ASPHostPortal VS DreamHost – Shared Web Hosting Comparison
ASPHostPortal and DreamHost are two famous web hosting companies in the industry. Both of them offer the reliable shared web hosting with the high exposure in communities. Therefore, many customers have no idea how to choose the most suited one among them. In below, we would like to clarify the edges and limitations of the two web hosts so as to help webmasters narrow down their choices and make the wise decision.
ASPHostPortal has been in the shared web hosting industry for more than 8 years, serving millions users worldwide. It utilizes the latest advanced technologies to ensure website uptime and speed, such as dual quad performance servers, first-class datacenter, Resource Protection, CPU and I/O Segregation technology, etc. Besides, the company offers a group of professional technical support staffs who are 24/7/365 accessibility.
DreamHost is a veteran on the market, hosting a large number of domains all over the world. Recently, however, we have received some negative feedbacks about the inconvenience of DreamHost customer support. The company only provides e-mail support which is not very efficient. Our editors have sent an enquiry about how to disable CloudFlare caching for a single sub-domain, and received the response after a couple of hours with a complicated answer. If customers want to contact support staffs via toll-free phone call and live chat, they need to pay $9.95/mo extra.
Plans and Pricing
Both companies offer shared hosting plans to their customers. In iPower, the eight plans are called Host Intro, Host One, Host Two, Host Three, Host Four, Host Five, Host Six, Host Seven priced at $1.00/mo, $5.00/mo, $9.00/mo, $14.00/mo, $23.00/mo, $35.00/mo, $45.00/mo and $70.00/mo. Currently, they offer free domain and free double SQL Server space. These offer valid for Host Two Yearly Plan or above.
Different than ASPHostPortal, DreamHost has just one plan for their shared hosting with price of $8.95/mo. So you can’t choose which plan that suitable for your needs.
Then it comes to the features. We have chosen the most popular plan from each company to compare their features objectively. They are Host One and DreamHost’s shared hosting. Both plans have a full package of features from the most basic ones to advanced technologies.
ASPHostPortal offers a more flexible control panel, a longer money back guarantee, and a more upgraded processor. On the contrary, DreamHost provides unlimited email account and unlimited MySQL database too.
Uptime & Speed
Uptime and Speed both companies have made great efforts to guarantee performance. In specific, ASPHostPortal has set up five data centers with thousands of quality servers in US (2 data centers), Netherland, London and Singapore. All data center power is fed by conditioned UPS (uninterruptible power supply) electricity and with the following systems in place to ensure power back-up. Besides, it has tremendous cooling infrastructure and their state-of-the-art fire suppression has three levels of protection. However, it doesn’t promise 99.9% uptime.
DreamHost with multiple data centers promises 100% uptime guarantee and fast speed to all users. In the same time, the data centre in Los Angeles downtown coming with 24×7 monitoring service utilize high-quality Dell servers and redundant power supply. During the period of testing, we have noticed that the uptime reaches 99.96% and the response time is 498ms. The hosting uptime looks great, but the server loading speed is a little bit slow.
Engineers staff their data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host their clients’ critical sites and services. In their help center, users can find very helpful resources including an informative knowledge base, user guides, tutorials, etc.
For this perspective, DreamHost has 24/7 customer support via email. However, if you want to reach the real human beings of the support team with phone, you have to pay $9.95/mo for 3 call-backs service.
Our comparison comes to the conclusion that both plans is perfect. ASPHostPortal has more affordable price and richer features while DreamHost may deliver little better uptime. However, we can’t give you a definite answer ‘cause it really depends on your needs and budgets.