DreamPress Review Summary

DreamPress is a premium managed WordPress hosting from the team, DreamHost. It excels in a few areas, like good customer support, but lacks in performance, and its uptime stands at 99.82%, below its guaranteed uptime SLA. The load handling response time is 447 ms, which is a huge drop from last year’s test, where DreamPress recorded just 119 ms. With all the negatives, they’ve been increasing their prices every year. Overall, DreamPress hosting can be avoided at any cost as there are better alternatives available even at a lower price point.

Overall Rating:
2 / 5

DreamPress Pros

  • Good customer support.
  • The Control Panel is excellent.

DreamPress Cons

  • Below average performance.
  • Uptime is poor.
  • Price increases every year.

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What is DreamPress?

DreamPress was launched by DreamHost in 2013 as their Managed WordPress Hosting solution. This fully managed service ensures that customers can enjoy an optimized WordPress hosting experience without lifting a finger. It includes features such as Unlimited Email, On-Demand and Daily Backups, 1-Click Staging, and Free Automated WordPress Migrations to make website management a breeze.

DreamPress Plans & Pricing

DreamPress provides customers with three great plans to choose from. Customers can start with DreamPress for as low as $23.99 per month. Here are the details of the three DreamPress plans:

  • DreamPress: $23.99 per month, 30 GB SSD Storage
  • DreamPress Plus: $34.99 per month, 60 GB SSD Storage
  • DreamPress Pro: $89.99 per month, 120 GB SSD Storage.

DreamPress Performance


When I tested the server response time of my DreamPress website, my site responded with an average server response time of 374 ms. According to our fast data, DreamPress performance is a decent-performing host.

2. Uptime

DreamPress recorded its worst uptime of 99.82% last year. The downtime is below their guaranteed SLA and its shocking to see such downtimes for a premium priced hosting service.

There are a total of 42 outages that lasted for 15 hours 58 minutes; that’s nearly 16 hours of downtime. With such downtimes, we don’t recommend using DreamPress.

3. Load Handling

Load handling capacity is a crucial aspect of performance. I conducted load testing on my DreamPress website by sending 500 Simultaneous visitors.

The site responded very well and recorded 447 ms. The load testing results were below par when even shared hosting services recorded a much faster response time. Compared to the 2023 load testing report, DreamPress went downhill in handling the load.

4. Global TTFB

I pinged my site from 40 Global locations to measure the global TTFB score. Dreampress’s average TTFB is 664 ms, and it is one of the slowest scores out of 16 hosts we’ve tested so far.

5. Core Web Vitals

When I recently tested the Core Web Vitals of my DreamPress site, my site responded brilliantly with a ‘Largest Contentful Paint’ of 629 ms, a ‘Total Blocking Time’ of 0 ms, and a ‘Cumulative Layout Shift’ of 0.07.

DreamPress Features

1. Unlimited CDN

DreamPress provides unlimited CDN through JetPack’s CDN network. Kindly note, JetPack CDN is offered for free to all customers and DreamPress have no role here other than simply integrating JetPack CDN to their platform. Every other company in this price range offers a premium CDN or in-house CDN to speed up your sites.

2. DreamPress 1-Click Staging

DreamPress comes with 1-Click Staging, which helps customers test various crucial modifications on a staging site before deploying them to the live site.

3. A Decent Backup System

Apart from this, the host comes with a unique backup system. DreamPress offers customers daily backups plus On-Demand backups. Besides, restoring a backup point is just about a single click.


DreamPress provided a promising start in the first few years of testing. As time flies, their services have degraded, which is visible from every performance test we’ve done so far. Additionally, their prices keep on increasing every year, which is another disadvantage to consider. Overall, for 2024, I’m not recommending DreamPress as there are many superior solutions available in the market.