DreamHost vs. InMotion Hosting

DreamHost vs. InMotion. We all have tons of things to accomplish every day, and the last thing we need is to halfheartedly select a problematic web host that will make our work harder.

InMotion, one of the few existing independent employee-owned web hosts with great customer service. DreamHost, one of the only 3 WordPress certified web hosts. Both web hosts offer similar services. They both offer shared hosting and they provide great hosting services for WordPress, VPS, cloud, and dedicated users.

Like in every situation, if you dig a little deeper, there are things that a web host offers and the other does not. DreamHost is known for its great track record, as well as a money-back guarantee. This shows that the company cares about its customers and it trusts the services it offers like Ferrari trusts its cars, but InMotion wins in customer service, interface, security, all of which are important categories.

DreamHost vs. InMotion: A Complete Overview

It’s safe to say that InMotion has been around for a lot of time, but when viewed in relation to DreamHost, not long enough.

DreamHost was one of the forerunners of web hosting service providers. Established as far back as 1997, a whole 4 years before InMotion, there is a high chance you have seen the name somewhere on the internet. DreamHost is owned by Dallas Bethune, Josh Jones, Michael Rodriguez, and Sage Weil. They all attended Murd College, California where the company had its first datacenter. They have their second datacenters in Virginia Beach and they also have offices in Brea.

InMotion made a virtual splash when it made its way into the web hosting community in 2001. They quickly became accepted in the hosting community due to their cutting edge hardware, as well as their up to date software technology and they have been in motion since then. They have a customer base of over 300,000 domains, meeting the needs of Linux and Unix users alike.

DreamHost, on the other hand, offers web hosting services for 1.5 million websites, not bad for a website founded by college students. InMotion is hailed as one of the best web hosts optimized for WordPress services but DreamHost is one of the three web hosts officially certified by WordPress (along with BlueHost and SiteGround).

Popularity Comparison

Popularity is not a metric for a suitable host.

That being said, InMotion or DreamHost, which is more popular?

DreamHost definitely has the numbers considering the amount of the websites they host: 1.5 million+. InMotion also hosts hundreds of thousands of customers, and they host over 300,000 domains, but they can’t compete with DreamHost in the popularity contest (find more information about InMotion Hosting COmpany in our detailed InMotion Review).

DreamHost serves over 400,000 customers in 100 plus countries, not to mention the fact that they are promoted by WordPress, which has 6 million users worldwide. Both InMotion and DreamHost target the same type of customers: bloggers, website owners, and developers as well as medium-sized companies and businesses.

We told you that popularity has no say in determining the best web host, so what does? We are glad you asked.

Performance Test

Abraham Lincoln is often considered to be the United States best president, even though George Washington came before him. Both of them were exceptional presidents, but one was better, if slightly. What little difference they have is based on their performances.

DreamHost and InMotion, how does each hold up when tested for speed and uptime consistency? We know which performs better, it’s time for you to also find out. We bought shared hosting plans for each web host and tested them for speed and uptime. We used shared hosting plans because it’s the basic plan. And the performance of a web host in the basic plan will determine how it will serve its bigger customers in bigger plans like VPS and dedicated hosting.

Speed

Slow and steady wins the race, yeah right, build your website with that in mind. Or worse?  Choose your web host with that in mind. For the speed test, we set up two dummy similar dummy websites to test the web hosts for pure speed, speed from around the world, speed under heavy traffic, as well as response time or TTFB (Time to first byte).

Pingdom

Almost every new technology today or improvement in technology finds new ways to optimize for speed. Gaming companies are building consoles that will have zero loading time, why should web hosts lag behind? We tested both DreamHost and InMotion for their best speed, and the results are in:

From our test, InMotion has an average load time of 975ms. Although this is dangerously close to 1 second, it is still acceptable. It may not make the top of our fastest web host list, but it gets the job done. Most popular web hosts are usually accused of riding on past glory. This is why we were not sure what to expect when we tested DreamHost for speed, but we got a pleasant surprise.

