DreamHost vs Namecheap: 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 Namecheap 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.

Namecheap Hosting Plan

Namecheap started as a domain registrar in 2001, but expanded into hosting in 2008. Their data centers are located in Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia.

I have purchased a hosting plan on Namecheap 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 NameProfessional
Cost$7.48/month
Disk Space100GB
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money Back Guarantee14 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
StableHost2.59 s0.00 s12.29 sTest Results
HostGator2.72 s2.00 s15.02 sTest Results
DreamHost2.72 s0.00 s21.25 sTest Results
GoDaddy2.82 s0.31 s37.97 sTest Results
Bluehost2.92 s0.00 s9.17 sTest Results
InMotion Hosting2.93 s0.00 s14.12 sTest Results
MDDHosting2.95 s2.00 s74.96 sTest Results
Namecheap3.06 s2.00 s72.71 sTest Results
Site53.11 s0.00 s46.29 sTest Results
Yahoo Small Business3.87 s2.00 s60.96 sTest Results

DreamHost performs stellar in the Speed Test, with an average result of 2.72 seconds. It's best result was 0.00 s but it has been as bad as 21.25 s. DreamHost most recent result on Jun 16 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.

Namecheap performs incredibly in the Speed Test, with an average result of 3.06 seconds. It's best result was 2.00 s but it has been as bad as 72.71 s. Namecheap most recent result on Jun 16 was 2.00 s. Namecheap proves that they have consistent, low page load times. While I bet it could be improved if they enabled compression and caching headers, their stats are something other hosts strive for.

Let’s see how DreamHost and Namecheap 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
DreamHost74.810 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
Site593.660 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
InMotion Hosting99.470 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
Yahoo Small Business99.840 %100.000 %82.780 %Test Results
MDDHosting99.880 %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
GoDaddy99.960 %100.000 %94.720 %Test Results
HostGator99.970 %100.000 %97.000 %Test Results

DreamHost performs pretty poorly in the Uptime Test, with an average result of 74.81 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 0.000 %. DreamHost most recent result on Jun 15 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.

Namecheap performs mediocre in the Uptime Test, with an average result of 99.93 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 92.000 %. Namecheap most recent result on Jun 15 was 100.000 %. Namecheap has had a few significant outages (more than a few minutes) since I started testing them. It's nothing horrendous, but other hosts have better reliability.

Let’s see how DreamHost and Namecheap 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 okay 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.

Namecheap performs alright in the Support Response Time Test, with an average result of 2.2 hours. It's best result was 0.10 h but it has been as bad as 6.00 h. Namecheap most recent result on Mar 22 was 2.20 h. Something I like about Namecheap is their honesty. While most hosts hide the fact that they oversell (put more customers onto one server than it can handle), Namecheap admits they do it. They explain that not only is it the only way for a host to survive (profitably), but usually it's fine because 99% of websites don't get that much traffic (and aren't using all the resources they're allocated). Thanks for telling the truth, Namecheap.

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