BlueHost vs DreamHost – Who Should You Trust?

Updated: 2022-03-23 / Article by: Jerry Low

BlueHost has often landed on my bias list since I am not overly fond of EIG-owned companies but there is no debating the fact that it has been around for a long time. In fact, both BlueHost and DreamHost are industry veterans having survived in this competitive environment for close to two decades.

Yet at the end of the day these two hosts are more closely matched than likely many will realize. Read on to discover the highlights of a head to head comparison.

About DreamHost

DreamHost

Dreamhost started out small but today is a massively impressive player in the web hosting space. It offers a wide range of hosting services with a strong focus on open-source and Cloud technologies. The company is based out of Brea, California.

Learn more in our full DreamHost review

About BlueHost

BlueHost

BlueHost is a known brand in web hosting and recognized as one of only three officially WordPress-approved service providers. It’s one of a handful that provides truly helpful support agents along with an impressive quality of service.

Learn more in our full BlueHost review

Plans & Pricing Comparison

Comparing plans side by side, BlueHost plans start at an impressive $2.95 per month on its lowest tier (provided you sign up for a 36-month plan). Against that is Dreamhost which comes with  slightly lower price at $2.59 per month.

Unfortunately, as is the norm, once you get past the promotional sign-up period, plan prices go up significantly.

BlueHost Shared Server Hosting

FeaturesBasicPlusChoice PlusPro
Websites1UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Email Accounts5UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Website Space50 GBUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
BandwidthUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Free DomainYesYesYesYes
SubDomains25UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Free MigrationNoNoNoNo
Free SSL CertificateAuto SSLAuto SSLAuto SSLAuto SSL
WordPress IntegrationYesYesYesYes
Git SupportNoNoNoNo
BackupNoNoYesYes
MySQL Databases20Unlimited*Unlimited*Unlimited*
Signup Price$2.95/mo$5.45/mo$5.45/mo$13.95
Renewal Price$8.99/mo$11.99/mo$16.99/mo$26.99

DreamHost Shared Server Hosting

PlansStarterUnlimited
Websites1Unlimited
Storage50 GBUnlimited
Databases6Unlimited
Free WP MigrationYesYes
BandwidthUnmeteredUnmetered
Daily BackupsAutomatedAutomated
EmailsOptionalYes
Free SSLYesYes
SSLLet's Encrypt SSLStandard SSL
Price$2.59/mo$3.95/mo
OrderStarterUnlimited

Server Performance Comparison

Our recent BlueHost speed test. Test site rated "A" by WebPageTest in Time-to-First-Byte (TTFB).
Our recent BlueHost speed test. Test site rated “A” by WebPageTest in Time-to-First-Byte (TTFB).

One thing that is clear with these two hosts is that BlueHost has somehow retained a strong lead in terms of performance. Time to First Byte (TTFB) is one of the key metrics which we look out for in a web host since that is a focus point that Google pays attention to as well.

Coming in strong with a TTFB of under 800ms, BlueHost can easily keep up with the best in the business – Dreamhost not excepted.

Yet all is not lost with Dreamhost since there are several things about this host that are interesting and certainly out of the norm. Take for example their guarantee of 100% uptime. This is something that is unprecedented in the industry.

Most web hosting service providers are very cautious about their uptime guarantees – after all, violating their Service Level Agreement (SLA) means that they will often have to compensate their users. As such, it is normal to see web hosts offer uptime assurances of between 99% to even 99.999%. Dreamhost as far as I know is the only one who has dared step forward with a 100% uptime assurance.

If you combine this with their 97-day full refund trial period, I would venture that they are either foolhardy or steadfastly confident in their ability to stick to it. Either way, the customer wins!

Business Reputation

WordPress.org recommended hosting
Both DreamHost and BlueHost are recommended by WordPress.org (source).

Both hosts have the distinct feather-in-the-cap of being recommended by WordPress.org. This rare honour is only extended to three web hosts, out of literally hundreds of thousands that litter the web hosting landscape today.

That should tell you that you won’t really make a major misstep by going either way. However, between them, BlueHost is one of the more prominent names recognized and has gained an impressive reputation among site owners and bloggers.

In a survey carried out by us among 200 respondents, BlueHost came up number three on the list – not a small feat at all!

Truth be told, both hosts have gotten extremely positive reviews from their users and are worth a look at.

Final Thoughts

It is not often that we see two web hosts that compete so closely on so many levels. In terms of reputation, features, performance and even pricing, BlueHost and Dreamhost are both closely matched.

In fact, given their similarities they are even competing for the same market share and are uniquely suitable for both smaller, personal sites as well as being excellent choices for small businesses. Either way, if you’re considering between these two web hosting companies, I feel that you won’t really go far wrong either way.

Personally though, I would feel very much drawn by the 100% uptime and 97-day money back guarantee that Dreamhost offers – but that’s just me.

About Jerry Low

Founder of WebHostingSecretRevealed.net (WHSR) - a hosting review trusted and used by 100,000's users. More than 15 years experience in web hosting, affiliate marketing, and SEO. Contributor to ProBlogger.net, Business.com, SocialMediaToday.com, and more.