SiteGround vs DreamHost (Feb 2018) – “Here’s the Bottom Line …”



SiteGround and DreamHost both offer many different types of web hosting plans. This particular comparison will look at each of their Shared Hosting plans. To see how their managed WordPress hosting plans compare, see our previous article here. I have personal experience as a customer of both SiteGround and DreamHost, so I know first-hand exactly what you get with both of these web hosts.

SiteGround lets you select from three different levels of shared hosting, whereas DreamHost has one shared hosting plan. The features from both web hosts are impressive and certainly suitable for most websites. We do like that SiteGround gives you the option to choose a cheaper plan or one that costs more but is loaded with premium features.

SiteGround vs DreamHost Details

The Winner

Category SiteGroundSiteGround DreamHostDreamHost Comments
Data Centers Winner   SiteGround has 5 data centers on 3 different continents.
Server Hardware Winner   NGINX Server Technology with Solid State Drives (SSDs)
Network Winner   High Availability Network with Redundant Electrical Systems
Account Sign Up/Provision Winner   3 Clicks to Setup a New Website
Control Panel Winner   SiteGround’s account interface provides access to cPanel.
Speed and Performance Winner   99.99% Uptime
Security Winner   With SiteGround you get Pro Active Server Monitoring, Anti Bot AI, and Free Let’s Encrypt SSL.
Data Backup Winner   SiteGround Provides Automatic Daily Backup and 30 Copies Available for Restore
Developer Tools Winner   Currently supporting PHP 7.2
WordPress Winner   SiteGround provides managed hosting features including automatic updates, data backup, and SuperCacher for added speed.
Website Applications Winner   SiteGround provides 400+ applications via cPanel
Customer Support Response Time Winner    
Customer Support Issue Resolution Winner    
Money Back Guarantee   Winner DreamHost offers a 97 Day Money Back Guarantee.
Price/Value Winner   $3.95 – $14.95 mo.

SiteGround comes out ahead in a number of key categories. I’ve had better website and email speed/performance there as opposed to DreamHost. Customer support response time has also been faster at SiteGround. And, we like that SiteGround provides cPanel as your control panel interface. DreamHost by contrast has their own text based control panel, which isn’t as intuitive to use.

DreamHost does have some advantages of its own, including unlimited storage and a 97 day money back guarantee. However, when comparing shared hosting from SiteGround and DreamHost, the advantage goes to the former.


Started Business: 2004
BBB Rating: A
Data Center Location: Chicago IL, Amsterdam NL, Singapore SG, London UK

Price: $3.95 mo. – $14.95 mo.
Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes
Unlimited Storage: No (10GB – 30 GB)
Unlimited Email: Yes
Host Multiple Domains: Yes (except StartUp plan)

Hosting Interface: cPanel
Server Uptime: 99.9%
Full Refund Period: 30 Days
Dedicated Hosting Available: Yes

Free Extras:
CloudFlare CDN
Free backup and restore (except with StartUp plan)
Free Let’s Encrypt SSL

Advantages of Choosing SiteGround:

  • Free website transfer.
  • Servers on three continents.
  • Content delivery network included.
  • Managed WordPress and Joomla services available.
  • In-House SuperCacher service included.
  • cPanel and Softaculous interfaces.
  • They offer phone, email, and chat support.
  • Fast and responsive live chat support.

Click here to see more details on SiteGround


Started Business: 1997
BBB Rating: D-
Data Center Location: Irvine, CA and Ashburn, VA

Price: $8.95 mo.
Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes
Unlimited Storage: Yes
Unlimited Email: Yes
Host Multiple Domains: Yes

Hosting Interface: Dreamhost Control Panel
Server Uptime: 100%
Full Refund Period: 97 Days
Dedicated Hosting Available: Yes

Free Extras:
Free Domain
$100 Google Adwords Credit

Advantages of Choosing Dreamhost:

  • 97 Day Money Back Guarantee Period.
  • Unlimited Domain Hosting.
  • 100% Uptime Guarantee.

Click here for more details on Dreamhost


For most websites, in this comparison we would recommend SiteGround. See our SiteGround review ratings below: