How to start a blog with DreamHost

DreamHost

$4.99
8.4

RELIABILITY

10.0/10

PRICING

6.0/10

USER FRIENDLY

10.0/10

SUPPORT

6.0/10

FEATURES

10.0/10

Pros

  • Automatic WordPress installation
  • Fast loading times
  • A beautiful cPanel
  • One click SSL installation
  • No need of customer support to install your WordPress blog

Cons

  • You only get a discount if you pay one year in advance
  • Unnecessary plugins in your blog
  • No human 24/7 customer support

If you want to learn how to start a blog, you are in the right place. I will show you how to start a blog with DreamHost using some simple steps.

Let me be clear with you, I still like having a blog in the Cloud but I know that you might prefer to start your blog with a more affordable hosting solution.

Giving you another affordable option is the reason for this post. DreamHost can give you a good hosting solution for just $4.99.

You can find my first review about a good cheap hosting solution in this post: HostNoc Review. A great value for your money.

Let’s Begin with the DreamHost Review

I like DreamHost because they offer WordPress hosting for the price of $2.59 per month. For me, that is cheap.

dreamhost web page

But the price for a .com domain name is not cheap.

DreamHost Solutions

DreamHost offers a variety of solutions that will be helpful for you, but in this post I am going to write only about WordPress hosting.

dreamhost hosting solutions

Customer Support

It is my opinion that the customer support must be good and available 24/7. You never know when an accident may happen.

DreamHost says that they have 24/7 expert support, but it is not human support 24/7.

chat bot support dreamhost

DreamHost has a chatbot support 24/7 and real customer support only if you are a client. At least, that is what I understand.

DreamHost Prices

These are the monthly WordPress hosting plans. Like every other hosting company, if you want the cheapest basic plan, the $2.95 per month, you have to pay 3 years upfront.

dreamhost wordpress hosting plans

But if you want to pay monthly and not be tied to it, then the most basic WordPress hosting plan is $4.95.

The WordPress basic hosting plans have two options:

dreamhost wordpress pricing

In this post about how to start a blog with DreamHost, I am going to open an account with the WordPress starter option.

The major differences between these two options are:

  • The number of websites/blogs you can have.
  • Emails

If you are just beginning in the blogging world, you can start with the WordPress starter plan.

In case you need emails, you can open an account in G Suite – for me that is the best solution.

DreamHost offers a free domain name but only if you pay one year in advance.

Step by step, how to start a blog with DreamHost

1)   Pick a plan

For this review, I will choose the WordPress starter plan. For that, I will click on Sign Up Now and this window will appear.

choose a domain dreamhost

2)   Choose a domain name

My recommendation for you is to go to the best place to buy a cheap domain name, Namecheap, and buy your domain name there.

Here I am going to use my domain name for testing.

dreamhost choose a domain

3)   Checkout

In the checkout part, uncheck DreamShield Protection and DreamHost Email; you won’t need those add-ons.

dreamhost checkout

After that just click on Submit Order.

dreamhost submit order

And you will have your hosting in DreamHost.

dreamhost order completed

4)   Linking your domain name in Namecheap with DreamHost

The best part is when you are in your cPanel, the WordPress installation happens immediately. You don’t have to worry about it.

dreamhost install wordpress

So now I will show you how to link your domain name in Namecheap, the best place to buy a cheap domain name, with DreamHost.

DreamHost will send an email with this data:

dns dreamhost namecheap

With that information you can go to your domain name in Namecheap, you must do this configuration:

dreamhost namecheap configuration

In NAMESERVERS,select Custom DNS and just copy and paste the information DreamHost sent you. That is all.

5)   Your blog on DreamHost is ready

After just one hour of waiting, your blog on DreamHost is ready

dreamhost wordpress blog ready

That is how to start a blog with DreamHost.

Now I will show you how to set up your blog.

The Setup of your blog in DreamHost

Enter into your WordPress blog

For you, to enter your blog in DreamHost for the first time, you must first Log in to WordPress and click on Open WordPress Editor.

dreamhost enter your blog for the first time

Then you will see Boldgrid Inspirations. That is a plugin that comes with your hosting.

boldgrid inspirations

To avoid the plugin and to have a clear installation there is a solution. You see that after Boldgrid Inspirations, there is a warning. In the warning click on Yes, take me to my profile page.

And you will see this:

dreamhost wordpress generate password

To generate a new password, you can do it on Account Management.

Delete unnecessary plugins

What I didn’t like about DreamHost hosting is the unnecessary plugins you find.

dreamhost unnecesary plugins

My recommendation is to delete all the unnecessary plugins and only keep: WP Super Cache. That plugin will help you with the loading speed of your blog.

Activate the SSL Certificate

This is an important step, because your new blog needs to be secure for your readers.

First, click on Domain and find: SSL/TLS Certificates

dreamhost ssl setup

And then you will find this window:

dreamhost ssl certificate step 1

You just have to click Add to see this window:

dreamhost ssl certificate step 2

Select the Free Certificate, you don’t need more.

Once you have selected the Free SSL Certificate, you will see this:

dreamhost ssl certificate step 3

For almost 15 minutes you won’t see your blog, that is normal so don’t worry about that.

Once the SSL Certificate is ready, you will see this:

dreamhost ssl certificate step 4

Your blog in DreamHost is ready!

And that is all about how to start a blog with DreamHost.

Now let’s test the DreamHost hosting

DreamHost is a popular shared hosting platform for new beginner bloggers that look for affordable prices.

I am going to run a speed test in GTMetrix.

The first test is with no post in the blog, just the brand new blog:

dreamhost gtmetrix test 1

The loading speed is good, less than one second.

Now let’s put some content on the blog to see if there is a change.

And here is the result:

dreamhost gtmetrix test 2

Same loading time. That is good.

I see that for $4.95 per month you can have a good loading speed and an optimized hosting.

DreamHost´s Hosting Pros and Cons

After opening an account in DreamHost and testing the hosting, let me tell you my pros and cons:

Pros

Automatic WordPress installation

Fast loading times

A beautiful cPanel

One click SSL installation

No need of customer support to install your WordPress blog

Cons

You only get a discount if you pay one year in advance

Unnecessary plugins in your blog

No human 24/7 customer support

Conclusions

DreamHost´s basic shared hosting plan is an excellent solution for new bloggers. For $4.95 you get an optimized hosting that will get you a fast loading speed for your blog.

I like the automatic WordPress installation – that was a pleasant surprise.

One excellent feature is the one click SSL installation. Trust me, this feature is not offered in all hosting companies.

But I don’t like that you can only get a discount if you pay one year in advance. For me this is bad.

I don’t understand why DreamHost gives unnecessary plugins in a brand new blog. For me, this was a bad user experience.

But all in all, opening an account in DreamHost was an enjoyable experience that I can recommend to you if you are looking for a good and almost cheap option to start your blogging journey.

DreamHost proved to be a good option for a beginner blogger.

That is all in this post about how to start a blog with DreamHost.

If you want to know how to start a blog in the cloud, please read this post: How to start a blog: A great and practical beginner’s guide.