20 Years in Tech: DreamHost’s Timeline of Fortunate Events

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Twenty years in tech. That’s a long time! DreamHost is almost old enough to rent a car!

We’ve been through a lot over the last two decades, and those events have helped shape who we are today. Life moves fast and, like a blue shell in Mario Kart, there’s no stopping it.

We may have started as a simple web hosting company, but we’ve grown to offer even more advanced services like managed WordPress hosting and powerful cloud computing and storage options.

We’re taking a nostalgic look back at the last 20 years of DreamHost because we’re proud of who we are! After all, if you can’t love yourself, who can you love?

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Back to the Start


  • DreamHost is born! Our four founders register DreamHost.com on September 23, 1997.
  • We sign our first lease in a data center, not a dorm room!
  • Bandwidth pricing was insane by today’s standards. We paid $1000 per megabit on a shared T1 line!


  • Move into our first office building in Huntington Park, California. It’s featured in the seminal Tony Danza classic, She’s Out of Control.
  • Desks are old doors laid across filing cabinets. Real desks are expensive!
  • We throw our first Halloween party — the DreamHost party of the year!


  • We are growing and need to scale! We migrate our backend to entirely new infrastructure, which we call “DH2.”


  • We ramp up marketing in a big way with some crazy sales and limited-time pricing. Customer count starts to climb!


  • We move out of East Los Angeles and open offices in Brea, Downtown Los Angeles, and San Francisco.


  • Resource constraints begone! UNLIMITED disk space, storage, and transfer make their debut to eager customers.
  • Move to a new office in downtown Los Angeles, 50 stories up.


  • We are named to the WorldBlu list of democratic, freedom-centered workplaces!


  • Move away from network storage and start storing data locally on customer machines. Site performance improves overnight for thousands of customers!
  • We define our acceptable use policy. We support the Open Web and all of the thoughts and opinions that come with it.
  • DreamHost is named to the OC Register’s 2010 list of Top Workplaces!


  • A company-wide vote leads us to select Simon Anderson as our first CEO!
  • We sign on to join the OpenStack Foundation!
  • We publicly denounce SOPA to defend free speech.


  • DreamHost partners with Cloudflare to bring the power of a free CDN to our entire fleet of customers.
  • We begin to sponsor WordCamps and team with City Year for a company-wide Day of Service!
  • DreamHost launches DreamCompute and DreamObjects.
  • Our uber-popular Reach Out & Touch You Tour takes us on the road to meet and celebrate DreamHost customers!


  • DreamHost launches DreamPress, our premium managed WordPress hosting offering.
  • We partner with eNom to handle domain registrations and renewals for us.
  • We announce our support of the Open Invention Network and its mission to promote the open sharing and usage of royalty-free software patents to Linux-users everywhere.
  • The inaugural DreamHost user conference, DreamCon, takes place in downtown Los Angeles.


  • DreamSpeed CDN launches, bringing the power of a global CDN to DreamObjects users worldwide.
  • Redhat acquires our spin-off company, Inktank, for $190 million.
  • Dreamhost wins 2014 Business Choice Award from PCMag.com
  • DreamHost rebrands with an all-new logo and website.
  • DreamHost joins Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition).


  • We declare February to be “International Open Source Appreciation Month.”
  • We release our first ever Transparency Report.
  • With our SSD rollout, we bring ultra-fast hard drives with no moving parts to shared hosting, DreamPress, and dedicated servers.
  • We expand our data center footprint to Hillsboro, Oregon, and sign a lease for an office in Portland!


  • Let’s Encrypt brings HTTPS to everyone, and DreamHost is a proud launch partner with fully integrated support.
  • We move our documentation from a wiki to a real knowledge management system and take the wraps off of our own automated Malware Remover called DreamShield!
  • Email at DreamHost got better as we partner with atmail and Vade Secure for better performing, less spammy inboxes.
  • DreamPress receives support for git and multiple domains!


  • We build and launch Remixer, our click-to-edit website builder.
  • DreamHost is named to the 2017 WorldBlu list of Freedom-Centered Workplaces for the 10th consecutive year!
  • We challenge the Department of Justice on an overly-broad records request in the interest of user privacy.
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Brett's the VP of Corporate Communications at DreamHost and definitely not a robot. He tweets as @TremendousValue and it's not great.