DreamHost vs Bluehost

DreamHost is one of the oldest internet companies and hosting service providers in the world. The company was established in 1996. Bluehost is 5 younger than it. Both DH and BH are successful internet companies. Their services are used by hundreds of thousands of people across the world.

Is BH better than DH or vice versa? Which company has better shared/VPS/cloud hosting plans? Which firm has lower domain renewal rates? Below, we’ve compared various services of DreamHost and Bluehost.

User interface

DreamHost has one of the most beautiful user interfaces we’ve come across. We would rate its UI 10 out of 10. Bluehost also has a nice interface, but its UI is not as elegant as DreamHost’s. Managing domains and hosting services you purchase from DH and BH is easy.


DreamHost and Bluehost not only offer website hosting services but also let users register domains. DH enables users to register over 380 domains for a price starting at 1 dollar. BH also supports various types of domains. You can purchase .com, .org, and .net domains from DH for 7.99, 10.99, and 11.99 dollars, respectively. On BH, these domains cost 12.99, 14.99, and 9.99 dollars.

The cost of renewing domains on DreamHost is high compared to that of other registrars such as Namecheap, Namesilo, etc. com. On DH and BH, renewing .com, .org, and .net domains cost users 17.99, 15.99, 16.99 dollars, and 17.99, 17.99, and 18.99 dollars, respectively.


Users can purchase four hosting subscriptions on Bluehost – Basic, Plus, Choice Plus, and Pro. The costlier servers of Bluehost offer more features than the affordable plans of the company. Only the basic server of BH supports one website and is priced below 5 dollars. Other plans let users host more than one website, and they’re priced between 7.45 and 18.95 dollars per month. BH lets its users register a free TLD at no additional cost.

DreamHost, on the other hand, offers just two shared hosting plans – Shared Starter and Shared Unlimited. The 1st subscription costs 2.59 dollars per month, and like the BH Basic plan, it supports a single website only. The Shared Unlimited subscription is priced at 3.59 dollars, and it lets you launch and manage multiple websites.


DreamHost VPS packs are in line with the plans of other unmanaged cloud hosting service providers. The firm lets users buy these four VPS packs – Basic, Business, Professional, and Enterprise for 10, 20, 40, 80 dollars per month. The Basic plan server offers 1GB RAM and 30 GB storage. The Business server comes with 60GB storage and 2GB RAM. The Professional VPS ships with 120GB storage and 4GB RAM. The Enterprise server features 8GB RAM and 240GB storage memory. DH offers business email IDs to the buyers of its VPS hosting pack.

Bluehost offers these three virtual private hosting plans – Standard, Enhanced, and Ultimate. The Standard pack, priced at 19.99 dollars, offers a 2-core processor, 30GB storage, and 2GB RAM. The Enhanced plan is a good alternative to DreamHost professional plan as it is priced on the lower side (29.9 dollars) and offers 4GB RAM and a 2-core processor. The Enhanced servers come with 60GB of storage memory. The Ultimate VPS hosting subscription of Bluehost offers a server with 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, and a 4-core processor.

Cloud servers

Bluehost is no longer offering cloud servers. DreamHost offers these three cloud hosting server configurations – 512MB RAM + 1 core virtual processor, 80 GB storage memory & 2GB RAM + 1 VCPU + 80GB SSD & 4 VCPU + 8GB RAM + 80GB SSD for 4.5, 12.0, 48 dollars per month. What will you get when you buy cloud hosting from DreamHost? DH offers full root access and lets users buy object storage.

Email hosting

DreamHost has a single email hosting subscription that costs 1.67 dollars per month. The company charges the same amount for every mailbox you buy from them. DH assigns 25GB of storage memory to each mailbox. Bluehost has launched three email hosting plans. The packs are priced between 4.99 and 14.99 dollars per month. The 4.9-dollar subscription comes with one mailbox and 15GB of storage space. The 9.9 dollars plan provides 50GB storage and a single mailbox. This pack also offers Microsoft Office 365 subscription and 1TB OneDrive storage. The 14.99 dollars plan will give users access to several Microsoft office services such as Microsoft Access, Microsoft Publisher, etc. This subscription includes the services offered by the 9.9 USD plan – free cloud storage and MS Office 365 subscription. DreamHost and Bluehost mail servers are enabled with a spam protection system.

Other services offered by DreamHost:

  • WP website builder.
  • Marketing service.
  • Custom web development service.
  • Design services.
  • Managed WordPress hosting service.

Other Bluehost services you might be interested in:

  • Custom website design.
  • Bluesky WordPress help service.


Bluehost provides customer support over the phone via email and with its live chat system. DreamHost users can get help on their domains or hosting services they have bought from the company with the live chat module or by creating a support ticket.

Closing words: As you can see above, there isn’t a major difference between the pricing of domains on BH and DH. However, DreamHost’s shared/cloud/VPS/email hosting plans are more affordable than BH’s.


Pramod is the founder of wptls. He has been using WordPress for more than nine years. He builds web applications, and writes about his experiences with various WP products on this site.

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