DreamPress overview

DreamPress is DreamHost's managed WordPress hosting. It's a scalable service that allows users to manage their WordPress sites with simple pricing, added benefits of server robustness, caching, and memory.

Behind the scenes, it ties together different pieces of DreamHost's existing technology into a cohesive single unit. Below are all the details of this new service.

Technical details

Each DreamPress instance is set up on DreamHost's cloud computing service called DreamCompute. New DreamPress services:

  • are provisioned automatically
  • disallow root, sudo, and FTP access (You can still log in via SFTP or SSH)
  • auto-scale RAM (memory) dynamically (customers cannot modify the RAM allocation)
  • come installed with a free SSL 'Let's Encrypt' certificate

Additionally, DreamHost added Varnish as a caching layer, which:

  • is set up automatically for the DreamPress customer
  • listens on port 80
  • responds to web requests as a proxy in front of the Apache and PHP WordPress stack
  • is extremely efficient at caching content
  • allows this set up to scale to very high levels of traffic
  • comes with a Unique IP

Apache runs on port 81 and is still publicly accessible.

Service restrictions

DreamPress is a managed service, which means DreamHost has restricted certain actions that users can take that would irreparably break their WordPress site.

DreamPress offers three different hosting plans for a single or multiple sites. You can also mix and match it with Shared, VPS, and Dedicated hosting as well.

Current restrictions

  • Unable to manually set memory. The memory is configured and scales automatically.
  • No admin users or root SSH keys.
  • No FTP access. One SFTP (optional SSH) user and the domain you choose will be configured automatically.
  • Unable to add or remove databases or hostnames. The database and hostname will be created automatically for WordPress.
  • Unable to add Wildcard DNS.
  • Unable to delete the SSL certificate automatically installed.
  • Unable to adjust HTTPS settings.

User support

DreamPress comes with support from some of DreamHost’s top tech support, who also have experience in WordPress. After intensive training and evaluation by in-house WordPress core contributors, they were selected as the best-in-class to represent DreamHost and WordPress, and help you with any problems with your DreamPress site. If they don’t know the answer, they know how to find someone who does.

All that said, please note that DreamHost support is not a replacement for an actual website developer (should you need one); DreamHost can help install/configure plugins, but cannot make custom plugins or themes for you. Also if a plugin or theme is causing problems, the only support DreamHost may be able to provide is disabling the plugin/theme and suggesting alternatives.

See also

DreamPress specific articles

General WordPress articles

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