A2 Hosting vs DreamPress (Sept 2018)

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A2 Hosting and DreamHost are two established and proven web hosting companies offering many types of services including Shared and VPS hosting. While each host has made WordPress a priority with their shared hosting plans, they now both have their own managed WordPress hosting packages. In this comparison, we take a look at how A2 Hosting’s Managed WordPress fares against DreamHost’s DreamPress Optimized WordPress hosting.

A2 Hosting vs DreamPress Details

The Winner

CategoryA2 Hostinga2-hostingDreamPressDreamPressComments
SetupWinner  
Control PanelWinner Plesk
Data CentersWinner 
Website SpeedWinner  
Security FeaturesWinner A2 Hosting provides Free SSL and Perpetual Proactive Security.
Data Backup and RestoreWinner With A2 Hosting you get Dropbox data backup.
Automatic UpdatesWinner  
ServersWinner  
Network WinnerDreamPress provides Cloud Platform
WordPress DevelopmentWinner With A2 Hosting you get WordPress Toolkit for managing Multiple Websites.
SSLWinnerWinnerTie. Both provide free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates.
Hosting FeaturesWinner With A2 Hosting you get Unlimited Email and Plesk Functionality.
Resources WinnerDreamPress utilizes Resource Scaling.
StagingWinner A2 provides Website Staging through Plesk.
Customer Support Winner 
Money Back GuaranteeWinner A2 Hosting offers their Anytime Money Back Guarantee.
Price/ValueWinner  

Website Staging

In its initial releases, DreamPress did not include any type of website staging. Since they have now expanded their lineup to include higher level plans, you can perform staging with their Advanced plan. However, you actually have to use one of your allotted 3 websites to use as your staging site—which we definitely think is not right. Also, the staging process in DreamPress isn’t as streamlined as we’d like. By contrast, with A2 Hosting’s managed WordPress, you get staging with all of their plans. The website staging is done through Plesk, which also is somewhat tedious. But because it’s at least available at all levels, we give A2 Hosting the advantage in this category.

Data Backup and Restore

One of the issues with DreamPress in the past is that it did not include automated data backups. Now, with their Plus and Advanced plans, you do get VaultPress offsite backups. With A2 Hosting, you are provided with Dropbox data backups. However, you have to create a Dropbox account before you can use the service. In this category, neither host provides an ideal solution for data backup and restore. We give A2 a slight edge for again being available on even the single site plan.

Customer Support

A2 Hosting typically provides much faster customer support response times than DreamHost. And when it comes to A2’s managed WordPress hosting and DreamPress, the results are basically the same. However, when it comes to issue resolution, DreamPress was a bit quicker. Also, with the new upper levels of DreamPress, you do get concierge phone support–which is nice. We’ll give DreamPress a slight advantage in this category, but after A2 Hosting’s managed WordPress has been around a while and the support staff becomes more familiar with the packages, things could change.

a2-hosting
A2 Hosting
Plans:

  • 1 Site ($12.97 mo.)
    1 Website/10GB Storage
  • 3 Sites ($19.48 mo.)
    3 Websites/25GB Storage
  • Unlimited ($37.97 mo.)
    Unlimited Websites/40GB Storage

Data Center: Michigan, USA
Free Domain?: No
Money Back Guarantee: Anytime

Advantages of A2 Hosting

  • Faster Turbo Servers provided on every plan.
  • Includes Email Accounts
  • WordPress LiteSpeed Cache
  • WordPress Toolkit for managing Multiple Websites
  • No Restrictions on Plugins
  • Anytime Money Back Guarantee

Click Here for More Details on A2 Hosting Managed WordPress


DreamPress
DreamPress
Plans:

  • Basic ($16.95 mo.)
    1 Website/5GB Storage
  • Plus ($24.95 mo.)
    1 Website/10GB Storage
  • Advanced ($35.95 mo.)
    3 Websites/15GB Storage

Data Centers: N/A (Los Angeles, CA and Ashburn, VA)
Free Domain?: No
Money Back Guarantee: 30 Days

Advantages of DreamPress

  • Cloud Platform
  • Resource Scaling for Traffic Spikes
  • VaultPress Offsite Backups (Not Included with Basic Plan)
  • Daily Malware Scanning and Repair (Not Included with Basic Plan)
  • Premium WordPress Themes (Not Included with Basic Plan)
  • Concierge Phone Support (Not Included with Basic Plan)

Click Here for More Details on DreamPress

Recommendation

While DreamPress has definitely improved since we last reviewed the product, it still doesn’t provide the managed services we would expect at this level. With DreamPress, the cost is also somewhat higher than we would hope given the 1 to 3 website limits. Although A2 Hosting’s managed WordPress hasn’t been around that long, and there are some improvements we’d like to see in the future, in this comparison we would recommend A2’s managed WordPress hosting. See our review ratings for A2’s Managed WordPress Hosting below.

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