DreamHost posted a load speed of 744ms.  It must be noted that this may not be super fast, but it’s faster than a lot of web hosts and definitely faster than InMotion. We ran the test multiple times to double-check, and every time, DreamHost snagged the speed rivalry. If there was any doubt that DreamHost was faster than InMotion, that should clear the air.

Although pure speed test is all well and good, that is not all there is to speed. This brings us to our next speed test:

TTFB (Time to First Byte)

Two dummy websites, two web hosts, 10 locations, you know how we do this. We decided to test both web hosts for response time, but not just that, response time from different parts of the world.

We knew from the onset that both web hosts don’t have many datacenters, in fact, they don’t have data centers outside of California and Virginia, USA. But DreamHost partnered with CloudFlare CDN, giving them access to about 154 of CloudFlare’s servers. This is supposed to give DreamHost an advantage in intercontinental tests, but did it?  Why don’t you find out below:

LocationInMotion ResultDreamHost Result
New York389ms228ms
Sydney441ms355ms
Los Angeles294ms285ms
London550ms429ms
Singapore684ms431ms
Amsterdam599ms391ms
Vancouver537ms307ms
Chicago584ms465ms
Oregon250m241ms
Virginia209ms211ms

Well, it seems like it pays to be in business with CloudFlare, or at least this test shows that.

DreamHost is ahead of InMotion in terms of response time across all of the locations where we conducted our test. Even in Virginia and California, the only two places where both web hosts have servers, DreamHost still edged out InMotion.

DreamHost has proven to be faster than InMotion in both response time and page load, but the world’s fastest creatures aren’t judged by how quick they were to take their first step or how they run in their home town. Everyone wants to know how you can perform under pressure and the world’s watchful eyes. Shall we?

Load impact

We sent 10 virtual users at a time to the dummy sites that we hosted on both web hosts. We increase the number of virtual users by adding 10 at a time. Below is how each web host performed from 10 virtual users to 100.

We noticed that both web hosts were consistent at the beginning. Although, we saw some spikes in our readings as the load increases and it looked like they were going to crash under heavyweight, but luckily, that didn’t happen.

They picked up, sped up and slowed down at intervals, but the good news is, none of them went below 4 seconds at the traffic of 100 users. They are not the best we have seen, they can definitely perform better, but they are also not the worst we have seen. More in-depth stats about DreamHost and how they perform under pressure you can find in our detailed DreamHost Review.

DreamHost vs. InMotion Datacenters and Locations

As we stated earlier, both web hosts only have very few datacenters. This is quite bad in a world where most web hosts have an average of 5 data centers, and some even have as much as 12 datacenters (DigitalOcean). It just looks like they are not bringing their A-game.

It should be noted though, that DreamHost made a smart choice by partnering with Cloudflare CDN. That way, they have access to the 150+ data centers owned by Cloudflare worldwide. Say anything you want about DreamHost, but it looks like they have a better business decision-making process. If this is a sign of things to come, it does not look very well for InMotion.

Speed Optimization Accessories

Just in case you thought; what was InMotion doing not building their own  CDN or partnering with CDN projects to secure server locations, we would like to inform you that CDN is not the only way to gain breakneck speed.

Executives at InMotion probably figured that they do not require CDN since they have the in-house Max Speed Zones to give you a boost in performance. This is also a CDN of some sort (we won’t bother you with technical mumbo-jumbo) that ensures great browsing speed.

Both web hosts give out SSL certificates like freebies and they also host your website on SSDs servers. InMotion has the PHP7.x, for increased WordPress site speed. Their cPanel also allows you to optimize the caching system to give your site the needed advantage in terms of speed.

