Web Hosting Reviews Can Help You Choose the Right Host
Hi there! Glad to see you here! My name is Dan, and I’ve created this website to help you find independent, credible web hosting reviews and comments, and help you pick the right hosting company.
More than anything else this website is a friendly web hosting shopping guide, truly focused on honesty, trust and credibility. If you take the time to make complete use of it, you’ll find WHReviews.com to be a lot more than your average web hosting reviews site. The aim here is not to just give you the fish so to speak, but to teach you how to fish for great hosting by yourself if you so decide. For now though, just read the rest of this introductory page. It’ll only take you about 10 minutes to do so.
Why “Web Hosting Reviews”?
Because I strongly believe in the usefulness of sincere customer hosting reviews. As the competition in web hosting industry grows, many hosts prove to be dishonest and treat their customers in an unacceptable manner, in a bid to minimize costs and extract the biggest possible profits.
To add to the problem, like mushrooms after the rain, dozens of unscrupulous “reviews” and “top 10 hosting” websites have appeared. They recommend companies that are widely known as “bad apples” by everyone who’s in the hosting industry and is connected to its reality.
Why do you need WHReviews.com?
Well, I don’t really need it. I just hope you do! Now seriously — all web hosting customers should use credible web hosting reviews to establish the honesty, quality of service, and the level of support of web hosting companies. Second, people looking for good hosting need this website because:
1. It provides a short list of honest web hosting companies, to help you save valuable time that you’d otherwise spend on investigating companies that are… how should I put this… not entirely honest. These hosts deserve the Honest Host Award, and relevant notes of interest are present on the pages dedicated to each of them — accessible via the Honest Hosts menu. (The hosts’ order is randomized, as this is not a top.)
2. It details a method to find honest web hosting companies on your own in the Host search strategy article.
3. It explains many other important things that a customer should know about hosting in the other articles that I wrote. These articles are highly recommended because they highlight many things that regular hosting customers should know about, but are usually unaware of.
Why should you trust this website?
You can trust my website and the things I say because I prove that I tell the truth. I do my best not to get too fond of any web hosting company and to keep my objectivity as intact as humanly possible. That’s one of the reasons I don’t write extensive reviews on this site, explaining my feelings about each company. Besides, I feel almost the same about each and everyone of them. Those reviews would be bo-ring.
I refer you to places where real people expressed their feelings about the companies where they hosted their websites. I don’t want to convince you to choose a certain web hosting company. I want you to decide on your own which is the right hosting company for you. I actually encourage you to investigate other companies, beyond the ones I recommend.
Because my method of finding credible reviews is explained in simple terms in the “Host search strategy” article, you can decide if my method is valuable and trustworthy. I always give you the tools to verify me.
Because I don’t ask for reviews to create my list, I really can’t use the much too common technique of selecting the positive reviews and discarding the negative ones. I even send you to the places where you can find reviews on your own. Also, because I don’t write my own reviews about these hosting companies (independent reviews as they’re often called ), I can’t sell you anything.
And finally, to come up with the list of honest hosts I actually do what anyone should do in order to find an honest web hosting company: I search for credible customer reviews. If I decide to use a hosting company, I list it here.
So… what’s in it for you?
What’s in it for me? That could be a tough question for someone with things to hide. It’s simple for me because it’s always easier to tell the truth.
Well, ideally, this website will help you and it will help me too. It will help you find a very good host that you can stay with for years, and it should help me earn a living. I do have to earn a living because I’m not rich. But I’m sure that money will come if I provide good service to you.
The Advertisements that appear on this site (always marked as such) are just that: ads! They are not selected companies. Of course, you can check them out, and you should do your research on them before you sign-up for their services. I explain to you how to investigate web hosting companies in this article and in a few others, too.
Also, out of 20 web hosting companies currently selected (they were 13 at some point, which was a much more interesting number ), I receive commissions for referred sales from 4 companies. I consider that you, my visitor, deserve my complete sincerity, so I will tell you their names.
They are WebHostingHUB (which I’ve been using for 2+ years now to host this very site, with excellent results), Inmotion Hosting (where I have a VPS) and Hostgator (I have shared hosting account there for the last 6 year) and Yahoo Small Business . If you want to read some of the reviews I found about them click here for Hostgator, here for WebHostingHUB (also WebHostingHub A+ BBB Rating), here for Yahoo Small Business or here for Inmotion.
