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    No I wouldn't trust most of them. Most are just paid sites with affiliate links. although some have actual good customer reviews you have to dig for them for small hosts.

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    I think a bunch of reviews sites are not trustable but some website which PR rank or Domain Authority are good so my opinion they are trustable and helpful.

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    Not all of them are fake. Yes many of them are just money making strategies but you can look for others that are not just making money but also providing relevant information.

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    I really don't trust web hosting review websites based on my own personal experiences. A few years back when I got into the website game I did some looking around and most of the hosting review website were recommending the same hosts so I thought that those hosts must be good.

    That was far from the truth though. I chose one of the hosts from their high ratings and when I had to deal with tech support I found out that their techs were not real bright and not educated and trained to know what they were doing.

    I then cancelled my service with that host and tried another from the review sites rankings. That too was a bad experience as well. Their servers kept going down all the time. Every single day they were down and most of the time they were down several times a day. Their support had no answers as to why this happened and said it happens sometime on all hosts. needless to say I cancelled my hosting service with them and went elsewhere.

    So after two bad experiences based on the recommendations of those review sites I will no longer trust them since they obviously based their ratings on how much referral money they made off of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahwayne741 View Post
    I don't trust any particular one but yes I take my time on researching about and comparing the reviews & providers.
    Are you just doing your researching by reading the reviews?

    If you are then you would be basically just building trust through that source only.

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    Yeah, that's one way for information reference. But i don't consider it all truth. I often read the blogger/reviewer who has used that web-hosting service before making decision. That's just only a factor of hosting reviews.

    Other factors to consider like: prices, what your hosting plans for what purposes, data center locations, speed test/ping time, downtime index, hosting specification, customer service - feedback time, promotions programs,... are also important, and need to be considered.

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    I wouldn't trust them. Most are false reviews. You can look it up on Google and find it in discussion at forums which real people have experienced them give honest review about them.
    But anw, if you find Hostings that appear in every ranking/reviews about which hostings to use then yeah, they're probably can be trusted

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    Everyone here is saying almost the same things I had in mind. Most of these review sites are interested in the commissions. However, those that do comparison tables can help with some useful information to help your decision.

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    We should be careful when we need to select a web hosting for a website. There are two options when we have to use a web hosting. First free web hosting and second paid web hosting. In free web hosting, you share your resources with countless number of users and your website traffic drops after an increase in number of users. Paid hosting are usually considered better, but it is difficult to know if the hosting company provides a better customer service, because some companies use fake reviews.

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    Don't you trust them? You can easily find out some Websites who provide only reviews from the Original Users only. You can trust reviews on those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxoq View Post
    Hey Guys,

    Do you trust hosting reviews websites?

    If yes why? If no why?
    It depends. The main issue is most of these websites are affiliates. I don't have problem if someone make money, but I don't like fake hosting reviews. So, I only trust hosting reviews including a long-term testing. For example, a review after 8 months using a service from a provider. Of course, I will check if it is really true.

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    No, we can't trust some random hosting reviews websites. Most are only promoting brands and campaigns, and as they are paid to convey a few nice things about them, it is not possible to gauge if they have any legitimate stand. And as someone also pointed in the earlier posts that somebsre affiliated, so they can't be always genuine. It's to check the actual stats of the information you're looking for. Also research a bit more to see if they hold any ground.

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    No, I do not trust them because they get paid for to review these sites and the information in the reviews are not accurate. A long time ago I trusted one their reviews and I regret it, the support was terrible and my site was down a lot. So I learned my lesson and I don't trust review sites anymore. It is better to ask on forums for advice.

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    I think some of the reviews are real and genuine but the problem is that the fake ones are always on display first, when you visit a hosting site. You have to scroll down a bit to find any real ones. The fake ones are easy to spot also. The names of the posters are too generic, their comments too flattering. I instead check out review sites for good web hosts. Sites where they have a listing of hosting sites and each site has amassed a certain number of stars. Those aren't perfectly reliable either, but the overall opinion of a web hosting site is far more balanced on that medium, than you'd find on the actual web hosts site itself.

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    Reviews at Google, Webhostinggeeks & Hostadvice are trustworthy, just my 2 cents.

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    Yes, I really trust a Hosting website review but it depends on the rating of the website. But most of the reviews are useless and looking like self-promoted, don't follow such kind of reviews and websites.

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    I don't take what the reviews say to heart. I do read them and use the information to a point. One person's view may not be the same as the next.

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    In most cases, don't trust them.

    if you are going to depend on such reviews, then a hosting review website that allows people to post their experience using the company they are reviewing is the ideal way to go as it gives you an integrative view of the hosting company from the reviewing site and from actual customer's experiences.

    Since some shady hosting companies are getting smarter by the day, it is advisable you look out for average to bad reviews first i.e. 3-star reviews to 1-star reviews before checking out excellent reviews that might have been posted by a paid reviewer.

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    I wouldn't trust them simply because most of them (if not all) are affiliates, so they'll say anything to make sure they get that commission. That's the main reason I would never trust hosting reviews.

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    Its true many web hosting companies pay for fake reviews, but in my experience positive experience is either paid or forced by company while negative reviews are the real one. So check if there are too many negative rules avoid such hosting, ignore the positive reviews.

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    You can usually tell after a couple of sentences if a review is legit or just a puff piece. There are legitimate bloggers whom I trust. Most generic reviews you read though are probably bs.

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    It depends, but the best option by far is to simply pick a host and test out its service. Especially if you're just starting out and do not have a lot of traffic. Whenever possible, check the forums and other places for reviews (on social media profiles, etc.). Also, whenever possible, pick local hosts as using them could save you money in a long run.

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    In general, i don't trust all review websites, as most of them are affiliates. But, there are sites which require the person who is writing the review, to add their email (for example you @ mydomain .com) and they seem more trustworthy to me.

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    I don't trust them, because most of them are affiliates, or most articles are the paid reviews. You can look for some web hosting forums and ask the true users of the web hosting service.

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