Deciding on a web hosting company can be pretty confusing. If you type 'web hosting' in a search engine, you are presented with literally millions of web sites. Some are actual web hosting sites but most are probably 'review' sites. There are so many of these review - directory sites because many web hosting companies pay a commission to the site owner if they get a sale from someone that came from that site. But that does not mean that you should disregard review sites as they can still be quite helpful.
Most review sites which claim to list the best web hosting services do not list companies with bad reputations anyways. Bad webhosting companies quickly get a reputation on the net among webmasters; and nothing makes someone think more badly of a web hosting review site more than seeing a known 'bad' company with a high rating. Review site owners have to have some credibility to continue making commissions!
Also, web hosting companies that can afford to pay relatively high commissions to review sites usually must be doing well to afford to pay these commissions. Shoe-string type web hosting companies; or ones that are losing a lot of customers, typically cannot pay very high commissions.
But its actually pretty easy to see if a web hosting company really IS one of the best web hosting providers
Look at some review sites and note down the companies which are consistently in the top 10 and offer the features you want and are in your price range. Then bring up a search engine and type in the name of the first web hosting provider on your list as well as the word 'forums'. This will bring up any mentions of that web hosting company among internet message boards. Unlike review sites, most information on message boards is just people's honest opinions. Although finding positive posts about the particular web hosting company that you are interested in is the best outcome; it is true as well that 'no news is good news'. If people are not posting messages about that hosting company...then at least you know they don't have a bad rep! Because angry or disappointed people like to vent.
After reading through a bunch of these messages, you'll get a good idea of the reputation the web hosting company has. If you do that for all the companies on your list; you can feel confident that you are in a good position to pick one of the best web hosting services that actually does have a good reputation.By Doug Bane