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DreamHost vs iPage Web Hosting Comparison

by Jerry ClarkOctober 10, 2018

When talking about iPage and DreamHost, there are a couple words that come to mind: budget-friendly hosting. DreamHost and iPage have very low prices for their shared hosting plans. But which one is right for your website?

Today, we are going to dive deep into the details to find out just how different these two hosting companies are. Do they differ in the security they provide or the features? Our DreamHost vs iPage rating uses the following criteria: performance, packages, prices, usability, and customer service.

DreamHost vs iPage – Performance

What do you think of when you think performance? We think of uptime and page load speeds. iPage has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Unfortunately, they don’t have that kind of track record. Their average uptime is a very low 99.86%. Their page load speeds are good at 1,038ms.

DreamHost is twice as fast with an average 538ms page load speed. They have a confident 100% uptime guarantee. Good news! They manage to keep their servers up 100% of the time. Dreamhost is our declared winner as regards performance.

DreamHost vs iPage – Pricing & Features

A variety of hosting options can be found at DreamHost, including the shared hosting plans and the WordPress-optimized hosting accounts. You can expect to pay $2.59 or more per month for DreamHost’s services. For this, you get unlimited resources and SSD storage.

iPage is one of the cheapest hosting services available online without being free. Their promotional prices start at only $1.99/month. However, they go back up to the regular price of $10.95/month after that, which is quite a jump. iPage also has unlimited disk space and bandwidth but does not have SSD storage.

Hosting CompanyPrice Range/MonthDomainsDisk Space (min. to max.)Bandwidth (min. to max.)
DreamHost$2.59-$13.75UnlimitedUnlimited SSDUnlimited
iPage$1.99-$11.95UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited

It’s hard to declare one single winner. In pricing, iPage surpasses DreamHost, but the better features are those from DreamHost, so it is up to you to decide and choose.

DreamHost vs iPage – Security

Not only does your hosting service must be budget-friendly and reliable but it also has to be secure, especially if you’re taking payments of any kind on your website. iPage has an enhanced security suite that they use to protect their servers. They also have 24/7 network monitoring, UPS power backup and diesel generators to keep their load-balanced servers online.

DreamHost doesn’t offer too much in the way of security but they do give free SSL and TLS certificates to all their customers and free domain privacy protection. These two things are some must haves for eCommerce sites. Therefore, although DreamHost has the better features, iPage offers more reliable security options, so it goes ahead, winning in this category.

DreamHost vs iPage – Usability

iPage uses and off-brand control panel called vDeck CP. While it has the basics, it is not nearly as user-friendly than most other control panels on the market. They do have a website builder that allows up to 6 pages and 1-click install WordPress.

DreamHost’s control panel is slightly better than iPage’s, though there are still better out there. They only have 18 applications that are 1-click installations but WordPress is among them. Unfortunately, we cannot declare a clear winner, for both DreamHost and iPage are equal as usability is concerned. It is up to you to decide.

DreamHost vs iPage – Customer Service

DreamHost has great reviews about their 24/7 customer support even though it is only available via email and Twitter. 92% of their reviews are positive. Included with every plan is their 97-day money back guarantee.
iPage’s 24/7 support can be reached by phone, email, and live chat.

This comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and a $200 credit for Bing and Google AdWords for online advertising. Phone support and the advertising credits are the reason iPage pulls in front of DreamHost in customer service. iPage comes out ahead in this category because it has a better customer service.

DreamHost vs iPage – Pros & Cons

DreamHost

Here is the good and bad of DreamHost and their hosting services.

Pros

  • Fast page load times
  • Outstanding uptime
  • Free SSL/TLS
  • Free domain privacy protection

Cons

  • No phone support
  • Few choices for 1-click install

iPage

Now let’s talk about what we did and didn’t like about iPage.

Pros

  • Great low starting prices
  • Unlimited resources
  • Great advertising credit perk

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Cons

  • Control panel not user-friendly
  • Horrible uptime
  • Website builder is limited

DreamHost vs iPage – Rating

Hosting CompanyPerformanceFeaturesPricesSecurityUsabilityCustomer Support
DreamHost10/107/109/107/108/108/10
iPage6/108/108/109/108/109/10

Verdict

We believe that either service would be a decent choice. However, we would have to go with DreamHost overall for performance and the free SSL and TLS certificates. iPage still beats out DreamHost in other security options, customer service, and price. This made the choice incredibly hard for us.

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