or .whatever at the end of the URL) catalyzes the pull of information from web server to web browser by interpreting the code and displaying your page. Custom domain names aren’t free, but many web hosts (including us!) offer free domains with the purchase of an annual hosting plan.

Once you have a domain name and a website (either one you’ve built yourself or with the help of a CMS or site builder), you’ll need server space. That’s where hosting companies come in.

When you purchase a hosting plan, you’re really renting space on a web server for your site’s files to live. Your hosting provider functions as a digital landlord, taking care of the server resources and, depending on your plan, many of the technical to-dos required to maintain your site.

To sum up the process from the first click to the final page, a user opens their laptop and types in a URL. Let’s use, for example. When they type in the web address (the domain name) into the web browser, the browser conducts a series of inquiries — including locating the IP address of the domain name, finding the server that hosts the web pages of that domain name, submitting a request to that server for a copy of the web pages, receiving them, and finally, using the web browser to translate the code on the page into something the user can see, understand, and even engage with.

In order to get a website up and running on the web, you’ll need to purchase server space through a web hosting provider. There are a lot of different hosting options out there, so the type of hosting plan you choose will depend on the size, needs, and goals of your website.

So think: what do you ultimately want to accomplish with your website? What are your current content demands and traffic levels? What resources do you need? What features do you want? The answers to these questions can help guide your decision.

Shared Hosting plans at DreamHost are designed to be beginner friendly and are ideal for users who are launching a new website or running several simple websites that don’t generate a lot of traffic. But don’t misunderstand us: these plans are anything but basic. Our Shared Hosting packages offer everything you need to create a powerful online presence — right from the start.

We provide advanced security, next-level support, top-level tech, optimized WordPress capabilities, and even advanced features, like unlimited MySQL databases, reseller and sub accounts, and a dedicated DreamHost control panel. We keep things running safely and quickly at all times.

No matter your website or level of developer expertise, Shared Hosting is a great place to start.

Shared Hosting is a solid starting place for any website, providing all you need to get up and running quickly. Plus, it’s easy to upgrade to other web hosting plans as your site grows. So why is Shared Hosting the most budget-friendly choice? It all comes down to the setup.

A shared server is a bit like a large apartment building — with individual website owners renting the apartments. Everybody needs a place to live, of course, but buying a private home is expensive when you’re just starting out. Sharing common areas and utilities with your neighbors in an apartment block keeps costs down. The same is true for Shared Hosting.

Shared Hosting gives your website’s files a comfortable home on the web while you divide resources and space with other website owners. The upside: much lower monthly costs. Unlike a user who is paying for exclusive access to a dedicated server, Shared Hosting customers are sharing the server maintenance costs across multiple sites — saving a lot of money in the process.

If you’re cash conscious, Shared Hosting is a fantastic entry-level plan with several great benefits at a can’t-beat-it price.

Whether you’re stuck or just want some tips on where to start, hit up our experts anytime.

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