A Big Problem
When you need web hosting, you might Google something like web hosting reviews. A bunch of reviews turn up and you find that many are quite glowing, which gives you confidence to go ahead and sign up with one. You might even sign up for a long contract to save a few bucks. They said it was one of the best hosts.
The problem is that many hosting review sites mislead you to "earn" commission.
Web hosting affiliate programs have some of the highest commission rates of any industry. Commissions commonly exceed $100, even $200. There's nothing bad about affiliate programs themselves. The problem is an abundance of affiliates with questionable ethics who setup "review" sites. They craft a flattering presentation of scores and reviews for their selection of high commission web hosting providers. The primary goal of this type of marketer is not to help you make the best decision but to "earn" for themselves as many of the largest commissions as possible. Sites like these are unfortunately very common.
The difficulty in determining which web hosts are truly the best choices has bugged me for years. As a web developer who first signed up for hosting in the 1990's, I've been asked many times for recommendations. I can tell you who I like but that's not good enough. One person loves a host while another hates it. This is true of all hosts. Multiple real opinions are needed in order to see the big picture and make the safest decision.
My solution is to draw conclusions from what customers say on social media about their web hosting providers. Hundreds of micro-reviews are volunteered every day! You don't have to take an anonymous website owner's word for anything. The information given is public for everyone to look at and probe.
Nobody can keep a sufficient eye on Twitter by themselves so my system automatically collects hosting-related tweets around the clock. They go into a queue for me and my helpers to process. Tweets that clearly express a good or bad experience are marked as such. If the user's statement is in regard to a specific aspect of hosting (support, uptime, etc.), that is noted too. The micro-reviews and the data derived from them are then presented on this site as a guide for you.
Since people are more likely to tweet dissatisfaction than satisfaction, overall scores are generally low. Comparison is the key. My system ranks hosting providers based on their ratio of positive to negative reviews. This provides a good idea of which providers are average, better than average and worse than average. Charts are also generated to give you an idea of how individual hosts compare in different categories and over time.
No affiliate links are used. In theory, they could be used while presenting the very same verifiable data from social media. The problem is that since so many hosting review sites are shams setup by the unscrupulous type of affiliate, a good number of people would probably be skeptical even of a site like this that uses public data. I have some alternative ideas for monetizing this site that you can read about in the FAQ.
Don't be surprised that the rankings here are drastically different from what you see on virtually all other hosting review sites.
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