Uptime Comparison

It is said that there is no right or wrong, there is only what a man can accept and what he cannot. If this is true, well, 99% of web owners or website developers cannot accept their website being in downtime.  It rests on the shoulders of web hosts to make sure the websites are not. We tested both websites for Uptime for 12 months, and we analyzed the results for you below:

2018 Uptime for Each Month

MonthInMotion UptimeDreamHost Uptime
August100%100%
September81.79%99.4%
October100%100%
November99.96%100%
December100%100%

2019 Uptime for Each Month

MonthInMotion UptimeDreamHost Uptime
January99.98%99.98%
February100%100%
March99.96%100%
April100%100%
May99.96%100%
June99.98%99.96%
July100%99.99%

DreamHost has more months with 100 uptime than InMotion, but it isn’t all bleak for InMotion. Apart from the disastrous 81.79% downtime for InMotion that must have been a once in a century event, it posed strong numbers for the other months. DreamHost better overall uptime with an average of 99.96%, beating InMotion’s average: 99.95% (we did not account September in our calculation since we believe it was an abnormality).

DreamHost has a great uptime guarantee. For every hour of downtime, you get a day of free hosting. InMotion also assures you a 99.9% uptime guarantee with refunds, if they fail to deliver. You can check for yourself whether they meet their 99.9% uptime guarantee.

They have a status page at status.inmotionhosting.com which shows their real-time network and server status. We reckon they would have had to pay a lot of users in September 2018. The uptime guarantees do not involve scheduled maintenance and error caused by the customer.

Extra features for uptime

Both web hosts claim to have a 24/7/365 team that monitors their datacenters and subsequently intervene when anything goes wrong. They also claim to build their servers from industry-standard hardware that ensures durability and overheating. InMotion and SiteGround are some of the few hosts that specify to their customers in-depth information about how their servers are built and managed.

Security

In the world of web hosting, some companies believe their only job is to host you. They don’t want to be liable for the security of your websites. DreamHost and InMotion, which web host takes your subscription and business seriously by keeping your websites secure for free? And which hands over the hosting to you, and expects you to run around looking for lock and key all on your own?

InMotion partnered with SUCURI.net to bring your SUCURI security for your WordPress websites. In addition, there is added security through cPanel. They also require all their new users to be verified by phone, this may slow down your sign up process, but it protects your account from being hacked.  Is it necessary?  Maybe it isn’t worth it. We can only hope it is.

DreamHost has an added security advantage in its web builder: Remixer which creates secure, static pages. They also adopt the multi-factor authentication and auto-enabled sFTP. They also have an in-house malware tool called DreamShield. DreamShield scans your website for malware and gets rid of them.

DreamHost protects your email, using anti-spam protection and free WHOIS privacy for your domain. This seems like a good thing on the surface, but the fact that it is a paid service and works on one account at a time. This makes us doubt their customer loyalty. If you own several websites you will have to pay separately for DreamShield to be enabled on each one.

DreamHost offers you what looks like an olive branch, only to cut it and flog users with it for all their pennies. InMotion, on the other hand, has an in-house security feature called Patchman which looks for weaknesses in your system and “patches” them up before it’s too late. You can also use external security with InMotion; McAfee, to protect your email account at $1.39 monthly.

Firewall protection

The control that DreamHost bestows on its users allows users to access, edit and lock their .htaccess file in order to gain the complete control of their site access. You do have to wonder if any of these security measures are worth much.  Why?  Because in 2017, Dreamhost suffered a massive DDoS attack that affected a lot of the websites hosted on them. If DreamHost can not take this basic security step, why should we take their so-called security seriously?

InMotion has the TDS Smartwall Threat Defense System through its collaboration with the Corero network. This provides all the firewall defense you will need, as it finds, stops and eliminates DDOS threats. Attacks are blocked in real-time while maintaining a strict non-interference policy with your customer traffic. Talking of collaboration, DreamHost’s partnership with CloudFlare works in two ways. Apart from the fact that it boosts their server speed, it also provides an additional layer of security.

DreamHost vs. InMotion: Backups and restores

InMotion also offers free and automatic data backup. You never have to worry about backing up your content because their system has your back (up to 10GB), but you can only restore your data once in four months. What happens if you want to restore before then? Well, you certainly have to pay a token or you should be good at pleading.

