DreamHost Alternative: The Benefits of Choosing Kinsta

If you’re looking for a DreamHost alternative, Kinsta’s got you covered. Powered exclusively by the Google Cloud Platform, Kinsta’s hosting solutions are optimized for speed and performance and come with state-of-the-art security. From a custom-built dashboard to developer-friendly tools, Kinsta has everything you need for managed WordPress hosting!


Although DreamHost offers WordPress hosting, that’s not its specialty. DreamHost is a general web host commonly known for shared hosting and VPS on dedicated plans.

In addition to significantly fewer data centers, DreamHost lacks the innovative technologies and speed-optimized infrastructure that the Kinsta platform benefits from. Therefore, it makes sense that we often hear from unhappy customers looking for a better DreamHost alternative. 

Many of those people are interested to know what makes Kinsta unique. We’re excited to answer that question here. We’ll explain what makes Kinsta so powerful, and discuss the biggest benefits we have to offer as your managed WordPress host!

Tech support provided by Kinsta support team [is] on point. Quick, simple and always available on chat! I was trying to import a 631Mb MySQL Database. WPE took 2 days to complete this task, Kinsta tech support had this imported for me in under 30 mins. We currently manage sites located on various servers around the world on 1&1, GoDaddy, SiteGround, DreamHost, InMotion and Fasthosts. We’ll be migrating these over since Kinsta has proven their worth!

Ian Bryce

How Kinsta Compares to DreamHost in a Nutshell

Before we go into detail about Kinsta vs DreamHost, let’s take a look at some of the key differences between the two hosting platforms. 

To start with, Kinsta is the highest-rated managed WordPress host on G2, the world’s leading software review and comparison site:

Enjoy an 11% Faster Website Simply by Moving From DreamHost to Kinsta

We measured 3,200+ migrations over the course of a three-month span. On average, client sites that came from DreamHost to Kinsta experienced 11% faster load times.

How is this possible? Our customers enjoy:

Migrate from DreamHost to Kinsta hassle free with our free expert migration service. With our 30-day money-back guarantee, you can test out the service and improved speeds completely risk-free. You only lose if you don’t give this a try!

Some other key differences between Kinsta and DreamHost include:

  • Kinsta is not a general web host like DreamHost. We are specific to WordPress and our team is made up of experienced engineers. 
  • Kinsta has been the fastest WordPress host for 5 years in a row (independent benchmark).
  • We have 35 data centers across the globe, while DreamHost only has 2, both of which are based in the U.S.
  • Kinsta offers premium 24/7 support to all customers, regardless of your plan. DreamHost limits its live chat support to business hours. 
  • Unlike DreamHost, all of Kinsta’s plans include a free Content Delivery Network (CDN) and free premium DNS. 
  • All Kinsta plans come with a free Cloudflare integration with a secure firewall and free DDoS protection.
  • Kinsta works with Google Cloud’s premium global tier network.
  • Kinsta includes free, human-performed site migrations on all of our plans. With DreamHost, you have to handle the migration yourself via a plugin or pay $99 for a migration service. 
  • All plans at Kinsta include uptime monitoring. DreamHost only offers uptime monitoring features via the Jetpack plugin.
  • Kinsta provides a free security guarantee on all plans, whereas DreamHost charges $199 for its professional malware removal service.
  • Kinsta performs weekly automatic MySQL database optimization on all sites to ensure better performance. Database optimization is only offered as a premium service for DreamHost plans.
  • Kinsta provides five types of backups
  • Unlike DreamHost, Kinsta offers tools to boost performance even further, including Redis and New Relic (license required) add-on integrations for all plans. 
  • Kinsta provides the feature to load your site over reverse proxy
  • Kinsta allows multisite setups on the Pro plan and above. WordPress Multisite support is not provided by DreamHost.
  • DreamHost’s shared plans don’t support HTTP/2 connections. All Kinsta plans come with HTTP/2 and HTTP/3 support.
  • Kinsta provides six types of WordPress backups.
  • We provide our custom-built, WordPress-specific MyKinsta dashboard.
  • We support the latest, most secure and fastest PHP 8.1 on all plans. The latest version available at DreamHost is the outdated PHP 7.2.
  • You’ll get a free staging environment and SSH access on all plans.
  • Kinsta provides a site-healing feature, and we monitor every websites for uptime 480 times per day.
  • Kinsta is SOC2 compliant, which provides independent proof that we have established security procedures and adhered to those procedures over time. Dreamhost is not SOC2 compliant. See Kinsta’s Trust Report for additional information.
  • DreamHost allows insecure FTP connections. We only support encrypted and secure SFTP and SSH connections.
  • Kinsta has one of the most popular and appreciated affiliate programs on the market.

