Last Updated: August 5th, 2021
What do you mean "Unlimited"?
What we mean is, you don't have to worry about disk storage or network
transfer when your site gets popular.
You DO still have to worry about plenty of other things though...
if your site isn't well optimized and is causing issues for others on
your shared server (either because it's pounding the CPU, hogging RAM,
or doing tons of disk I/O), you may be asked to sign up for your own
DreamHost Private Server.
Trust us, every host out there has exactly the same limitations...
we're just trying to be up front about them!
What about VPS and DreamPress?
The Unlimited Policy will no longer apply to any DreamPress accounts,
nor to VPS machines provisioned on or after November 12th, 2014. The
specified disk allotment will be listed on the sign-up page for each VPS
and DreamPress plan offered.
It should be noted that the Unlimited Policy still applies to any
existing VPS machines provisioned before November 12th, 2014! For
machines that were provisioned before November 12th, 2014, the unlimited
plan will remain in effect, even during renewals. DreamHost reserves the
right to change pricing with notice to customers 30 days prior to
renewal. Amount of network transfer is unlimited on all VPS services.
What about databases?
You're certainly allowed an unlimited number of MySQL databases, but in
the interest of server stability, MySQL databases on any shared hosting
platform are limited to 3GB in size per database. Databases on a MySQL
VPS platform are unlimited in size, but we request that you try to keep
In order to keep the mail system operating smoothly, there are some
restrictions on email storage. The number of email addresses that can be
created on an account is dependent on your chosen email or hosting plan.
All email addresses have a 25GB storage limit. All forward-only mail
accounts are limited to 10 forward addresses.
What's not allowed in "Unlimited"?
Basically, sites whose essential purpose is to use disk or
bandwidth. When making a website, you should be thinking about "How
can I make an interesting site for my visitors while minimizing my
server storage, bandwidth, file system, memory, and cpu impact as much
The result will be a better experience for your visitors, your web host,
Here are some specific examples of things not allowed:
- Copyrighted content to which you do not hold usage or distribution
- File upload / sharing / archive / backup / mirroring / distribution
- A site created primarily to drive traffic to another site.
- Making your account resources available (whether for free or pay) to
the general public.
DreamHost reserves the right to delete data stored on our servers that
violates any of the terms in the Unlimited Policy, and, generally, in
our Terms of Service.
DreamHost has sole discretion to determine what does, and does not
violate either policy.
Hey, that doesn't sound very "Unlimited" to me!
Actually, for you, my dear Legitimate Website Owner, it is
This whole page is just to announce to the <.1% of people who want to
try and run free porn affiliate sites or anime video trading forums or
host pirated rips of The Dark Knight on DreamHost that we're not
But our pledge to you is to do our best to always keep your website,
with the content you created, UP... no matter how many times you
get Slashdotted or