DreamHost offers periodic backups, backups that stretch two weeks back in time. Their backup is also not guaranteed. If you request, they may either give you or not, depending on their mood that day.  Even at that, you only have the option to get three backups; the newest, oldest and mid-range backups. You cannot choose restoration dates. They, however, provide daily backup for their WordPress hosting.

Ease of Use: InMotion, an ally of Beginners

Sign-up process

Is it easy to set up an account and get started?

You should already know the answer to this, but I’ll tell you this, both web hosts try their best to make the sign up and subsequent setup easy and stress-free. But one does it better…slightly.

InMotion’s one-time setup is only slightly slower than that of DreamHost, and this is due to the phone confirmation, which we argue is for your security benefit. They may even require you to present your ID card, especially users outside the US.

Once you pass the confirmation stage though, it’s smooth sailing from there, much like DreamHost’s set up process. Both web hosts help you get set up with plugins and hundreds of themes that you can customize by yourself.

For InMotion, you can pay through check, credit card, and purchase order. DreamHost also accepts credit cards.

Free Domains

Do they offer a free domain to make life easier when registering to launch a website?

Both web hosts assign you your own portion of the internet real estate by providing a free domain, and DreamHost’s domain comes with WHOIS privacy for domain security. InMotion assists you to migrate your domain and website for free without any downtime.

It should be noted that they do not offer multisite migration. When you buy a domain name from DreamHost, in addition to WHOIS privacy, you also get autorenewals, unlimited subdomains, and complete control over your domain settings.

DreamHost vs. InMotion: User interface, dashboard, and control panel.

Dreamhost doesn’t offer cPanel. They have a text-based proprietary interface in place. InMotion, in contrast, adopts the industry-standard cPanel which makes use of a graphical-based system.

Dreamhost’s interface offers roughly the same things that other user interfaces like cPanel offer, and we don’t think it would make any difference to newbies. However, for people who are already used to cPanel or Plesk, it might take a bit of getting used to it.

Unfortunately, Dreamhost does not have an automatic way to import data from other hosts. That is, if you’re moving your website over from a cPanel or any other type of interface, you’ll have to transfer the files and databases manually. Whereas, you can transfer your data easily to InMotion if you are moving from a cPanel-based web host. InMotion’s cPanel does not have a separate login from the account login.

Migration

Dreamhost doesn’t offer free site migration. If you want them to migrate your site for you, you’ll have to pay a one time fee of $99 to move each site. There are some limitations to how the site transfers work too.

For example, if you have a multisite WordPress, it cannot be moved and transferred from WordPress.com. You will have to reinstall most of your plugins and set them up again as they won’t be moved as a whole. Basically, if you’re moving over from another web host to DreamHost, you will run into tons of problems.

DreamHost vs. InMotion: App integration, installations, and Marketplaces

Do they have a website builder than assists you in easily launching your website? What about channel? 1 click WordPress installs? Dreamhost offers the basics— marketplace, one-click installations, and so does InMotion, which has access to 400+ apps through its cPanel.

When it comes to website building, different web hosts have builders that handle this. SiteGround has Weebly and fortunately, InMotion and DreamHost have their answers too. InMotion uses the aforementioned BoldGrid site builder and cPanel softaculous, while DreamHost utilizes the Remixer.

Both of which are super effective, easy to use and come packed with tons of features.  Remixer allows you to select a theme for your website, as well as customize it. It is perfect for small websites, but it isn’t free as it costs $4.95 per month (basic). That’s not all. With Remixer, you can also customize personalized fonts, colors. It has filers and image editing options as well as easy WordPress exportation. They have two website builder plans.

InMotion’s BoldGrid also does everything that Remixer does but it is more suitable for WordPress.

Website Staging

DreamHost has introduced a new 1-click staging and InMotion allows you to use the BoldGrid website builder to stage.

DreamHost vs. InMotion: Customer support and reliability

It is said that web hosts either treat customer service as an investment or as a burden. InMotion or DreamHost, which of the two takes customer service important?

