When I think back to all of the different web hosts I’ve had over the years, it’s been quite a decent amount. From my beginning days of hosting my sites for free on AOL member pages, to Tripod Geocities, then finally getting my own shared hosting and eventually dedicated servers, it’s been quite a ride. To many of you, this may sound like a simple task… but think back to the beginning when you had a ton of hosting options and had no idea what was best for you. I’ve jumped around from many different hosting companies, usually because I’ve outgrown the solutions or management of the company, or they were just horrible at support.
Fortunately, as more and more hosting companies are battling for your business, more legitimate review sites are popping up. With review sites you can see the real customer experience and not just a sales page, offering the most web space at the lowest price. In the end it all comes down to support, reliability and uptime.
Solid Individual Web Hosting Reviews
Even with the lack of customer reviews, WebHostingRating.com has done an excellent job on breaking down each web host listed on their site and giving an easy to read, yet important review of costs and what’s included in each hosting package. This is where the customer reviews would really come in handy. While WebHostingReview.com offers all of the basic information, it would really be great to see 10-15 customer responses and how they rate the hosting provider. You can see a portion of WebHostingReview’s review on HostGator below.
One of my favorite features on the site, is the ability to check off different hosting providers on the main page, then clicking the “Compare Plans” button. This feature should be extremely useful for anyone who is looking to purchase their first web hosting, and on a tight budget. Simply check off the lowest priced hosting solutions, then easily compare which is the best for your needs.
Every year the competition for web hosting just gets more saturated and tough. At the same time, more and more users are moving away from free hosting and getting set up with their own domains and shared / dedicated hosting. With more competition, hosting companies are paying hefty commissions to bring in new affiliates (which is the backbone of nearly all hosting review sites). With more participation from active users and the submission of real life customer reviews, the top web hosting review sites will prevail and continue to provide customers with top quality web hosting.
I’m sure many of you have shared and dedicated hosting with several of the hosting providers listed on WebHostingRating.com. Be sure to leave a comment on this post, or head over to their site and leave a full review. Your feedback and testimonials will greatly help those looking for their first (or a new) web host.