My clients understandably often ask me to recommend a hosting company or domain registrar. I used to have a few companies that I suggested and I even had affiliate accounts with the same few so I made a little money and was able to get discounts for my clients when they purchased new hosting. Then I started noticing that some of the companies I liked were not so likable anymore for one reason or another. So… for a while now I’ve been avoiding suggesting companies nor promoting any affiliate links because I didn’t want my clients to hold me responsible when the hosting company I suggested became less trustworthy or reliable and quite frankly there were just not any hosting companies or domain registrars who I was in love with.
Recently one of my favorite clients asked me to suggest a domain registrar. I reluctantly tried to help him by telling him first who not to use. There are a couple of popular companies who I do not like for various reasons who I will not name here because I have several clients who still use them.
I suggested to my client when doing his registrar research to try to find an ethical company. I mentioned that I use Dreamhost but the last time I checked they only sell domains to people who have hosting accounts also. Today I had time to research this again and found Dreamhost now do sell domain names even if you don’t have hosting. I myself use Dreamhost for hosting and domain registration and though I have had some issues in the past, those issues have all been resolved now and I’m pretty happy there at the moment. I do still have a couple of complaints:
- Their tech support is sometimes a bit slow to respond, it’s email and/or chat only unless you pay for phone support, I don’t need support with them very often though, so that’s a good thing.
- They don’t use cPanel and some of their dashboard features are a bit confusing until you get used to it. I always do seem to get what I need done though.
- So far I haven’t been happy with Dreamhost’s user backup system, but it is possible to backup through FTP and with phpMyAdmin or by using a WordPress plugin
I’m still very happy with my choice of Dreamhost (I may get a commission for purchases made through this link), I’ve been with them for so long now I don’t even remember exactly how long but it’s getting close to 15 years. The thing I like best about them is they are an ethical/green company (or so they say anyway). I like the fact that in using them I am supporting a company who cares about the environment and that’s very important to me. I’m trying very hard to reduce my carbon footprint. Apparently hosting is quite resource hungry and Dreamhost finds ways to offset their use of resources.
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I just found this article listing and reviewing the companies they consider to be “green”: The best green web hosting of 2019 and Dreamhost is on the list as well as some other very interesting hosting companies. The author of the linked article (not me) does appear to have an affiliate relationship with at least some of the companies on the list, so you need to take that into consideration if you use the article to choose your hosting.
Another resource I use when researching hosting companies is this list of companies who support the free Let’s Encrypt SSL: Web Hosting who support Let’s Encrypt. It’s very important that your website is protected by an SSL these days, not only for security, but also for SEO. Dreamhost seamlessly supports the free Let’s Encrypt SSL and some others on the previously mentioned green hosting article list support it also.
I wish I could be more help to my clients in their search for the perfect hosting company, but technology changes so rapidly and the features the hosting companies offer change constantly as well. I can’t be responsible for what the hosting companies do. I think choosing a company based on their ethics and how much you feel you can trust them is the most important criteria.