First Contact – Internet to InMotion: Success

A lot of people have complained about DreamHost and InMotion’s customer service skills and a lot of people have praised them, but we will rate them based on our own personal experience. It is a lot of work, but it is honest work.

InMotion has a smaller customer base compared to DreamHost, we believe this will allow them to cater more to their customers. We didn’t particularly have any problem with our websites, but we needed to do something with the rest of our sign-up fee, so we decided to check out their customer services.

It didn’t take long before we realized that InMotion allows customers to reach them through phone calls, chat, live support, and ticket system. DreamHost only provides Live support and chat system, and this would have been tolerable if their limited helpline responded super-fast.

When we contacted InMotion’s support through live chat, it took them a little under 10 minutes to respond. When they finally responded, they helped solve some of our “fake problems” and the guy on the other end seemed to know what he was doing. It was certainly not a robot or a prerecorded message.

InMotion does have a 24/7 support system, even if it lags by a few minutes. There is just no sugar coating it, DreamHost’s support is not as great as InMotion’s.

We understand that they give priority to people with bigger plans, but most of the people that will need their help are using the shared hosting plans that we bought. This is just not good enough. The support was slow to respond and even after we asked questions, he had to go AWOL for some minutes. We finally got a solution at least but a lot of time had passed.

Knowledgebase

Both web hosts have hundreds of tutorial videos and books. DreamHost’s Remixer gives you access to expert articles, and videos about website building. Both web hosts provide professional materials that help you find a solution to your hosting problems. Their websites are also very easy to understand.

Pricing

We will compare and contrast the pricing schemes and value for money for all the plans that both DreamHost and InMotion have to offer. We are starting with shared hosting.

Shared hosting

Shared hosting, the web hosting low budget housing plan. It is cheap, everyone struggles for space and resources, and web hosts are always looking for ways to take more of your money in exchange for the barest minimum value. Shared hosting is perfect for blogs, portfolios, personal/business sites, and database-driven sites.

InMotion hosting refers to their shared hosting plans as business plan and they have three basic hosting plans to show you they mean business. InMotion doesn’t allow you to pay per month, so you have to pay for a year or more in advance.

DreamHost’s Shared Web Hosting gives you a free domain name, fast SSD storage and email hosting for your website. All of InMotion’s shared hosting plans come with unlimited storage and bandwidth and are backed up by their generous 90-day money-back guarantee.

DreamHost only has two levels of shared hosting plans. It is cheaper than InMotion’s web hosting plans, and you will benefit greatly from signing up for the maximum number of years at once. In InMotion, business web hosting plans get a free domain registration or transfer, google ads credits, free site transfer, google apps integration, and BoldGrid website builder.

Basic plan

The first and cheapest plan of InMotion is called the launch plan and it goes for a whopping $6.39/month. The plan comes with free domain, two websites, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space, and free SSL.  It supports 2 websites, 2 MySQL databases, 6 parked domains, and 25 subdomains.

DreamHost’s Shared Starter: starting at $2.59 per month.

1 website, free domain included unlimited traffic, WordPress Pre-Installed, new WP website builder, fast SSD storage, and free SSL certificate. Add email as low as $1.67/mo, and you can sign up for 3 years, 1 Year & Monthly Plans.

InMotion LaunchDreamHost Starter
Free DomainYesNo
Websites21
StorageUnlimited50GB
Free SSLYesYes
Free EmailYesNo
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Price$6.39$2.59

Medium plan

The second plan, which is the power plan goes for $8.49/month and comes with six websites, unlimited disk space, email and bandwidth, free domain, free marketing tools, free security suite, and free SSL. It supports 50 MySQL databases, 26 parked domains, and 100 subdomains.

DreamHost does not have a medium-sized plan.

