DreamHost vs. Google Domains

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
DreamHost
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
DreamHost is a website hosting service with features such as managed VPS hosting, public cloud computing, and dedicated servers. Managed options include WordPress with the DreamPress upgraded service with staging and coaching, WooCommerce hosting, as well as dedicated server hosting.
$3.95
per month
Google Domains
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
N/A
$12
per year
Pricing
DreamHostGoogle Domains
Editions & Modules
Shared
$3.95
per month
DreamPress
$16.95
per month
.com
$12.00
per year
.net
$12.00
per year
.org
$12.00
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
DreamHostGoogle Domains
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
DreamHostGoogle Domains
Considered Both Products
DreamHost

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Google Domains
Chose Google Domains
DreamHost's registrations are tightly coupled with their other services, none of which we use. It's overkill for just domain registration. GoDaddy is also overkill for the same reason as DreamHost.

Gandi.net is a fair comparison and is probably slightly cheaper. However, having …
Chose Google Domains
Google Domains is focused on domain registration only, instead of providing hosting solutions. So it can be a good option if your client has a server but needs a domain for a new website. Also, as it's only one service, it's much easier to use than other solutions and has …
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DreamHostGoogle Domains
Small Businesses
Liquid Web
Liquid Web
Score 7.3 out of 10
Shopify
Shopify
Score 8.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
10Web Booster
10Web Booster
Score 9.1 out of 10
Shopify
Shopify
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
Pantheon
Pantheon
Score 8.8 out of 10

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User Ratings
DreamHostGoogle Domains
Likelihood to Recommend
6.0
(9 ratings)
9.0
(22 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.2
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(2 ratings)
8.0
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
DreamHostGoogle Domains
Likelihood to Recommend
Dreamhost
Dreamhost was previously a great web host with reliable service and top-notch features, but I can no longer recommend them. If you're looking for web hosting on a Linux platform (such as running PHP or platforms like Wordpress, Jooma, or Drupal), with simple pricing services, then this is the great service for you. One big downside is lack of phone customer support. This is especially frustrating because of their many issues the last few weeks, which aren't easily resolved or addressed by their team.
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Google
[Google Domains is] very simplistic and easy to use, so it's very straightforward to register a new domain but it doesn't have some features that other services provide. Also, the integration with other Google Services and domain search tool is amazing.
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Pros
Dreamhost
  • Customer service is industry-best. We've never had a problem that wasn't solved by them almost immediately.
  • Their dashboard is extremely easy to use and doesn't cause any confusion at all.
  • Their website speeds are good but not great. In an age when speed is important, they are good enough, especially for the price.
  • They have a great backup feature.
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Google
  • Process of buying a domain with Google Domains is easy
  • Payment was simple - can use Google Wallet and other forms of payment.
  • After purchase, you can quickly build a website with one of their partners.
  • Email forwarding add-on for free.
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Cons
Dreamhost
  • They could have better deploy solutions for not so experienced users
  • More integration with external services to automate some tasks
  • Better ways to track hosting performance
  • The user management could be easier to understand
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Google
  • Google Domains is pretty good at pre-solving email faux pas such as reply all mishaps. Perhaps a built-in email monitoring tool such as knowing when a customer opens up an email would be good. You can get these features with integrations, but what if it was an internal Google product? Might be nice
  • Email masking was a bit difficult to figure out, but nothing you can't discover with a few Google sessions.
  • I wish I could see more insight into time zones that my customers are in, or scheduling calls on Gcal with timezone awareness. I know this is super hard to code around though.
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Likelihood to Renew
Dreamhost
We have every intention of staying with Dreamhost, but we are a tad concerned with the company's recent involvement in high profile litigation and controversial topics. While we don't take a position one way or another on what type of content they should host, one concern we have is that repeated attacks on their infrastructure have caused significant downtime during business hours for us, and that's something we'll have to take into consideration going forward.
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Google
Unless the product goes away, I'll continue using it.
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Usability
Dreamhost
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Google
When on desktop or mobile, the minimalist design and functionality of Google Domains is welcome. Because we use Google Workplace, the integration is simple. Management is fast and easy, and it offers on-the-go ease. Google is very consistent in its user interfaces and usability, so there’s no wasted time in a new learning curve. And the price is right
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Support Rating
Dreamhost
Whether we're calling in on the phone, live chatting or emailing, we get immediate high-quality, native English-speaking support. This cannot be overstated when it comes to hosting, because support tickets are usually time sensitive and high stress. I've always had great experiences with the limited times we've needed to use DreamHost support. We've dealt with support for many other providers and no one comes close to DreamHost.
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Google
I've never actually had to use support because everything has been very straightforward and I have not had a glitch. I have used Google's support for other items so I can only imagine that it's probably the same support which is decent. They do take a while to get back to you.
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Alternatives Considered
Dreamhost
We've tried a few other WordPress-specific hosts, as well as other shared hosting providers (Rackspace, WPEngine, and others). We have found that DreamHost gives the best balance of cost, performance, and features, for our needs. All vendors have their own pitfalls and shortcomings, and DreamHost isn't without its own, but it works for us.
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Google
GoDaddy is great, but what I really like about Google Domains when compared to GoDaddy is the ease of centralization. Our email, calendar, accounts, domain, etc was all handled in one place and that made things really easy. You could also access domains easily and quickly by being logged into your email, instead of worrying about yet another log in.
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Return on Investment
Dreamhost
  • The service can really be a positive value with its very solid performance and lack of downtime issues found with other services.
  • For those with limited hosting or web development knowledge, the service can be a challenge to fully utilize. Sometimes this may mean additional training.
  • The service also provides a number of expansion opportunities for growing with greater functionalities.
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Google
  • Being able to host my URL with Google Domains is one less thing I have to worry about in my writing career.
  • I'm sure having my URL, which is my name, with Google Domains also helps people find me via Google's search engine.
  • Its ease of integration with other Google products, especially Google Apps for Business, is a huge plus for marketing and day-to-day work.
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