DreamHost is located in California and was started by Miguel Rodriguez, Dallas Kashuba, Sage Weil and Josh Jones during their college days in 1997. Since their beginnings over thirteen years ago they host 500,000 websites on 1500 servers. With more than 50 employees they claim to be more of a “tight-knit family” than a company of employees. Dream hosts plans on the future are to be “...focused squarely on providing quality customer service and the absolute best web hosting packages in the industry.”
Plans and Features
They have one Shared Hosting plan that has everything. At $8.95/month you get disk unlimited disk storage (with 50GBs of online backups), unlimited monthly bandwidth, unlimited domains, unlimited Full Shell / SSH / FTP and SFTP Users. They don’t stop there, also available is unlimited email account creation, MySQL databases and they host it all on Debian Linux Servers.
All other features included with this account are: PHP, Perl, Python, Full Unix Shell, Crontab Access, Full CGI Access, Ruby On Rails, Canned CGI Scripts, SSI, CVS Repository, and Subversion Repository. You also have the ability to install popular scripts like Joomla from their One-Click Installer.
Using their control panel is much different than other hosts. DreamHost took the time to build a custom control panel. It runs much faster and is easier to navigate than other control panels. It also works from within their website, so it feels much more robust. They have enhanced it by using the latest in Ajax and CSS. Within the control panel you can configure account data, manage MySQL databases create email aliases and a lot more.
Joomla Specific Features
DreamHost offers a wide array of applications not limited to a 3rd part one-click installer. In fact, they built their own called the DreamHost One-Click Installer. It allows you to install lots of different CMS’s including Joomla. Also find support for WordPress, concrete5, Drupal, Moodle, phpBB, Zen Cart and many more.
Enter their Web Panel for support. Its really easy to submit a problem through email. Expect a response in less then 24 hours. However, “...most are answered in substantially less time.” according to their support section. Each plan comes with a limited number of ‘call-backs’ a month! If you have a problem you will be able to get help from their friendly staff. Otherwise, check the well-developed ‘wiki’, discussion forum, or blog for great information and up to date service.