DreamHost vs InMotion Hosting Comparison

After 2+ years of testing, let’s compare DreamHost vs InMotion and find out how they’ve performed so far…

DreamHost vs InMotion – Testing Method

  • Prior to testing, I have setup identical content on all 8 Live Test Sites
  • Each week over 80,000 speed & uptime tests are run using independent tools, GTmetrix & Pingdom
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  • Test results below are from 04 Apr 2016 to 07 Jul 2018

Test #1: Speed

The GTmetrix Speed Test checks how long it takes for a website to fully load using a desktop internet browser. This test is then repeated every hour throughout the week (1,340 times).

  • DreamHost has been consistently slow, but were still competitive in 2016. This situation worsened considerably in 2017, in particular the last 9 weeks, where their average speed dropped to 7.15s. As a result of these unacceptably slow times, DreamHost was replaced by Lightning Base on 23 Apr 2017.
  • InMotion Hosting’s speed has been a little inconsistent across the last 2+ years. Their load times have been on a bit of a roller coaster, where some weeks they can be the fastest hosts, while other weeks they can drop to slowest. As a result, they find themselves in the middle of the pack.
  • InMotion is currently ranked in 4th place, while DreamHost is 10th in our Speed Rankings.
DreamHost vs InMotion Speed Table - Apr 2016 to Jul 2018

H1 2018 Results

DreamHost vs InMotion Speed Chart - Jan 2018 to Jul 2018
DreamHost vs InMotion Speed Table - Jan 2018 to Jul 2018

H2 2017 Results

DreamHost vs InMotion Speed Chart - Aug 2017 to Dec 2017
DreamHost vs InMotion Speed Table - Aug 2017 to Dec 2017

H1 2017 Results

DreamHost vs InMotion Speed Chart - Jan 2017 to Aug 2017
DreamHost vs InMotion Speed Table - Jan 2017 to Aug 2017

2016 Results

DreamHost vs InMotion Speed Chart - Apr 2016 to Dec 2016
DreamHost vs InMotion Speed Table - Apr 2016 to Dec 2016

Test #2: Uptime

The Pingdom Uptime Test confirms that the website is actually accessible to visitors. This test is then repeated every minute throughout the week (80,640 times).

  • DreamHost’s uptime was acceptable during 2016, finishing mid-table. However, 2017 has been really disappointing, with the last 9 weeks resulting in a downtime of 476 minutes.
  • InMotion Hosting have also performed erratically when it comes to Uptime. Their 2016 performance was positive, finishing 3rd, but as time has gone on, they have progressively dropped away. In 2017 they were 7th and the first half of 2018 has been even worse, dropping to 8th. The downtime InMotion has experienced is almost as much as our 7 other hosts combined (511 vs 608 minutes of downtime). And even when we compare to their own historical performance, there has been a big dropoff (2016 & 2017 combined downtime was 474 minutes, versus 511 minutes in H1 2018).
  • InMotion is currently in 8th place, with DreamHost 9th in our Uptime Rankings.
DreamHost vs InMotion Uptime Table - Apr 2016 to Jul 2018

DreamHost vs InMotion – Overall Test Results

The Overall Ranking accumulates the results from the speed & uptime tests to determine the #1 Host.

  • After being competitive in 2016, and even showing signs of improvement, DreamHost has dramatically fallen off the cliff in the last 9 weeks of 2017. With no actionable solutions coming through from their support team, DreamHost needed to be replaced as they were not able to compete with our other hosts in both speed and uptime.
  • InMotion Hosting’s performance started off as promising but inconsistent across 2016 & 2017, resulting in a ranking of 4th at the end of 2017. Unfortunately the first half of 2018 has been really disappointing, especially when it comes to uptime. The extent of these results has led to InMotion plummeting down the overall rankings.
  • InMotion is currently 7th and DreamHost is 9th in our Overall Rankings.
DreamHost vs InMotion Hosting Overall Table - Apr 2016 to Jul 2018

How do DreamHost & InMotion compare to our 8 other Hosts?