InMotion Power
Free DomainYes
Websites6
StorageUnlimited
Free SSLYes
Free EmailYes
BandwidthUnlimited
Price8.49

High-end plan

The most expensive of InMotion’s plans is the pro plan. It starts at $14.7 per month and comes with free domain, unlimited websites, disk space, bandwidth, and email. It packs four times the performance capacity of the power plan and gives you access to free marketing tools, a security suite, and an SSL certificate. This plan supports unlimited websites, unlimited MySQL databases, unlimited parked domains, and unlimited subdomains. Basically,  it is an unlimited plan, so you get the gist.

DreamHost has Shared Unlimited in this category, starting at $5.95/month: It offers unlimited websites, free domain included unlimited traffic, WordPress pre-installed, new WP website builder, fast SSD storage, free SSL certificate, unlimited email (@ your domain), you can sign up for 3 years, 1 Year & Monthly Plans.

InMotion PRODreamHost Unlimited
Free DomainYesYes
WebsitesUnlimitedUnlimited
StorageUnlimitedUnlimited
Free SSLYesYes
Free EmailYesYes
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Price$14.71$5.95

If DreamHost’s prices seem high, take solace in the fact that they are also renewal prices. I.e. where InMotion will draw you in with a cheap starter plan and then increase the price on renewal, DreamHost’s pricing is much more transparent. What you pay on entry is what you will continue to pay.

WordPress Hosting

DreamPress is the trademark name for DreamHost’s managed WordPress hosting. It’s scalable and it lets users manage their WordPress sites by providing automatic updates, caching, daily backups, and a content delivery network (CDN), starting at $16.95/month.

WordPress hosting is a big deal at InMotion. In fact, it’s probably the best thing that the company is best known for. Their WordPress comes pre-installed with NGINX and PHP 7, free SSL certificate and unlimited bandwidth, Optional automatic plugin, theme, and core updates, a free drag-and-drop WP page editor.

They also provide premium themes and plugin subscriptions, 90 days Money back guarantee and disk space of 40GB SSD – 120GB SSD depending on your plan. You get a free domain name for a year. DreamHost’s and InMotion’s multifaceted WordPress plans are compared below:

Tier 1 Plan ($6/month)

InMotion has WP-1000S from $5.89/month – for small blogs ($4.99 for a 3-year term). 40GB SSD and unlimited bandwidth,  DreamHost has no plan in this tier.

True 2 Plan ($11/month)

InMotion has WP-2000S from $10.99/month – for small businesses and blogging. DreamHost has no plan in this tier.

Tier 3 Plan ($15-$17/month)

InMotion has WP-3000S from $14.99/month – for developers and growing businesses.

In comparison, DreamHost’s smallest WordPress plan that fits in tier 3 is the DreamPress Basic: for simple websites or blogs. Built for 100k monthly visitors, it startsat $16.95/month

You get 30GB SSD Storage, unmetered bandwidth, 1-click staging, SSL certificate pre-installed, daily backups & 1-click restore, 24/7 WordPress Support, Jetpack free pre-installed and a WP website builder.

Tier 4 Plan ($25-$30/month)

InMotion has WP-4000S in tier 4 which starts from $29.99/month –  more resources, a free dedicated IP.

We can compare this to DreamPress Plus: for business or blog that is in its growth stage with around 300k monthly visitors. It starts at $24.95/month.

You get everything in DreamPress basic, but the SSD storage increases to 60GB and you also get unlimited CDN.

Tier 5 Plan ($60-$75/month)

InMotion has the WP-5000S, starting from $59.99/month – With its 120GB SSD and unlimited bandwidth, it has the capacity for more websites.

DreamPress Pro is DreamPress’s equivalent here. It has-capacity infrastructure and resources for full-fledged high-performance WordPress websites. Built for sites with 1 million-plus monthly visitors, it starts at $71.95/month.

You get everything in DreamPress basic, but the SSD storage increases to 120GB, and you also get unlimited CDN and DreamCare.

InMotion’s WordPress plans are very similar to their shared hosting plans, with just a few tweaks here and there.

