DreamHost vs MDDHosting: Which Host Is Best For You & Your Site?

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I secretly test hosts every month for speed, reliability, and support. Here’s a comparison between DreamHost and MDDHosting with real proof of their performance.

DreamHost Hosting Plan

Dreamhost is known for their unlimited resources at a great value. They have been around since 1998 and hosts over 10 million sites. Data centers are located in California and Virginia.

I have purchased a hosting plan on DreamHost and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here is the plan information I chose:

Plan NameHappy Hosting
Cost$10.95/month
Disk SpaceUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee100%
Money Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

MDDHosting Hosting Plan

MDDHosting is small but prides themselves in providing high quality services and support. They've been around since 2007 and currently host over 12,000 domains. Their data center is located in Denver, Colorado.

I have purchased a hosting plan on MDDHosting and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here is the plan information I chose:

Plan NameBasic
Cost$7.50/month
Disk Space5GB
Bandwidth250GB
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money Back Guarantee30 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

Page Speed Test Results

This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better.  Learn more about the Page Speed Test.

HostAverageBestWorst
StableHost2.65 s0.00 s12.29 sTest Results
HostGator2.73 s2.00 s15.02 sTest Results
DreamHost2.77 s0.00 s21.25 sTest Results
GoDaddy2.83 s0.31 s37.97 sTest Results
Bluehost2.94 s0.00 s9.17 sTest Results
InMotion Hosting2.95 s0.00 s14.12 sTest Results
MDDHosting2.97 s2.00 s74.96 sTest Results
Namecheap3.08 s2.00 s72.71 sTest Results
Site53.14 s0.00 s46.29 sTest Results
Yahoo Small Business3.89 s2.00 s60.96 sTest Results

DreamHost performs incredibly in the Speed Test, with an average result of 2.77 seconds. It's best result was 0.00 s but it has been as bad as 21.25 s. DreamHost most recent result on Apr 19 was 0.00 s. I expected Dreamhost to have poor performance, but they're not that bad. There are faster hosts out there, but you're not going to be disappointed with them.

MDDHosting performs impressively in the Speed Test, with an average result of 2.97 seconds. It's best result was 2.00 s but it has been as bad as 74.96 s. MDDHosting most recent result on Apr 19 was 2.00 s. I had heard great things about MDDHosting, and I thought their speed would be on par, but it has proven to have some hiccups. Lately they've been alright, but back in October I was seeing load times of 10+ seconds - wow that's poor! Yet, they are one of the few hosts that has all their server settings optimized.

Let’s see how DreamHost and MDDHosting compare in detail for their page speed stats:

Uptime Test Results

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better. Learn more about the Uptime Test.

HostAverageBestWorst
DreamHost77.310 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
Site596.790 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
InMotion Hosting99.610 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
Yahoo Small Business99.850 %100.000 %82.780 %Test Results
MDDHosting99.870 %100.000 %64.580 %Test Results
StableHost99.930 %100.000 %73.000 %Test Results
Namecheap99.930 %100.000 %92.000 %Test Results
Bluehost99.940 %100.000 %84.930 %Test Results
GoDaddy99.970 %100.000 %94.720 %Test Results
HostGator99.970 %100.000 %97.500 %Test Results

DreamHost performs under par in the Uptime Test, with an average result of 77.31 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 0.000 %. DreamHost most recent result on Apr 18 was 0.000 %. Dreamhost has had a few significant outages, but I've seen worse. Their ping response time is pretty impressive, faster than most hosts, showing they have a decent network.

MDDHosting performs miserably in the Uptime Test, with an average result of 99.87 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 64.583 %. MDDHosting most recent result on Apr 18 was 100.000 %. MDD has pretty average uptime reliability. Some hosts are more stable. Some are way worse. MDDHosting falls in the middle.MDDHosting does knock my socks off when it comes to their tech support. The longest I've ever had to wait for a response was 11 minutes. That's incredible. They must have a full staff working round the clock! Nice job, MDD.

Let’s see how DreamHost and MDDHosting compare in detail for their uptime stats:

Support Response Test Results

This test measures how quickly the host’s support team responds to your request. Lower is better. Learn more about the Support Response Test.

HostAverageBestWorst
MDDHosting0.11 h0.10 h0.20 hTest Results
GoDaddy0.12 h0.10 h0.30 hTest Results
Site50.28 h0.10 h0.80 hTest Results
StableHost0.37 h0.10 h1.70 hTest Results
InMotion Hosting0.94 h0.20 h2.30 hTest Results
Namecheap2.20 h0.10 h6.00 hTest Results
DreamHost2.79 h0.20 h11.00 hTest Results
Bluehost34.67 h0.10 h168.00 hTest Results
Yahoo Small Business50.89 h16.00 h124.00 hTest Results
HostGator53.40 h0.30 h168.00 hTest Results

DreamHost performs alright in the Support Response Time Test, with an average result of 2.79 hours. It's best result was 0.20 h but it has been as bad as 11.00 h. DreamHost most recent result on Mar 22 was 1.30 h. Dreamhost will usually get back to you within an hour, although that's not always the case. Regardless their support is average.

MDDHosting performs impressively in the Support Response Time Test, with an average result of 0.11 hours. It's best result was 0.10 h but it has been as bad as 0.20 h. MDDHosting most recent result on Mar 22 was 0.10 h.

Let’s see how DreamHost and MDDHosting compare in detail for their uptime stats: