Not all web hosting service providers are created equal, and that’s a fact. If you’ve ever been turned off by the complexity and confusion of a jumbled up user interface, been overcharged for domain names and hosting, or waited days for a support ticket to get answered that seemed to have been abandoned, then most likely, you’re with a crappy host service.
Webmasters and blog owners deserve better. But where do you begin? With hundreds of hosting service providers out there (perform a Google search if ye’ be brave enough), how do you know which is the best? The short answer is that you don’t need to, because Web Hosting Secret Revealed (WHSR) is a web hosting reviews site without a bias.
Background on WHSR
WHSR is the brainchild of Jerry Low, the site’s sole owner and contributor. He started the site after a terrible experience with Network Eleven, a host he frequently decries throughout the pages, and after having found no legitimate host review sites that dig deeper than the surface. In contrast with his competitors, Jerry actually signs up, launches, and manages sites with the provider’s integrated products and features before writing a review.
Jerry has been working with Hostgator, Bluehost, and Lunapages for over 5 years, and he’s constantly signing up for new accounts on multiple providers, all in an effort to bring about the most thorough, subjective reviews he can produce. One brush over his site, and you’ll get the feeling Jerry has accomplished a pretty respectable feat in and of his purpose alone.
What you’ll see on the site
The first thing we did in our review of WHSR was to take a look at the sitemap. With more than 250 links to various articles, blog posts, and pages, the first impression is that the site is well populated. As far as the overall style of writing is concerned, the articles and reviews are easy to read whether you’re a beginner or a pro.
We especially like that the pages are tailored to the reader’s need for visiting the site, an attribute that a long-standing blog tends to develop only over time. For example, if you’re new to web hosting services and this is your first blog or site launch, cruise over to the “Hosting Classroom”, a virtual vault of information, definitions, how-to’s, and beginner’s introductions to the vast world of web hosting.
And if you’re just looking for a review of a specific provider, Jerry has probably already covered them, and you don’t even have to look that hard – simply click on the “Web Hosting Reviews” tab. If finding out which host providers are great at what is your approach, check out the “Hosting Awards” page, broken up by specialties and categories. Compare and contract providers that have the best prices, or find out who offers the best business hosting (Hostgator took that award – check out Jerry’s review here).
One last piece of content on the site worth mentioning is Jerry’s interview with Jason Cohen, co-founder of WPEngine, back in mid-2010. A serial web entrepreneur well known in the WordPress development community, Jason launched WPEngine as a hosting platform specifically for WordPress-based sites and blogs. In an extensive Q&A session, Jerry picked Jason’s brain about the speed, scalability, and security his platform provides in a fun and interesting dialogue. Read the interview here.
Why not let someone else do the leg work for you when choosing your hosting provider? The reviews at Web Hosting Secret Revealed are first-hand accounts of a real customer, not just copy-and-paste text from the provider’s sales pages. Don’t get burned by a bad host ever again!