Kinsta is Built for Performance and Scalability

When you need a WordPress host that delivers unparalleled performance, Kinsta has you covered. Unlike DreamHost, Kinsta doesn’t fall into traditional hosting categories such as shared, VPS, and/or dedicated. 

Kinsta’s unique, fully-managed platform takes an innovative approach to hosting that is unlike any other solution you’ll find. Our entire infrastructure is powered exclusively by the Google Cloud Platform and we only use the latest and greatest technologies to deliver unparalleled performance, speed, security, and scalability.

We use LXD-managed hosts and LXC software containers for each site hosted on our platform. This means every website has its own isolated container that includes all the resources it needs, such as MySQL, PHP, Linux, and Nginx. All of your resources are completely isolated, so unlike with shared hosting, privacy is never a concern. 

In addition to keeping your sites safeguarded, Kinsta hosts your MySQL databases at localhost instead of an overloaded remote server. The result is quicker loading times and faster queries.

Unexpected peaks, sudden traffic surges — you name it — our servers can handle it. Kinsta’s scalable cloud infrastructure makes it easy to upgrade or downgrade whenever you need. 

Kinsta also uses compute-optimized C2 machines, which enables our clients to see significant boosts in average response times. Depending on the type of site you have, Kinsta can help you see a speed improvement between 20 and 300%, just by moving to our platform!

In terms of speed and performance, many clients discover that Kinsta outperforms all other web hosts:

Kinsta has allowed us to offer a bulletproof service to our top tier clients and keep them happy. Especially those who have traffic spikes with sudden server demand.

Adam Broadbent

Willing Web

As part of our Cloudflare integration, Edge Caching saves your Kinsta site/page cache to any of Cloudflare’s global network of 260+ data centers.

Edge Caching is included free with all Kinsta plans, doesn’t require a separate plugin, and cuts the time needed to serve cached WordPress HTML by an average of more than 50%!

Some people are drawn to DreamHost due to its discounted prices. However, while shared plans may be less expensive, they lack the features and tools for high-traffic websites. Even DreamHost’s managed hosting, referred to as DreamPress, is very limited in key areas such as CDN, backups, and support.

Uncover your WordPress Site’s Performance Bottlenecks.

Our experts will run a free performance audit of your website and share the results within 24 hours.

MyKinsta: A Custom-Built Dashboard for Powerful Site Management

At Kinsta, we want to do everything we can to make managing your site simple and straightforward. This is why we custom-built MyKinsta, our user portal specifically designed for WordPress site management:

MyKinsta is Kinsta's fully custom dashboard for managing WordPress sites.
The MyKinsta dashboard.

Let’s take a look at some of the key features that make the MyKinsta dashboard so helpful:

  • Premium Amazon Route 53 DNS included, so you can directly manage your DNS records in the dashboard.
  • One-click CDN integration.
  • Detailed insights and analytics, including bandwidth and visitor data, performance analysis data, CDN usage and insights, and cache HIT and MISS ratio.
  • Search and replace tool for performing bulk updates.
  • One-click feature for switching PHP versions directly from your dashboard, as well as the option to restart PHP when needed. DreamHost doesn’t let you switch PHP versions from the control panel.
  • Website redirect management.
  • Option to purge site cache within the dashboard.
  • One-click staging site creation.
  • A built-in Cloudflare integration with optimized settings to secure and boost the performance of your site without the need for a separate Cloudflare subscription.
  • Features to push staging sites live and restore backups to staging. With DreamHost, you can only restore backups to live sites.
  • Ability to heighten login security by adding your SSH keys to the dashboard.
  • IP Deny tool for easy IP address blocking.
  • New Relic integration (license required), which isn’t supported on DreamHost shared plans.
  • WordPress debugging tool.
  • Free Cloudflare SSL certificates, as well as the option to import your own.
  • Multilingual dashboard that’s available in 10 languages: English, Italian, Spanish, French, Japanese, Swedish, German, Portuguese, Danish, and Dutch.

Many of MyKinsta’s features resulted directly from our clients’ feedback. We are always listening to requests and incorporating feedback. If there’s a way to improve our dashboard and make everyone’s lives more productive, you can count on us pursuing it.

Optimized for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads

At Kinsta, we’re well-versed in the unique challenges that come with managing ecommerce sites. That’s why we optimized our platform so you never have to worry about the speed and performance of your WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads store.

We use a variety of methods to ensure lightning-fast performance for your online stores, including: 

  • Excluding pages that shouldn’t be cached by default, such as ‘my account’, checkout, and cart pages.
  • Implementing server-level page caching with specific rules to allow EDD and WooCommerce functionality. 
  • Automatically bypassing the cache for users when “edit_items_in_cart” or “woocommerce_items_in_cart cookie” are detected, to deliver a quick, smooth, and seamless checkout.

With online storefronts, speed is a critical priority. When you use Kinsta as your managed WordPress host, this is never a concern because we run on the fastest network out there.

In fact, Review Signal releases an annual performance testing review on some of the most popular web hosts. For five consecutive years, Kinsta has achieved “top tier” performance!

In the most recent round of benchmark reviews, DreamHost’s DreamPress Pro plan ($80/month) was also tested. So we’ll be comparing that below with the Kinsta Pro plan ($70/month).

Web Performance Benchmarks (Pro Plans)

For the web performance benchmark tests, Review Signal created identical WordPress dummy websites with the same plugins installed (except for any tools needed for each provider’s specific caching mechanisms).

WebPageTest.org was used to measure in seconds the overall loading time in 11 different geographical locations. Let’s take a look at the results:

Los Angeles0.7890.895
São Paulo1.3341.099

As you can see, Kinsta beat DreamHost in 7 out of the 11 tests

For the uptime monitoring testing, two services were used: UptimeRobot and StatusCake. On both, Kinsta had a perfect uptime, while DreamHost’s fell below 100%:

Uptime Robot100%99.86%

Now for the Load Impact test, which was used to determine whether each site was caching from the front page and assess the caching system’s performance:

Data Transferred (GB)33.4931.35
Peak Average Load Time (seconds)6081,110
Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps)571486
Peak Average Requests/Sec1,2201,040

Even with more requests and data transferred, Kinsta still outperformed DreamHost when it came to the average load time.

The Load Storm tests were used to simulate real users visiting the site:

Total Requests538,858519,329
Total Errors105338
Peak RPS408.67566.62
Average RPS297.70288.52
Peak Response Time (ms)2,37215,180
Average Response Time (ms)440689

Not only did Kinsta have significantly fewer errors than DreamHost, but we also had a faster response time. As the test scaled up, DreamHost showed increased response times and error rates.

Kinsta is Developer-Friendly

Screenshots showing developer friendly MyKinsta features

At Kinsta, many of our team members are developers. Therefore everything we create, from our custom dashboard to our products and tools, is built with developers in mind.

We provide features and accessibility that help improve your workflow efficiency. With Kinsta as your managed WordPress host, you’ll have access to a variety of features and tools that you wouldn’t necessarily get with DreamHost, including:

  • Unrestricted access to your site’s critical files. 
  • Git, WP-CLI, and SSH access included, regardless of your plan. SSH access is only available on DreamHost dedicated plans.
  • A one-click staging environment on all plans. We also enable you to turn on caching for your staging environment. DreamHost staging environments are available, but they require manual setup and don’t copy the uploads folder.
  • Six types of backups: free automatic/daily, optional hourly, manual, system generated, and downloadable.DreamHost offers daily backups or the option for you to manually create a backup once per day. Also, DreamHost states that while it automatically backs up web server data and MySQL databases, “this is not guaranteed”.
  • All plans at Kinsta can take advantage of quicker database performance through the Redis add-on. DreamHost, on the other hand, limits this option to the higher spectrum of plans.
  • The ability to load your site over reverse proxy. DreamHost doesn’t support this setup.
  • Kinsta lets you run a different version of PHP for every live and staging site, as well as switching your PHP version with a single click from your dashboard. While DreamHost lets you switch your PHP version, there’s no option for you to do it from your control panel. Instead, you need to contact its customer support team.
  • At Kinsta, post and page revisions are enabled by default. 

All plans at Kinsta include uptime monitoring. DreamHost, on the other hand, only offers uptime monitoring features via the Jetpack plugin.

Feature Comparison Overview

At this point, let’s take a moment to review some of the key differences between Kinsta and DreamHost:

PricingPlans start at $35/monthPlans start at $19.95/month
Money-Back Guarantee30 days on all plans97 days on Shared plans, 30 days for DreamPress plans
Plan Tiers10 (not including custom)13
Premium 24×7 SupportAll plansLive chat only during business hours
Core Infrastructure (GCP)Same across all plansVaries by plan
SSH AccessAll plansVaries by plan
Global Data Centers35 locations2 locations
Different location for each of your sitesX
Continent Locations51
NetworkLow-latency and redundant premium Google Platform network on all plansLimited carriers
Bandwidth LimitsNo limits (within AUP)Unmetered (within AUP)
Container Technology100% resource isolation on all plansNot specified
Free MigrationsAll plans$149.99 for up to 5 websites
WooCommerce optimized infrastructureX
Weekly automatic MySQL database optimization$19.99
Staging EnvironmentAll plansVaries by plan
PHP VersionsPHP 8.0, 8.1, 8.2PHP 5.4-5.6, 7, 7.1, 7.2
Switch PHP EngineOne-click change in dashboardNot available in control panel
Free CDN200+ PoPs (All regions)Plus and Pro plans
Built-in Edge Caching260+ data centersNot specified
Free Premium DNSAmazon R53X
Free SSL CertificatesAll plansAll plans
Free Hack FixesAll plansX
Free APM ToolKinsta APMNot specified
Uptime MonitoringAll plansManageWP premium add-on, free for Pro plans (not worldwide)
Resources LimitsOnly limited by PHP workersVaries by plan
Multisite SupportPro plans and higherX
Cloudflare Firewall
Free DDoS Protection
Additional Backups + Frequency Add-onX
Detailed Performance AnalyticsX
IP GeolocationNot specified
Reverse Proxy SupportVaries by plan
Redis Add-onDedicated only
New Relic (license required)X
Multilingual DashboardEnglish, Spanish, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, French, Swedish, Danish, JapanX

At Kinsta, we only permit direct WordPress access from encrypted Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) and SSH connections. While DreamHost offers these options, it also allows unsecured FTP connections.

Free Migrations

Kinsta’s team of skilled experts handles the entire migration process for you, so you won’t have to worry about figuring out complex technology or risk losing critical data.

Kinsta offers unlimited free migrations from DreamHost! To get started, the only thing you need is to complete our site migration request form. From there, we’ll be in touch right away to schedule a migration time based on minimizing downtime and disruptions. You can easily track the migration status via your MyKinsta dashboard. 

Migration of the site over to these guys is a complete simple breeze, they do it all once you send them the site details, although if you are not sure they are on hand to assist you anyway via the online message box in the admin area of your dashboard. All in all really happy I transferred over to them for my managed WordPress hosting.


Technically, migrations are also a free feature available for DreamHost users. However, the feature has some caveats. For example, it only applies if you’re moving to a new DreamPress plan, and you have to manage the migration yourself using a custom migration plugin. If you are moving from a different web host or want the DreamHost team to conduct the migration, it costs $99.

In other words, Kinsta saves you both time and money. We don’t expect you to deal with ineffective migration plugins. Instead, our WordPress experts will migrate your site(s) for you free of charge.

Expert Support

At Kinsta, our customers always come first. Our team of engineers and WordPress experts are available 24/7, regardless of your plan. Whether you’re a small blog or a Fortune 500 company, our support team treats you as a top priority. 

With Kinsta, not only do you get knowledgeable support, but you get it quickly too. 

Our average initial ticket response time is under two minutes

Our customer support ratings can back us up on this. In the past two years, more than 97% of our customers left a chat support session happy or satisfied:

Kinsta’s WordPress hosting support conversation ratings chart.
Kinsta’s WordPress hosting support conversation ratings chart.

Kinsta also offers multilingual support, including a knowledge base with resources available in 10 languages.

Our agency has worked with all the major hosting platforms. Kinsta is crazy fast and the support is stellar! We moved all our clients to Kinsta and haven’t looked back.

Brent Martel

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To make customer support as quick and convenient as possible, we use the Intercom customer messaging platform. All communications are logged, so you won’t ever have to repeat yourself between support agents. 

DreamHost has ticket and email support for all plans. While it does offer live chat support, that’s only available during business hours (Pacific Time), and only in English and Spanish.

Safe and Secure

Kinsta offers state-of-the-art security, so you never have to worry about privacy or protection. Our infrastructure uses the Google Cloud Platform, which allows our users to reap the benefits of a robust security model that safeguards the likes of Gmail and Google Search.

We take both active and passive measures to protect your sites and stop malicious intent. In addition to putting software-based restrictions in place, our secure platform monitors your site every three minutes for uptime.

All sites on Kinsta are automatically protected by Cloudflare’s firewall, which includes free DDoS protection. With our Cloudflare integration, you’ll get the benefits of enhanced security and performance without having to configure your own Cloudflare account. Our security features include:

  • Cloudflare firewall with free DDoS protection
  • Two-Factor Authentication support
  • Isolated LXC containers
  • Automated backups with all plans
  • Self-healing PHP
  • Free security guarantee
  • Strict software-based restrictions
  • Only support for encrypted SFTP and SSH connections (no FTP)

If we’re alerted of a vulnerability on your site, Kinsta will notify you immediately and keep you updated about the next steps. We act quickly and efficiently, making sure you’re informed throughout the process.

Tweet by Ross Winn with a comparison of server response times, showing Kinsta as the clear winner

We also include a security guarantee on all of our plans. DreamHost offers only a paid solution malware removal service for $199.

Kinsta Has a Global Presence

Kinsta has 35 data centers (and counting) across the globe, with a presence on five continents. Regardless of your plan, we give you the option to choose a different data center for each of your sites, with no extra fees.

Our massive global footprint makes it easy to select a data center that will provide your site with the best performance possible. Kinsta locations include:

  • Changhua County, Taiwan
  • Hong Kong
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Mumbai, India
  • Delhi, India
  • Jurong West, Singapore
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Hamina, Finland
  • Madrid, Spain
  • St. Ghislain, Belgium
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Eemshaven, Netherlands
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Milan, Italy
  • Paris, France
  • Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Montréal, Canada
  • Toronto, Canada
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
  • Moncks Corner, South Carolina, USA
  • Ashburn, Virginia, USA
  • Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Dallas, Texas, USA
  • The Dalles, Oregon, USA
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

DreamHost data centers are limited to the U.S. In fact, there are only two data center locations, one in Virginia, and one in Oregon.

Free Performance Monitoring Tool

WordPress is a dynamic CMS, which means it’s constantly executing PHP code in the background. Depending on your theme and plugin configuration, it’s possible for your site to get bogged down with bloated and inefficient code.

That’s where APM (Application Performance Monitoring) tools can help. An APM monitors requests to your site, and tracks various metrics like external API requests, database queries, PHP execution time, and more. This information allows you to quickly debug and troubleshoot performance bottlenecks.

All Kinsta plans come with a free custom-built APM tool that can be easily accessed right in the MyKinsta dashboard. Kinsta APM provides you with key WordPress performance insights without the need for expensive third-party subscriptions to other APM services.

With Kinsta APM, you can debug the following and more:

  • Slow WordPress plugins and themes.
  • Long calls to external APIs and domains.
  • Unoptimized MySQL database queries.

DreamHost’s hosting plans do not come with a free APM tool, which makes it very difficult to quickly troubleshoot performance issues on your WordPress site.

Develop Locally with DevKinsta

For developers and agencies, Kinsta offers a simple to use (but powerful) local development tool called DevKinsta. With DevKinsta, you can launch WordPress sites with a full hosting stack and SSL support on your local computer with just a few clicks.

Screenshot of the DevKinsta interface
Develop locally and push to Kinsta with DevKinsta.

DevKinsta is fully integrated with MyKinsta and Kinsta’s hosting platform, which means you can develop locally and push updates directly to a staging environment on Kinsta! DreamHost doesn’t have an integration with a local WordPress development tool, which means there is no way to clone and push WordPress sites for DreamHost customers. If you’re a busy freelance or agency developer, DevKinsta’s advanced features and MyKinsta integration can be a huge time saver.

Static Sites for Free

Are you an agency creating static WordPress sites for your clients? Or do you create landing pages for high-traffic campaigns? We got you covered!

Static site hosting is 100% free at Kinsta. You can create a static or Jamstack site or use a static site generator. We can run the build process for you and deploy your site directly to the edge.

Get static site hosting for free

Benefits of hosting Static sites with Kinsta include:

  • Your site is directly pushed to our edge network with 260+ locations globally, powered by the security and speed of Cloudflare
  • Use a static site generator, and we handle the build process, which is also included free of charge
  • Add custom domains, and we deliver the security (SSL certificates automatically issued and updated)

Sign up, connect your git account, and start deploying your static site from your repo.

Turbocharging Your Content Delivery with Kinsta CDN

All Kinsta plans include a free Content Delivery Network (CDN) via our Cloudflare integration. This is a premium HTTP/3-enabled CDN, to deliver your content lightning-fast across the globe.

As part of our Cloudflare integration, our built-in Edge Caching saves your Kinsta site/page cache to any of Cloudflare’s global network of 260+ data centers.

When site visitors load your website in their browser, cached responses will be delivered from the location closest to them. Edge Caching is included free with all Kinsta plans and doesn’t require a separate plugin.

Our content delivery architecture was tailor-made for high throughput and low latency. You can enable Kinsta CDN directly from your MyKinsta dashboard.

DreamHost includes the free, basic Cloudflare plan, which you can enable from the control panel. However, to use the advanced features, you’ll need to purchase a Cloudflare Plus or Pro plan. Also, DreamHost’s shared plans don’t support HTTP/2 connections.

Best Affiliate Program in the Industry

Kinsta’s constant drive to evolve and improve has helped us become one of the fastest-growing managed WordPress hosts. Our happy clients help to spread the word about our products and services, which is why we’re proud to offer true profit sharing through our affiliate program.

Among the highest-paying affiliate programs in the hosting industry, the Kinsta affiliate program allows us to partner with our customers so you can share in our earnings. Whether you’re a blogger or an agency, this is a great rewarding opportunity. 

For every signup you refer to Kinsta, you can earn between $50 and $500 (depending on the plan). In addition, you receive a 10% monthly recurring commission for the lifetime of the referred customers. Kinsta customers have an impressively low 4% churn rate, so suffice it to say that our affiliate program is an effective way to earn a passive income. 

Additionally, we want to prevent you from having to deal with complicated third-party platforms. This is why we created our own unique WordPress hosting affiliate dashboard.

DreamHost offers an affiliate program. However, the earning potential is not at the same level. Depending on the plan, users can earn anywhere between $15 and $200 per referral (which is less than a half of what we offer).

Join Others Making the Switch to Kinsta

At Kinsta, we’re passionate about providing our clients with access to the fastest, latest technology. We’re constantly evolving and innovating to exceed our customers’ expectations. 

For proof, simply check out our many feature updates! We release new features, integrations, and tools with frequency and speed unmatched by anyone else in the hosting industry.

We are proud of our platform, and confident you will be too. Therefore, we always offer a 30-day money-back guarantee and no long-term contracts.

If you’re ready to make the move away from DreamHost and switch to a new hosting provider, try out Kinsta risk-free for 30 days!