So, the big question is how do you really filter out the fake review sites out there? Well, the first sign could be an advertisement like 100% up-time, 100% customer satisfaction and 100% quality; because we know it for the fact that there isn't a single web hosting provider who can guarantee 100% of anything, not even the best hosting providers such as GoDaddy, HostGator, or the likes of them.
Another way to zero-in on the fake ones is to join few credible web hosting communities and popular hosting forums, because we know that a happy customer might not make it a point to give a good review, but an unsatisfied or irate customer will certainly tend to shout it out on these communities. But beware; there are few artificially created communities as well (yes, to make the matters worse!).
The key is to check out as many bad reviews as you can, rather than wasting time on reading the positive paid testimonials. The complaints are normally genuine and they will at least give you a decent hint towards the bad hosts, and the ones must strike off your list. Even if there are some reputed web hosts, you can find their flaws in these bad reviews, which will in turn help you to decide if an otherwise credible and reputed web host is good enough for you. To check out a right mix of bad and good review, you take a look at e-books in Amazon too.
Mentioned below are some of the web hosting review sites who claim they have the genuine reviews but experts have their own doubts about their credibility -
WebHostingGeeks.com – This website attracts customers towards their top 10 hosting services on any niche market. It is excellently optimized for Google ranking and it ranks on the top for some of the best hosting related keywords out there. All this said and done, the biggest loophole is its "Add Customer Review" feature. When you try to send them a genuine user review, you can be almost sure that it won't get published unless your review sounds promotional for one of their top hosts.
I had personally tried sending a long unbiased review of NetFirms that highlighted some of the issues that I had faced with them, but my review was never published, nor did I receive any email notification mentioning any problems with my review.
Upperhost.com – This is an absolute bummer! The number one web host as per this website is Bluehost and the logo of the review website is also the same as the one of Bluehost. No doubts that Bluehost is a very reputed hosting provider, but I certainly doubt about the genuinity of the information given on the site.
Webhostingtoplist.com – This website does not even take the pain of publishing a review. It just has a list of top hosting providers without any justification. That makes it the king of fake hosting review sites.
There are many more out there who are just about directing customers to their clients and not about genuine reviews. These websites should also be given a pass for either the same reasons as above or very similar ones -
Whom Should You Trust?As a customer, be extremely sure of the website you trust, when it comes to reviews of hosting services and their awards; when you do this little research, only your common sense will be enough to catch these fake review websites. A little bit of research will make sure that you stay away from problems after selecting a genuine and competent web host, and make a smart choice.
Having said so, nobody is really perfect, and I don't intend to say that you should discard a web host from your list merely after reading a couple of complaints on the Internet... Your needs may be quite different from the needs of the person who wasn't happy with their services, and hence the same issues may not be applicable in your case. In a nutshell, it's all about finding the best hosting package according to your personal needs, and neither considering just the low cost hosting packages nor going blindly by the recommendations on the Internet, even if it's given by your closest pal (because he could again be an affiliate of that particular web host - ouch! that sounds terrible, doesn't it?).