Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of DreamHost. I received account credit in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend products and services I feel would be good for my readers. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.
When you have a self-hosted website who you are hosting with is very important. Not all hosts are created equal, though. You may or may not remember when I switched hosts a few months ago. The fact of the matter was I was doing everything I could to improve the load time of my site, but it just wasn’t “enough.” So, I did a search for wordpress hosting and got the advice of someone more experienced with hosting than I am and made the switch to DreamHost. I noticed an increase in my load time almost immediately! I have to admit, I honestly didn’t expect there to be such a noticeable difference. With the exception of a major power outage a couple of months ago I haven’t had downtime like I did with my former host. With any host there will be some down time because things do happen, but it’s definitely important to find a host that has less downtime and (this is very important) great customer service. If you can’t rely on their customer service, you will experience a lot of frustration. If you are like me, your website is your business, and you can’t afford down time. If there is down time for any reason, I need to be able to get it resolved as quickly as possible!
One thing that is respectable is that DreamHost is committed to customer satisfaction. Every account is backed by a 97-day money-back guarantee. They also offer a 2-week trial so you can see if DreamHost is right for you, too! Overall, I’ve been really impressed by the difference in my site speed, not having to deal with constant down time, and having quick answers when I do need them (which has only been that one time!). Plus, DreamHost has been recommended by WordPress.org and a WordPress partner since 2005.