Analysing the Authenticity of Web Hosting Review Sites

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If you're currently on the lookout for a new web hosting service then you can literally see hundreds of review websites on the web explaining why certain hosts are good and what awards & recognition they have received. Unfortunately, most of these web hosting review sites are nothing more than affiliate marketers who passively promote certain web hosting services based on their affiliate payout levels.

So how do you filter out the fake review sites out there? Well, the first sign could be reviews that tout 100% uptime, 100% customer satisfaction and 100% quality, because we know it for a fact that there isn't a single web hosting provider who can guarantee 100% of anything, not even the best hosting providers such as GoDaddy or HostGator. Another way to zero-in on the fake sites is to join a few credible web hosting communities and popular hosting forums. However, beware; there are few artificially created communities as well.

The key is to check out as many bad reviews as you can, rather than wasting time on reading the positive paid testimonials. The complaints are normally genuine and they will at least give you a decent hint towards the bad hosts, and the ones you should strike off your list.

Hosting Review Sites

  • WebHostingGeeks.com – This website attracts customers towards their top 10 hosting services on any niche market. It is excellently optimized for Google ranking and it ranks on the top for some of the best hosting related keywords out there. All this said, the biggest loophole is its "Add Customer Review" feature. When you try to send them a genuine user review, you can be almost sure that it won't get published unless your review sounds promotional for one of their top hosts.
  • Upperhost.com – The number one web host according to this website is Bluehost, and the logo of the review website is also the same as Bluehost's. No doubt Bluehost is a very reputable hosting provider, but this site seems less than reliable.
  • Webhostingtoplist.com – This website doesn't even bother to post reviews: it just has a list of top hosting providers without any justification. That makes it the king of fake hosting review sites. There are many more out there who are just about directing customers to their clients and not about genuine reviews. These websites should also be given a pass for either the same reasons as above or very similar ones :
    1. WebHostingChoice.com
    2. Hosting-review.com
    3. Firstwebhosting.net and
    4. Webhostingtoplist.com

    Whom Should You Trust?

    A little bit of research will make sure that you stay away from problems after selecting a genuine and competent web host, and make a smart choice. Having said this, nobody is really perfect, and you shouldn't discard a web host from your list after reading a couple of complaints on the Internet. Your needs may be quite different from the needs of the person who wasn't happy with their services, and the same issues may not be applicable in your case. In a nutshell, it's all about finding the best hosting package according to your personal needs, and neither considering just the low-cost hosting packages nor going blindly by the recommendations on the Internet.