Cloud and VPS Hosting

DreamHost has Virtual Private Servers plans which offer ultra-fast SSDs and flexibility with HTTP/2, Ubuntu, IPv6, Nginx, Node.js and more. InMotion’s VPS plans are enhanced by lightning-fast servers with root access, blazing-fast networking powered by open APIs through OpenStack.

DreamHost’s managed WordPress comes with security, and updates, they boast of unhindered performance with personal server resources, as well as fast a d convenient custom control panel. Users will also have access to unlimited bandwidth and resources, including RAM, SSD storage, email, SSL, unlimited domains. At InMotion, VPS hosting gets scheduled snapshots and resource monitoring and cPanel licenses.

Basic Plan Comparison ($10)

DreamHost’s VPS Basic for new and small websites costs $10.00/month. You get 1 GB Ram, 30GB SSD storage, unlimited websites, unlimited traffic, free SSL certificate(s), unlimited email (@your domain). InMotion has no $10 plan.

Medium Plan Comparison ($20+)

DreamHost’s medium VPS plan is the VPS Business, also suitable for small businesses. Starting at $20.00/month, you get 2 GB RAM, 60 GB SSD storage, unlimited websites, unlimited traffic, free SSL certificate(s), unlimited email (@ your domain).

InMotion’s answer to this is the VPS-1000HA-S at $24.99 per month. With this plan, you get 4GB of RAM and 75 GB of storage, along with 3 TB of bandwidth and 3 IP addresses.

Superior Plan Comparison ($40+)

DreamHost has two high-end plans, the VPS Professional and the VPS Enterprise. The robust VPS Professional goes for $40.00/month. With this, you get 4 GB Ram, 120 GB SSD Storage, unlimited websites, unlimited traffic, free SSL certificate(s), unlimited email @ your domain.

InMotion has the VPS-2000HA-S for medium-level customers.  It costs $39.99 per month.

High-End Plan Comparison ($60+)

DreamHost’s VPS Enterprise is for sites that require a high level of resources. Starting at $80.00/month. 8GB Ram, 240 GB SSD storage, unlimited websites, unlimited traffic, free SSL certificate(s), unlimited email @ your domain.

The VPS-3000HA-S steps forward as InMotion’s entry in the high-end category, and it does not disappoint. At $59.99 per month, you are in for maximum flex. You get 8GB of RAM and 260 GB of storage, along with 6 TB of bandwidth and 5 IP addresses. It is safe to say that their high-end plan is a better value for money at that price when compared with that of DreamHost.

Perspectives, extras, and value for money

DreamHost also has unmanaged VPS plans and all of their VPS hosting plans, as premium solutions, is available as an add-on to an existing DreamHost plan, but also as a standalone service. DreamHost’s VPS uses Linux-VServer to create a “virtual machine.” This protects a user’s resources from others on the same physical machine.

InMotion’s plans are a tad more expensive than those of other hosting companies, but this is not just another greedy approach to rid you of your hard-earned money. If you compare their plans to other VPS plans especially DreamHost’s, you notice that InMotion has more bang for your buck, more value for the money paid.

Dedicated Server Hosting

DreamHost’s dedicated hosting grants root access and provides fast web servers to run your applications, as well as a 100% Uptime Guarantee. But then again, so does InMotion’s dedicated server hosting.

DreamHost fully managed Dedicated Hosting Plans:

PlanCoresRAMStorageMonthly Price
Standard 4Intel Xeon 4-Core 8-Thread4 GB1 TB HDD$149
Standard 8Intel Xeon 4-Core 8-Thread8 GB1 TB HDD$189
Standard 16Intel Xeon 4-Core 8-Thread16 GB1 TB HDD$229
Enhanced 16Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread16 GB2 TB HDD$279
Enhanced 32Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread32 GB2 TB HDD$329
Enhanced 64Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread64 GB2 TB HDD$379
Enhanced SSD 16Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread16 GB240 GB SSD$279
Enhanced SSD 32Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread32 GB240 GB SSD$329
Enhanced SSD 64Intel Xeon 12-Core 24-Thread64 GB240 GB SSD$379

