Web Hosting Reviews: can you trust them?

Scrounging the net for a suitable web host, you have come across a few providers that seem to match your criteria. They have all the things that matter, the correct amount of bandwidth and space, unlimited domains, and CPanel. All you need now is a little past customer input and the buy now button will be your next stop. The problem is, every review seems too good to be true. They seem to be written by normal people, but they just lack the unbiased view you need.

So the questions remains, can you trust web hosting reviews? The answer is yes, as long as you follow the right criteria for finding them. The main problem is that most reviews are simply affiliates pushing the service for their commission. This is a regular occurrence, and can be distracting. Finding true honest reviews is a task that takes a little work. The main thing to know is where to look.

reviewFirst thing you should know is to never take into account the reviews left on the web hosting services home page. These are either fabricated, or simply the best reviews they have ever received. Pay them no mind. Now your search will instinctively take you to your favorite search engine. Type in your web hosting company’s name, as well as the word “review”. You will see thousands of different pages claiming to review their astounding service. Most of these will be completely biased, with nothing bad to say about the web host.

The main thing to do now is a get a feel for the fake reviews. They follow a similar format, and regularly use the same look on their pages. Normally, they will be all alone on a single page, with no real depth or content. This is normally a dead giveaway. If you notice the review has a lack of technical information, seems like more hype than fact, and doesn’t even say one bad word about the host, move on, it’s fake.

Finding a trustworthy review can sometimes feel like a pain. The easiest way to find them is to search in the right way. Look for webmaster forums. These places are great for finding an unbiased view on the web host of your choice. Most the users are too smart to sign up under an affiliate link, and as such most users don’t bother putting any in. They simply post to vent out their frustrations about the web host. Simply search for the web host name, and look for anything that could resemble a review. Normally there will be two sides to every argument, but specifically look for the insight on the company’s support. This is the main thing that you cannot find on a spread sheet of facts.

Another place to find unbiased reviews is on large authority sites. They advertise in a different way than small time review websites, and have no reason to fluff the reviews. There are so many different companies to review; being honest will give them more business in the future. To figure out whether a site is an authority, simply take into account its look, the amount of content on it, and its overall tone. These sites look like authority figures. They have a large collection of content to look through, and their review should seem unbiased. Once again, the main thing to take into account is the service and how they treat their customers. If everything seems right, go ahead take the plunge.

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