Those are the ways in which I hope to raise enough revenue to be able to keep maintaining this website. I for one always appreciate sincerity and I hope you will appreciate mine as well! Remember, if you have any doubts, you can always verify the authenticity of the reviews. I encourage you to do so!
Why is WHReviews.com better?
There are all sorts of hosting reviews websites that talk about or collect web hosting reviews, sites posting all kinds of ratings, or top 10 web hosting companies lists. If you spend a bit of time comparing those lists, you’ll see that most recommend a part of the same group of companies.
You might think: “That’s normal. It means those are really the best!”. Unfortunately, no. The reason that the same companies always make it to the “top” is that those companies, one way or another, pay to be listed there.
Most of the time you run across a so-called “top web hosting companies” list, all of the companies listed as run an affiliate program through Commission Junction (www.cj.com).
No, there’s nothing wrong with Commission Junction or with getting paid for referrals. It’s a known fact though, that the web hosting companies running their affiliate programs through Commission Junction offer among the highest affiliate commissions in the hosting industry. So, some “clever” guys thought about it: why not create websites with “top web hosting companies” lists and list these companies as “top”?
The really wrong part comes just now though: they don’t rank them based on the quality of service (although they claim to), but more on the *size* of the commission or how easy it is to sell the hosting package, and with little to no regard for the service quality or actual reputation of the host. The companies offering the highest commissions and the lowest prices will often get the top spots. As far as I know, the only two review sites that don’t have affiliate links on them and rank hosts based on their experience are: http://websitehosting.com and http://topwebhosting.com.
At the time of this writing, I did a research on those those companies myself. Out of over 20 companies, only 2 proved to be quality web hosts according to what real people (their customers) said about them. It’s also true that there wasn’t much to be found about many of the companies. However, what’s really worrying is the fact that except for one company (which is very good indeed), the companies that are usually listed in the top 5 are bad or really bad. In fact, there are so many negative reviews about them (real, honest reviews) that they would easily qualify to be listed in any “top 10 worst web hosting companies”.
What’s so different about your list of hosting companies?
Well, as far as I know, this list is unique. I can’t say totally unique ’cause I really didn’t look that much into it. It’s not like I own a patent here. Maybe someone out there has a similar list, who knows? But from what I know, this list is really one of a kind.
That’s mainly because of the criteria I used to come up with it. As I already told you, to create the list, I relied on real, credible web hosting reviews, posted freely by customers.
Another special thing about this list is that no company can get a listing without having positive reviews in web hosting forums. Also, no company can buy a listing here. I list these companies because I believe them to be really honest. That’s what I value most about anyone, whether it’s a company or a person.
I couldn’t say which one of these hosts is the best. They’re all very good if you ask me. And there is a very important question that I ask myself before I add a company here: “Based on what I read about this hosting company, would I sign-up to use its services without thinking twice?” If the answer is yes, the company gets listed. If not… too bad for them.
What’s the best way to use this website?
Ideally, someone looking for good hosting would come to this website, read this introductory page and realize I can be trusted . The next step should be to read the “Hosting search strategy” article and then the other articles that I wrote.
To minimize the time spent on searching for good web hosting companies s/he should look if any of the companies that I found to be honest (very good) offer what s/he’s looking for. These are the “Honest hosts” listed in the corresponding navigation menu. The order in which they are listed has no real meaning. In fact, their order is automatically randomized now, so if you refresh the page you’ll see a different order (assuming I haven’t enabled caching, in which case it would take a few hours for the page content to update). I believe they’re all very good, and I would find it very hard — if not impossible — to rank them. Besides, it would be like comparing apples to oranges, as some of them are on the budget side, while others are on the high-end side.
One should try to look for recent credible reviews because, for example, it happened before that a very good web hosting company got bought by a not-so-good web hosting company and the service had become a nightmare in a matter of days. Although I try to keep an eye on the companies that are on my list, I’m only human. I apologize for this, but that’s what I am!
Remember that my list of honest hosts is by no means absolute or complete. In fact I know for sure that it is not complete because I still have a list of web hosting companies that seem to be very good, but I just haven’t seen enough reviews about them. In time they might deserve a place in my list.
There are also many web hosting companies out there that are quite large, but not enough reviews can be found about them. That’s sad, but “big” is not a reason for me to list them. Remember, they must be very good as proven by credible reviews made by ex or current customers. “Big” is not a criterion for me because I would not use the service of a company simply because the company is “big”. I want to use a web hosting company that has happy customers. That’s the thing that proves to me that the company actually provides what it promises and that I have real chances to be a happy customer. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’d think so too…