Disclosure: We are a professional review site that receives compensation from the companies whose products we review. We test each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.
Despite the above, we do our best to not be influenced by money by having set criteria for ratings and sticking to those no matter the results.
Why we have a methodology
There are many web hosts out there, far too many for any one person to evaluate. This means that potential customers must rely on review websites like this one. Web hosting companies offer very generous affiliate programs, which means that reviews can be hard to trust.
Like any other web hosting review website, we do use affiliate links when possible. Unfortunately, it is necessary to cover the cost of running the site. Although we are a new review site, we have three full and part-time staff doing the work. You will see this site improve almost daily until it is complete.
Unlike many review websites, our rating criteria are completely objective. On my web host review sites you will see fancy statistics, but then they do not tell you how they weight those statistics and are those statistics even real?
Our current ranking method is very simple, and we plan to improve it.
- We take all the rankings from five other review sites.
- We drop the two lowest reviews.
- We average the reviews to produce a ranking.
- We subtract the average from 100 to produce our rating number.
One question might be why do we only use 5 review sites? The answer to that is that with the number of web hosts, even using 5 is time-consuming. We do plan to expand to 10.
Another question might be why do we drop the 2 lowest ratings? The main reason for this is that out of the 5 review sites, there were 45 hosts ranked on at least 1. Of those, only 12 were ranked on at least 3 review sites. Only two web hosts, HostGator and BlueHost were rated on all of the web hosting review sites, this is because they are the two largest hosts. Though both rate well in our rankings, we didn’t want size to be the only determining factor.
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