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Is DreamHost reliable? DreamHost Uptime Stats

Dreamhost is known for their unlimited resources at a great value. They have been around since 1998 and hosts over 10 million sites. Data centers are located in California and Virginia.

I have purchased a hosting plan on DreamHost and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here's the plan information I chose:

Plan NameHappy Hosting
Cost$10.95/month
Disk SpaceUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee100%
Money-Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

Uptime Test

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better.

I use Pingdom to report website uptime. Pingdom is configured to make an HTTP request to the host every minute, and report if it is unreachable. It'll also report an error if the host takes longer than 30 seconds to respond (Yes, that's not actually down, but if your site takes that long to respond it is unusable in my opinion). Pingdom performs this test from at least 3 servers worldwide, and reports a problem if 2/3 servers do no respond.

This test is important if you are concerned about the reliability of your web host (this is important!)

Measuring uptime with Pingdom

DreamHost Uptime Test Results

DreamHost (full benchmark) performs incredibly in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.98 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 94.93 %. DreamHost's most recent result on Jan 18 was 99.86 percent. Dreamhost has had a few significant outages, but I've seen worse. Their ping response time is pretty impressive, faster than most hosts, showing they have a decent network.

Let's see if DreamHost is consistent in its uptime stats:

Recent Raw Results for DreamHost

Date Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
2017-01-1899.861 %2 mins1379 ms
2017-01-17100.000 %0 mins0434 ms
2017-01-16100.000 %0 mins0438 ms
2017-01-15100.000 %0 mins0439 ms
2017-01-14100.000 %0 mins0437 ms
2017-01-13100.000 %0 mins0397 ms
2017-01-12100.000 %0 mins0381 ms
2017-01-11100.000 %0 mins0397 ms
2017-01-10100.000 %0 mins0414 ms
2017-01-09100.000 %0 mins0374 ms
2017-01-08100.000 %0 mins0342 ms
2017-01-07100.000 %0 mins0342 ms
2017-01-06100.000 %0 mins0358 ms
2017-01-05100.000 %0 mins0368 ms
2017-01-04100.000 %0 mins0364 ms
2017-01-03100.000 %0 mins0378 ms
2017-01-02100.000 %0 mins0372 ms
2017-01-01100.000 %0 mins0657 ms
2016-12-31100.000 %0 mins0595 ms
2016-12-30100.000 %0 mins0507 ms
2016-12-29100.000 %0 mins0459 ms
2016-12-28100.000 %0 mins0412 ms
2016-12-27100.000 %0 mins0399 ms
2016-12-26100.000 %0 mins0412 ms
2016-12-25100.000 %0 mins0439 ms
2016-12-24100.000 %0 mins0418 ms
2016-12-23100.000 %0 mins0422 ms
2016-12-22100.000 %0 mins0426 ms
2016-12-21100.000 %0 mins0421 ms
2016-12-20100.000 %0 mins0427 ms
2016-12-19100.000 %0 mins0459 ms
2016-12-18100.000 %0 mins0457 ms
2016-12-17100.000 %0 mins0481 ms
2016-12-16100.000 %0 mins0487 ms
2016-12-15100.000 %0 mins0488 ms
2016-12-14100.000 %0 mins0492 ms
2016-12-13100.000 %0 mins0510 ms
2016-12-12100.000 %0 mins0488 ms
2016-12-11100.000 %0 mins0475 ms
2016-12-10100.000 %0 mins0473 ms
2016-12-09100.000 %0 mins0468 ms
2016-12-08100.000 %0 mins0477 ms
2016-12-07100.000 %0 mins0426 ms
2016-12-06100.000 %0 mins0400 ms
2016-12-05100.000 %0 mins0378 ms
2016-12-04100.000 %0 mins0391 ms
2016-12-03100.000 %0 mins0390 ms
2016-12-02100.000 %0 mins0402 ms
2016-12-01100.000 %0 mins0361 ms
2016-11-30100.000 %0 mins0178 ms
2016-11-29100.000 %0 mins0178 ms
2016-11-28100.000 %0 mins0183 ms
2016-11-27100.000 %0 mins0175 ms
2016-11-26100.000 %0 mins0171 ms
2016-11-25100.000 %0 mins0164 ms
2016-11-24100.000 %0 mins0167 ms
2016-11-23100.000 %0 mins0164 ms
2016-11-22100.000 %0 mins0165 ms
2016-11-21100.000 %0 mins0166 ms
2016-11-20100.000 %0 mins0166 ms
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