InMotion’s Dedicated server hosting plans:

EssentialAdvancedEliteCC-500
RAM Included8GB DDR3 ECC16GB DDR4 ECC32GB DDR4 ECC16GB DDR3 Reg. ECC
CPU Cache8MB8MB8MB15MB
Cores / Threads4C / 4T4C / 8T4C / 8T6C / 12T
Clock Speed3.5GHz4.2GHz4.2GHz2.7GHz
Monthly Premium Transfer6TB10TB10TB15TB
FREE Launch Assist2 Hours2 Hours2 Hours4 Hours
Dedicated IP Addresses5101515
Price$105.69/mo$166.59/mo$238.99/mo$340.99/mo

Website Builder

DreamHost has two Website builder hosting plans, each with its own features. The pricing is transparent, with a 97-day money-back guarantee.

  • Remixer Standard: Starting at $4.95/month: Offers Remixer Builder, unlimited websites, unlimited pages, Mobile-Friendly pages, free domain included, 24/7 Live Support.
  • Remixer All Access: Starting at $7.95/month: It contains everything in the standard plan plus email: email accounts, and mail forwarding.

InMotion allows you to use the BoldGrid website builder for free, and there is hardly a task that Remixer accomplishes that BoldGrid does not.

Scalability

When setting up a web host, much like when building a business venture, you are always advised to start small. This is because you can upgrade anytime, but downgrading is usually not possible, and even when it’s possible, it’s hard.

This is why we compare how scalable each web host is, so we know if you have room to grow, as you get bigger. Both web hosts are highly scalable. Their shared plans consist of a basic plan that has resources that shift into unlimited when you upgrade to high-end plans.

Extra Features for DreamHost:

  • CloudFlare CDN
  • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL
  • Free Domain with WhoIs Privacy
  • US Based 24/7 Support
  • Free SSL Certificate
  • Uptime Guarantee.
  • 24/7 support.
  • Passion for privacy.
  • Employee Owned.

Extra Features for InMotion:

  • FAST Web Hosting with FREE SSDs.
  • FREE SSL Certificate.
  • FREE 1-click installer.
  • FREE cPanel for easy server management
  • FREE domain to get you started.
  • InMotion will pre-install WordPress, Joomla, or PrestaShop.
  • InMotion will pre-install WordPress for you. You also get the BoldGrid WordPress website builder.
  • InMotion provides 400+ applications via cPanel as well as BoldGrid.
  • $75 – $100 Google Adwords Credit. $250 Total (Google, Bing, Yahoo).
  • Solid State Drives (SSDs).
  • Free data restore once every four months.
  • Free Website Transfers.
  • Safe Application Rollback.
  • 90-day money-back guarantee.
  • InMotion has green data centers in a bid to protect the environment. They also host environmental initiatives.
  • InMotion is a large sponsor of WordCamps and open-source software core development. They sponsor Joomla camps.

Major Differences between InMotion and DreamHost

  • InMotion account activation is slow, while that of DreamHost is fast.
  • DreamHost has slightly better speed and uptime.
  • InMotion has better customer support.
  • Even though DreamHost shakes hands with WordPress, InMotion is the better WordPress, hosting provider.
  • InMotion has a high 90-days money-back guarantee, DreamHost has 97 (perhaps the industry’s highest).
  • Both web hosts have Hidden Fees and Clauses: There’s a limit of 50,000 files per account for InMotion users.

DreamHost vs. InMotion: Our Pick

Both web hosts have closely related strengths, they both have website builders, great all-round hosting plans and lots of features. They also pose similar speed and uptime numbers.

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As a programmer and a geek, Scott always had a passion for servers. This passion has eventually led him to a deep dive into the hosting world for the past few years. Now he shares all the accumulated knowledge with all of our readers through detailed reviews, comparisons, and guides. His only purpose is to help users make the right choice for their websites, with no exceptions.
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