Kinsta Vs DreamHost (DreamPress) – Which Host is Good?

Kinsta Vs DreamHost

Kinsta is a popular managed WordPress hosting provider known for its cutting-edge technology and has been around since 2013. Over the years, the provider has provided many small and big businesses with Premium WordPress solutions. I have also written Kinsta Review which is more detailed with new data.

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DreamHost is an extensively used managed WordPress hosting service and has helped businesses of all sizes grow big with its hassle-free and high-performance WordPress. The service has many advanced features. 

Kinsta Vs. DreamHost Pricing

Kinsta has many plans for the customers based on the number of WordPress sites, disk space, and monthly visits. 

Customers have 11 plans to choose from, plus they may also get a customized plan for their project by contacting the sales team. The lowest tier starts at $30 per month, and now, let’s look at some of the popular Kinsta plans: 

  • Starter: $30 per month, 1 WordPress install, 10GB disk space, 25,000 visits
  • Pro: $60 per month, 2 WordPress installs, 20GB disk space, 50,000 visits
  • Business 1: $100 per month, 5 WordPress installs, 30GB disk space, 100,000 visits
  • Business 2: $200 per month, 10 WordPress installs, 40GB disk space, 250,000 visits
  • Business 3: $300 per month, 20 WordPress installs, 50GB disk space, 400,000

Kinsta has the following features common on all the plans: 

  • Free unlimited basic migrations from other hosts
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • 24 global locations
  • Self-healing technology
  • Automatic DB optimization
  • Automatic daily backups
  • 24/7 support
  • Hack and malware removal
  • Multi-user environment
  • Staging area
  • PHP 8.0 support
  • Free SSL certificates
  • SSH access
  • Performance-monitoring tool

DreamHost offers customers 3 plans to select from. The lowest tier plan starts at $16.95 per month. Here are the plans:

  • DreamPress: $16.95 per month, 1 WordPress site, 100k visits, 30GB SSD Storage
  • DreamPress Plus: $24.95 per month, 1 WordPress site, 300k visits, 60GB SSD Storage
  • DreamPress Pro: $71.95 per 1 WordPress site, 1M visits, 120GB SSD Storage

Even though DreamHost allows you to start for a much affordable price than Kinsta, one big downside is that all the plans come with just 1 WordPress site.

As far as the common features go, they are: 

  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • 1-Click Staging
  • Built-on Caching
  • Free Automated WordPress Migrations
  • Automatic WordPress Core and Security Updates
  • Automated Daily Backups
  • Free Domain
  • Email Accounts
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Kinsta Vs. DreamHost Data center locations

Datacenter locations can create a huge difference in the hosting speed, and customers have the advantage of choosing between 24 Google server locations across the globe with Kinsta. This means you can select the closest server location to your target audience. 

However, you don’t have this advantage with DreamHost since it has its data center only in the USA. DreamHost has just one server location in Ashburn, in Virginia.

Kinsta Vs. DreamHost Performance

1. Server Response Time

When I tested the average server response time of Kinsta and DreamHost, I found my Kinsta site with an average server response time of 360ms, and my DreamHost site reflected an average server response time of 394ms. Hence, the difference is pretty close, but Kinsta is the clear winner. 

2. Uptime

When it comes to uptime, both Kinsta and DreamHost have done exceptionally well over the years, and even when I tested the uptime of the two hosts, Kinsta recorded 99.99% uptime while Dreamhost secured 100% uptime.

Kinsta Vs. DreamHost Features

Control Panel

Both Kinsta and DreamHost come with a custom control panel. Even though both the hosts have equally easy-to-use control panels, the Kinsta control panel is slightly better since it comes with many advanced tools. Further, it offers an excellent single point of control of managing the hosting account. 

CDN

Kinsta has partnered with KeyCDN and has 35 global locations. All the locations are HTTP/2, and IPv6 enabled. As far as the working of the CDN goes, it traditionally caches content using a random URL or subdomain.

DreamHost uses Cloudflare, which offers your site the benefit of a reverse proxy/WAF CDN. Cloudflare comes with more than 200 global locations and doesn’t require much CPU. 

Backups

A good backup system is essential to ensure you never lose your site data, and with a good backup system in place, you can focus better on your core business. Both Kinsta and DreamHost offer automatic daily backup on all plans to protect your site data, and restoring backups is a pretty easy job as well. 

Staging sites

A staging environment is extremely crucial for testing different changes you can’t afford to do on your production site. 

Both Kinsta and DreamHost offer an effortless one-click staging on all plans. Using this feature, you can create a copy of your production site with just a single click, test the various changes, and easily push the desired changes to your live site.

Security

Kinsta has robust security with the most advanced security features such as resource isolation, DDoS protection, and Hardware Firewalls. and Google's high-security network. 

DreamHost has maintained pretty reliable security so far as well. If we look into the various security features of DreamHost, they are perfect, and it comprises malware remover, traffic encryption, Free Domain Privacy, HTTP/2, mod_security, and web application firewall for Nginx. 

Kinsta Vs. DreamHost Support

Kinsta has undoubtedly got one of the best support teams with the most proficient WordPress-trained executives, and the support team does a great job of assisting the customers through 24×7 live chat and email. 

DreamHost has an equally talented support team that has done a commendable job of helping the customers with their technical difficulties through live chat and tickets over the years.

Conclusion

I have presented you with the best comparison of the two services I could, and I am sure you now have a clear picture of both the services. DreamHost offers you much affordable pricing to start with. However, all its plans come with just one site support, and if you are looking forward to hosting multiple sites, the available plans will certainly not suffice your requirements. 

I found Kinsta performance better than that of DreamHost. Another big downside with DreamHost is that, unlike Kinsta, it has just one server location. To me, Kinsta is the clear winner. 

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