DreamHost Shared Hosting Speed Test

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If you are planning to buy DreamHost shared hosting, and you want to know the performance of DreamHost shared hosting, then you are in the right place. In this blog post, We will test the speed and performance of DreamHost shared hosting with 10+ different and extensive tests.

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DreamHost shared Hosting

DreamHost was originally founded in 1997 as the New Dream Network. Since then, the company name has changed to DreamHost and currently hosts over a million websites from all over the world. DreamHost currently offers a variety of services to host your website, including Shared hosting, Managed WordPress hosting (DreamPress), VPS hosting, Dedicated hosting, and Domains.

In this particular blog post, we will talk about DreamHost shared hosting.

Plans & Pricing

DreamHost currently offers only two plans in shared hosting. Shared starter and Shared unlimited. With the shared starter plan, you can host only one website and also you will not get email hosting with it. In shared unlimited plan, you will be able to host unlimited websites and also you will get free email hosting with it. So, I think shared unlimited is the most value for money plan. Therefore, I chose Shared Unlimited plan to test DreamHost shared hosting.

DreamHost Shared Hosting Speed & Performance Test Plans and Pricing

Testing Environment

To test DreamHost shared hosting speed and performance, I bought Shared Unlimited plan. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will already know that I create the same testing website when I perform speed tests. After buying the plan, I installed WordPress and connected it with my domain which I bought from NameCheap.

I do not want to run tests on a blank website, so I installed Blocksy Theme and one of its demo websites called ‘Tasty.’ I have to install four additional extra plugins with the demo website: Blocksy Companion, WP Forms Lite, Stackable, Recipe Card Blocks by WPZOOM.

Hosting: DreamHost Shared
Plan: Shared Unlimited
Server Location: Virginia U
WordPress Version: 5.8
Themes: Blocksy (Active), Twenty twenty One
Plugins: Blocksy Companion, WP Forms Lite, Stackable, Recipe Card Blocks by WPZOOM

After setting this testing environment, I did not perform any extra optimizations like caching, Image compressing, modification, or any other kind of speed improvement. It would be best if you always did these optimizations to improve your website, but I wanted to know the actual performance of DreamHost shared hosting without any optimizations.

Quick Disclaimer:
I want to inform you guys that all the results are honest and authentic in this blog post. To do these kinds of tests, I have to spend a lot of money from my pocket, So I would like to request that if you want to buy DreamHost shared Hosting or any other hosting, please use our affiliate links. You will get an extra discount, and this website will earn a small amount of commission from it. So, we can do more feature speed tests, reviews, and comparisons without any sponsors.

Now, without wasting your precious time, let’s start testing.

TTFB Test

TTFB stands for time to first byte. To put it simply, this is a measurement of how long the browser has to wait before receiving its first byte of data from the server. The longer it takes to get that data, the longer it takes to display your page.

TTFB depends on the Hosting server, Themes, and plugins. But most of the part is played by the hosting server. If hosting using a high-performance server, you will get low TTFB, and if hosting uses a standard specifications server, it will be high.

Most of the hostings stores your website files in a single location. From that server, the hosting will send all the files to the visitors. If your hosting server is located in the USA, your website will get very low TTFB in the USA, Canada, and European countries. But it will be much higher in Asia and Australia.

Therefore when you buy hosting from any of the providers, try to choose the nearest server location from your website’s audience. (not closest to you but closest to your website users)

When visitors come to your website, the browser will send all the requests and ask for the required files to the hosting server. After that, hosting will send an initial reply to the browser. Now, the time between browser requests and hosting initial response will be called TTFB.

Your website will load fast if your hosting TTFB is low. Means, as low is the TTFB of your website, visitor have to wait for less. By this, the bounce rate of your website can decrease drastically.

TTFB can be different from location to location and time to time. Therefore, we will do multiple tests from multiple worldwide locations. So, we can get the best accurate value. In the TTFB test, we will use three different tools and will take five different results.

KeyCDN TTFB Test

TTFB test one is done from KeyCDN Tools. This tool will measure the TTFB from 10 different worldwide locations. I have taken three different results of this test from different other days.

Server LocationTest 1Test 2Test 3
Frankfurt786 ms743 ms779 ms
Amsterdam742 ms672 ms717 ms
London638 ms646 ms683 ms
New York443 ms461 ms453 ms
Dallas490 ms520 ms524 ms
San Francisco602 ms697 ms683 ms
Singapore1.09 s1.15 s1.27 s
Sydney1.06 s1.09 s1.12 s
Tokyo942 ms990 ms1.03 s
Bangalore1.2 s1.18 s1.17 s
Global Average799 ms814 ms842 ms
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GT Metrix TTFB Test

TTFB test two is done from GTMetrix. I have done seven different tests to measure the TTFB from seven different locations.

Server LocationTTFB
Vancouver, Canada1.3 s
Hong Kong, China1.6 s
London, UK1.3 s
Mumbai, India2.6 s
San Antonio, TX, USA1.0 s
Sydney, Australia1.7 s
São Paulo, Brazil1.2 s
Global Average1.5 s

Fast or Slow TTFB Test

TTFB test three is done from Fast or Slow. Fast or Slow will measure the website TTFB and Speed from 18 worldwide locations. This is the heaviest test from all of the tests.

