The decision of choosing a web host should never be made arbitrarily without any research. Because if you do not take care now, your web hosting may not be able to take care of your business in future. And one of the methods of doing this research is reading web hosting companies reviews.
You might be asking the question that why you need to do this research about web hosting companies. The fact of the matter is that most of the web hosting companies are making the same claims about their services and the features offered by these companies are also more or less standardized which means that it is quite difficult to gauge about their quality without going through actual web hosting companies reviews.
These web hosting reviews are an indicator of how well the company has been performing in the past. These are also indicative of how well the company handles its customers complaints.
When i say you should be reading web hosting companies reviews, i do not mean that you should read reviews that are posted by different websites as affiliates because these reviews are always full of praise for the web hosting company that is being reviewed. Because the main purpose of such affiliate reviews is to sell web hosting as an affiliate of the company under review and make a few bucks. Such reviews can be easily judged from their language and tone.
So the question arises that where should you go for knowing the real picture about web hosting companies reviews?
One of the best places to read some unbiased reviews is the most popular web hosting forums. The most popular right now is WebHostingTalk.com where you can see people reviewing web hosting companies in an objective manner. Though there are some planted reviews on these sites too but you can easily find a large number of reviews by real customers who give their genuine feedback about the services, speed, support etc about a web host. In case of VPS hosting, you may find reviews on LowEndTalk.com and LowEndTalk.com quite helpful.
Another thing to be kept in mind about these web hosting companies reviews is the duration of the service after which a customer has posted a review. If someone posts a review after a few months of service as a client, then such a review is more reliable than someone posting a review only after a few days of being a client of a company. Such forums also ensure that when you post a review, you are required to produce a proof that you are an actual client of the company.
Another good website for reliable reviews are ReviesSignal.com where you may also find websites rated on the basis of reviews. You may also read the support forums for reading complaints or web hosting companies reviews. Though these forums are moderated but still you might be able to have a glimpse of the kind of service that is being offered to existing clients.