You know, however, that finding the perfect web host without any help is not an easy task. So you decide to turn to review sites to get all the necessary information that would help you make a wise decision. Yet, you are apprehensive because you cannot be sure if the review is credible to begin with. There is indeed enough reason to be concerned because many review sites are owned by web hosting companies themselves, while others, for whatever reason, are blindly doing their reviews without even conducting extensive research on the web hosting company. No wonder, you can really find a lot of misinformation when it comes to web hosting!
Credible reviews may be far and in between but they do exist. Here are a few things to help you determine if you are reading a factual review or not:
1. Watch out for the tone of the review and the language used. If you are dealing with a credible web host reviewer, you can expect the review to be written in a professional tone with impeccable grammar and no misspelled words.
2. Credible reviews are detailed and specific. While many review sites present their reviews in table format, the better ones of the lot would include a detailed narrative of the review. A good review covers all the essentials of web hosting, specifically uptime guarantees, bandwidth, speed, disk space, customer support, as well as value for money.
3. Sites that conduct reliable reviews are always updated because they are well aware of the fact that web hosts change hosting deals frequently, too. You can check the reliability of a review site by visiting the site of the web hosting company in feature and see if they are consistent with one another.
4. A good review covers not just the positive features of the web host, but also the negative aspects. It shouldn’t have a sales pitch; rather it should help you decide on your own based on the pros and cons presented.
5. Some reviews are written by people affiliated with the web hosting company. The end in view of such reviews is to make a sale and not to inform, that’s why you can expect the review of this kind to be somewhat overrated, not factual at all. Such reviews, therefore, are not what you can consider reliable.
6. It also helps to compare notes with other review sites to check if the pieces of information are the same.
7. Last but not least, search for real customer feedback to support the reviews. If people have already had a remarkable or bad experience with a particular web hosting company, there’s a good chance that they would be sharing their experiences with the world, so be on the lookout for these as well.