Server LocationTTFB
S Africa2965 ms
Sweden1374 ms
India4336 ms
France3560 ms
England3062 ms
Ireland2955 ms
S Korea1748 ms
Bahrain2939 ms
Japan4403 ms
Brazil3450 ms
Canada1125 ms
Hong Kong3638 ms
Singapore5385 ms
Australia1942 ms
Germany1784 ms
USA (VA)1042 ms
USA (OH)1181 ms
USA (OR)3714 ms

Here is the end of the TTFB tests, now we will start the Speed Test.

Speed Test

We will measure the website’s fully loaded time and some core web vitals in the Speed test. The website’s fully loaded time and core web vitals can depend on Hosting servers, Themes, Plugins, and testing page content. But, as I told you before, We used the same testing environment to avoid the Theme, Plugins, and testing page content.

Google PageSpeed

If you want to rank higher in Google search, you should strictly follow the Google Core web vitals. You can measure these parameters from the Google PageSpeed Insights tool, which is the official testing tool of Google.

Therefore, we will do our first speed test in Google PageSpeed Insights. Speed Index and Time to Interactive are parameters we should follow. Google PageSpeed Insights results are not consistent. Therefore, I will conduct three different tests on separate days to get the most accurate results.

Mobile

MetricsTest 1Test 2Test 3Average
Score86878887
Time to Interactive4.8 s4.6 s4.7 s4.7 s
Speed Index4.9 s5.4 s5.1 s5.1 s

Desktop

MetricsTest 1Test 2Test 3Average
Score97959696
Time to Interactive0.7 s1.1 s1.1 s0.9 s
Speed Index1.8 s2.0 s1.9 s1.9 s

Pingdom Test

The second speed test is done with Pingdom from seven different worldwide locations. Load time is the factor that we will consider in this test.

Server LocationLoad Time
Tokyo – Japan4.29 s
Frankfurt – Germany 2.79 s
London – UK 2.06 s
Washington D.C. – USA1.97 s
San Francisco – USA2.41 s
Sydney – Australia3.70 s
São Paulo – Brazil3.32 s
Global Average2.93 s

GTMetrix Test

The third speed test is done with the GTMetrix tool from seven different worldwide locations. GTMetrix is based on Google PageSpeed Insights. You should look up to Fully Loaded time. I have taken seven different tests from all of the seven locations of GTMetrix. At last, you will see the global average results.

Server LocationPerformanceSpeed IndexFully Loaded Time
Vancouver, Canada76%1.9 s2.1 s
Hong Kong, China55%2.6 s4.3 s
London, UK64%2.2 s3.9 s
Mumbai, India45%4.0 s4.7 s
San Antonio, TX, USA78%1.6 s3.3 s
Sydney, Australia57%2.9 s4.0 s
São Paulo, Brazil70%2.1 s2.6 s
Global Average63%2.4 s3.5 s

KeyCDN Speed Test

The fourth speed test is done with KeyCDN Tools. There are ten different worldwide locations in the KeyCDN Testing tool. We can measure the website load time, page size, requests, and performance grade with this tool. Page size, requests, and performance grade will be quite the same in all of the tests.

Server LocationLoad Time
Frankfurt2.44 s
Amsterdam2.6 s
London2.15 s
New York1.68 s
Dallas2.38 s
San Francisco2.35 s
Singapore3.56 s
Sydney3.43 s
Tokyo2.91 s
Bangalore4.15 s
Global Average2.76 s
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Fast or Slow Speed Test

Test 5 is done with Fast or Slow from 18 different worldwide locations. In these results, we measure website interactive time. The Time to Interactive (TTI) metric measures how long it takes a page to become interactive to the site visitor.

VitalScore
Performance Score71
First Contentful Paint1
Speed Index53
Largest Contentful Paint92
Time to Interactive64
Total Blocking Time100
Cumulative Layout Shift100
Server LocationInteractive
S Africa5169 ms
Sweden2271 ms
India6604 ms
France4462 ms
England4342 ms
Ireland3755 ms
S Korea3261 ms
Bahrain5096 ms
Japan5831 ms
Brazil4701 ms
Canada1706 ms
Hong Kong5957 ms
Singapore7633 ms
Australia3552 ms
Germany2835 ms
USA (VA)1669 ms
USA (OH)1641 ms
USA (OR)4578 ms
  • Largest Contentful Paint: 1.36s
  • First Byte: 2.81s

Load Test

In the Load test, we will send some visitors to the testing website, and after the test, we can see the load handling performance of the hosting. To do the load test, I conducted two different tests. In the first test, I sent 100 virtual users to the website. In the second test, I send 250 virtual users to the testing website.

Response Times100 Visits/Minute250 Visits/Minute
Average873 ms1340 ms
Minimum751 ms801 ms
Maximum1532 ms7523 ms
Success99246
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WP Performance Test

These tests are done by WordPress Performance Testing Plugins.

Server Score4.9
Queries Per Second296.64
Execution Time (seconds)3.371
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Uptime Test

  • August: 99.69%
  • September: 99.98%
  • October: 99.99%
  • November:

Final Results

  • Global Average TTFB:
  • Global Average Load Time: 2.76 s

Conclusion

Overall, DreamHost is very good choice if you want to start your blogging career without riping your pocket. Also, DreamHost is officially recommended by WordPress. With 99.99% uptime gaurantee, unlimited innodes, affordable pricing, and 97 day money back gaurantee DreamHost can be very good shared hosting.

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