So far I have reviewed five companies, the ones you see in the comparison table. Why these companies? Because there are the ones I have dealt with in my online career.
GreenGeeks is a small but rather good hosting company. They had some initial troubles, and you can see if you make a search in Google that some people were complaining. Since then GreenGeeks has grown out most of it’s weaknesses. Read my Full Review here!
My goal is to give people a chance to see which hosting company may worth to be tying their fortunes up with. There are loads of sites offering hundreds upon hundreds of hosting reviews – if the number doesn’t actually go into the thousands (I haven’t actually counted).
I have chosen to write my own reviews. Freely added reviews are easily faked and you have no guarantee that you read an actual customer review and not a sales letter from a company or an overzealous affiliate.
Although I have my problems with some of them, sites dedicated to website hosting reveal a number of things that you as a potential customer might be interested in. On most sites you can see reviews of some popular hosting companies. Let’s just take a few examples in order:
InMotion Hosting has an overall rating of 99.42 on one of the review sites. They have gotten 89 reviews out of which 89 ended up recommended the hosting company. Under rating using a scale of 10 (with 10 being the highest rating), you’ll find the following breakdown: 9.96 is the rating for uptime and reliability; responders also gave 9.98 rating for server and connection speed, and 9.96 for customer support and the level of technical knowledge. As you can see, InMotion Hosting gets a near 10 overall ranking, so you may find the hosting company the one you may want to go with. However, there are many others to check out.
Go Daddy: this particular hosting company has not done as well as the previous one under consideration here. The overall rating in this case is only 58.16%. The number of recommendations is actually fewer on the positive than on the negative side. The breakdown is as follows: 42 of 88 reviews say, “yes” to the hosting company whereas 46 say, “no.” The 10 scale gives us further discouraging numbers: the number for uptime and reliability is 7.78 (out of 10) and server and connection speed is only 7.20. The other numbers are even lower, with 5.93 being given for customer service and billing.
The question that comes up for people who are interested in hosting reviews is this: how reliable are these reviews? Are they impartial and honest? Are they slanted in favor of the companies in question? In other words, are the reviewers trying to promote or sell the services of a given hosing company? In which case what you read in a review may not be completely honest. The fact is that all reviewers who evaluate hosting services are bound to be subjective up to a point.
So the subjective factor may not be completely overlooked. People may like certain hosting companies for a variety of reasons, and if anyone dislikes something about a hosting company, the reasons may be large in number. The best thing you can do if you are interested in finding a host for your website is to find a reliable source of information, such as my site.
You should check the websites of the various hosting companies as well. Look over their offerings, their price ranges, etc., before making up your mind to go with one rather than the other. But before you hook up with a host, try and find some reviews. There is no point in playing pig in a poke and just signing up with any web hosting company regardless of their reputation.
This page is a good starting point. I have my alltime top 5 companies listed for you along with my short reviews. I hope you will find them useful!