Give importance to web hosting reviews during your search for web hosting companies. Many companies have come up in recent years offering wide range of services. There are thousands of bigger and smaller web hosting companies. And there are cheap, not-so-cheap and expensive web hosting services.
Economically you should prefer a cheap web hosting company. But cheap is not always good. But then high costing hosting service is not always good either. The best way to figure out the best company is to research the reviews of web hosting companies from genuine clients.
The best place to look for web hosting reviews is the open, public forums. Everyone is free to express himself / herself there which also include the web hosting customers. The posted review stays on the forum unedited for viewing by the third parties.
Forums also some setbacks, such as business owners writing good reviews for their own company or business competitors writing negative reviews about competitors, but these are rare cases and if there are any doubts regarding the reliability of the reviewer, the forum participants can ask for explanations. Bottom line is that the public forums are a valuable tool for finding out the reputation of a certain hosting company.
Not all reviews are the same. Some are more valuable than others. Some maybe more detailed while some maybe basic. It is also significant who writes the review. If a single reviewer has a large number of posts in the forum the defiantly you can give more credit to his words and if the profile shows a website URL then there is no need to worry.
WebHostingTalk, HostHideout etc are few of the good web hosting forums as they are more populated. DMOZ - hosting category will help you in figuring out more web hosting chats and forums.
How do you search for a review of a particular XYZHosting company?
Step 1: Go to the Search page of that forum and type the name of the company i.e XYZHosting in the appropriate field. Also look for results you will get for XYZ Hosting(with space between XYZ and Hosting). Then hit the search button.
Step 2: If the results are unsatisfactory then create a new thread and ask for customer reviews on that company. You can only ask for reviews by getting yourself registered on that company.
The best way of asking for reviews will be to choose maximum 2 or 3 companies and ask for their reviews. You get better results if you concentrate on just a few companies. Also specify that you're looking for customer reviews to prevent people from posting "I heard that they're good / bad" stuff.
Step 3: Select 2 or 3 companies on already existing customer reviews. You can choose any one of them. In this case you can afford to go for the one that is cheaper in comparison to others.
Another note of caution: Reading those threads can be a very time consuming task. It can sometimes take you more than 4 hours to read all the threads about a single company. If you decide not to use my list of "very good" web hosting companies, be prepared to spend a lot of time searching and reading on those forums.
Do not pay the company for the whole year in advance. Pay monthly so if you don't like the services you can always discontinue. This will however work for companies offering free one month trial. Also remember that no hosting company will have only happy customers. So don't fret if you find an occasional negative review or opinion.
So with all the above guidelines we hope you will find out a suitable hosting company for your requirements.
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