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Type Private company
Founded Claremont, California, 1996[1]
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA
Key people Dallas Bethune, Josh Jones, Michael Rodriguez, Sage Weil
Industry Web hosting service, Domain name registrar
Products Web services
Website www.DreamHost.com

DreamHost is a Los Angeles-based web hosting provider and domain name registrar. It is the web hosting branch of New Dream Network, LLC, founded in 1996 by Dallas Bethune, Josh Jones, Michael Rodriguez and Sage Weil, undergraduate students at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, and registered in 1999 by Michael Rodriguez.[2][3] DreamHost began hosting customers' sites in 1997.[4]


Web hosting

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A screenshot of the post March 2007 DreamHost Control Panel

DreamHost's shared and dedicated hosting network consists of Apache and lighttpd web servers running on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.[5] Customers have access to a control panel that includes integrated billing and a support ticket system. DreamHost's staff contribute to an official blog and a customer support wiki.[6]

File hosting

In 2006, the company began a beta version file hosting service they call "Files Forever".[7] The company states existing customers can store files "forever" after paying a one-time storage fee, and may redistribute or sell them with DreamHost handling the transactions.[8]

Free application hosting

In 2009, the company began offering free web application hosting. Either with their own domain, or with a free subdomain, customers are able to make use of a number of open source applications, such as WordPress and MediaWiki without charge.[9] The service is similar to, and can be integrated with, the Google App Engine.[9] Through a control panel, customers are able to manage their applications or upgrade to the standard, fully-managed hosting service.


In July, 2006, two power outages in the building housing DreamHost's datacenter caused significant disruption to services offered by DreamHost, Media Temple and MySpace.[10][11] A year later, approximately 700 websites and 3,500 FTP accounts hosted on DreamHost's servers were compromised. In response to the incident, the company made some changes to improve security.[12][13][14] The following January, DreamHost accidentally billed some users for an extra year's worth of services, which they initially reported as $7.5 million in extra charges.[4][15] The company later stated the final total was $2.1 million.[16]


  1. "WHOIS information for newdream.net". http://whois.domaintools.com/newdream.net. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  2. "Company History". Unofficial DreamHost Blog. January 24, 2001. http://blog.dreamhosters.com/kbase/index.cgi?area=577. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  3. "California LLC Registration Search". ca.gov. http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/corpdata/ShowLpllcAllList?QueryLpllcNumber=199904910092. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Perez, Juan Carlos (2008-01-15). "Update: Billing nightmare for DreamHost customers". InfoWorld. http://www.infoworld.com/t/platforms/update-billing-nightmare-dreamhost-customers-538. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  5. Schroder, Carla (October 1, 2007). "Dreamhost Driven by Linux-Enhanced Economics". Enterprise Networking Planet. http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/netsysm/article.php/3702756. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  6. Berlind, David (August 3, 2006). "Honesty, transparency can offset customer service disasters". ZDNet. http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=3419. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  7. Penalva, Javier. "Files Forever, nuevo servicio de DreamHost" (in (Spanish)). Genbeta. http://www.genbeta.com/web/files-forever-nuevo-servicio-de-dreamhost. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  8. Jones, Josh. "Files Forever: Revision as of 20:37, 29 November 2006". DreamHost Wiki. DreamHost. http://wiki.dreamhost.com/index.php?title=Files_Forever&oldid=7642. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Lee, Justin (January 9, 2009). "DreamHost Offers Free Apps Hosting Service". The Web Host Industry Review. http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/010909_Dreamhost_Offers_Free_Apps_Hosting_Service. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  10. "MySpace Outage Pinpointed at LA Telecom Building". Netcraft. July 25, 2006. http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2006/07/25/myspace_outage_pinpointed_at_la_telecom_building.html. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  11. Miller, Rich (August 2, 2006). "LA Hosting Providers Slowed by Power Problems". Netcraft. http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2006/08/02/la_hosting_providers_slowed_by_power_problems.html. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  12. Leyden, John (June 7, 2007). "Hackers load malware onto Mercury music award site". The Register. http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2007/06/07/dreamhost_hack/. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  13. Miller, Rich (June 6, 2007). "Mass Customer Site Hack at DreamHost". Netcraft. http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2007/06/06/mass_customer_site_hack_at_dreamhost.html. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  14. "iFrame used to spread Malware on prominent Legal and Music sites including Clintons and the Nationwide Mercury Prize". ScanSafe. 2007. http://www.scansafe.com/news/press_releases/press_releases_2007/scansafe_threat_center_warns_of_drive-by_malware_on_up_to_3,500_websites. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  15. Sparkes, Matthew (January 17, 2008). "Typo causes $7,500,000 mistake". PC Pro. http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/157026/typo-causes-7500000-mistake.html. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  16. Jones, Josh (January 17, 2008). "The Final Update". DreamHost. http://blog.dreamhost.com/2008/01/17/the-final-update/. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 

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