Why Web Host Ranking Sites are Scams
How to Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Web Hosting Rankings
If you ever want to create your own webpage but don't quite know what you're doing, the first step to take is to find a place to purchase a domain name and host the site. So you think, as I have, “I I'll just go to Google and find out which hosting site is the best/cheapest/most reliable, etc.” Well wait right there! It runs out that in the utterly unregulated world of the Internet web hosting rankings have become completely corrupted by advertising and scams. Let's just take a few examples to start with. A Google search of “best web hosting" provides Websearchgeeks.com as the first entry. If you click on it you find that two sites you've probably never heard of, even if you are interested in making websites, are the top choices. They are Inmotion at number 1 and “Just Host” at number 2. Well that doesn't necessarily mean that they are unreliable, what gets them is the ads on their page. At the top there is one for “Just Host” and on the left there is one for Inmotion!
If you look up either of these you will discover that both of these companies' home pages are designed with that sparse look common to scam pages that always has lots of stock photos of people smiling. That's a red flag right there. And their prices blow away anything the competition that legitimate hosting sites, like GoDaddy or HostGator, offer so why aren't they extremely popular and successful and why haven't they driven the prices of those sites down? I think we all know the answer.
If you continue you wil find that hostseeq.com also gives Inmotion as the best and JustHost as second. Findmyhosting.com also has JustHost as the best. There are literally hundreds of these sites and it's very possible that there are a couple reliable ones out there but they are few and far between.
So what do you do if you need to find a host? First you should check out the websites of well established companies that you have actually heard of. They're practically guaranteed to give better customer service and provide more options. Word of mouth is also useful. If you have a friend who owns some sites ask him/her about it first. In other words, just be skeptical and be careful. Remember, you're going to be giving these people upwards of a hundred dollars for a domain name, a year of hosting, etc. so make sure that you give all of that money to a company that will actually do what you want it to do. It may cost you a few extra bucks but if you go and read any of the horror stories out there about bad hosting you'll know that it's so, so worth it.
Join me next time when I tell you how to actually find a good host!
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