Web Hosting Reviews

 and Research
Updated April 30, 2013

Web Hosting Reviews and Research

1. CNET Web Hosting Buying Guide, CNET
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In this extensive article, CNET editors present information about the different types of web hosting services, highlighting services for first-timers as well as for those with large-scale web operations. Questions are presented to help website owners decide on the kind of site they need -- personal, informational or transactional.
2. TopTenReviews.com Best Web Hosting Comparisons and Reviews, TopTenReviews.com
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To support their latest review of web hosting companies, the editors of TopTenReviews.com describe what to look for in a web hosting service, including the hosting package (bandwidth, file sizes, etc.), site creation tools and access. These attributes are then broken down into more detailed criteria that editors use to evaluate web hosting services.
3. TopTenReviews.com 2013 Blog Services Review Comparisons, TopTenReviews.com
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TopTenReviews.com also evaluates blogging services. While the editors summarize the different types of blogs and what to look for in a blogging service, the most useful information is found in the comparison chart, which lists the criteria used to evaluate blog hosting services.
4. Upperhost.com Pitfalls of Cheap Web Hosting, Upperhost.com
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UpperHost.com provides an informative article that addresses the pros and cons of using cheap or free web-hosting plans. The writer highlights the costs of using such a service, including banner ads on your website, file type and size limitations and low bandwidth allotment.
5. WebHostingRatings.com Web Hosting FAQ, WebHostingRatings.com
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This FAQ page provides short answers to some of the more basic questions about web hosting, such as what it is, what virtual web hosting entails and how to keep a domain name when changing a web host. Advanced questions about data size and transfer and other technical issues are also addressed. Many of the short answers are supported by articles written by the editors of the site.
6. WebHostMagazine.com Web Hosting: Beginners, WebHostMagazine.com
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WebHostMagazine offers articles geared toward for users of all different levels, including beginners. Posts cover web host types, security tips and more.
7. About.com Types of Web Hosting: Why Choose One Type of Web Hosting Over Another, About.com
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About.com guide Jennifer Kyrnin gives a thorough comparison of the most commonly used types of web hosting service, from shared hosting to e-commerce web hosting. She briefly explains the basics of each type of service and then highlights the kind of website or business that will benefit from that option.
8. TopWebHostReview.net Types of Web Hosting, and How to Choose Between Them, TopWebHostReview.net, March 11, 2011
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This list, provided by the editors of TopWebHostReview.net, names nine different types of web hosting services, though without any details about what each offers. However, there's a quite extensive list of issues to consider when choosing your service, including security and reliability, bandwidth and interactive tools to support the website.
9. TopTenReviews.com Web Hosting: Which Type Is Right for You?, TopTenReviews.com
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Katie Nielsen's article is linked to TopTenReviews.com's most recent review of web hosting companies. She briefly describes the main web hosting options, giving details about each type and its benefits and costs. She also highlights who best benefits from each type of web hosting.
10. Web-Hosting-Top.com Types of Web Hosting Services, Web-Hosting-Top.com, May 15, 2009
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This article details nine different web hosting options, with brief explanations of each. It also points out some of the pros and cons of using each type of hosting.
11. WebHostingRatings.com Gotchas, WebHostingRatings.com
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The editors of WebHostingRatings.com provide a useful list of things to watch out for when entering into an agreement with a web hosting service. From daily transfer limits to limits on database size to the lack of an emergency customer support number, they highlight what to watch out for in the small print of your contract.
12. Hosting-Review.com All About Dedicated Hosting, Hosting-Review.com
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Highlighting the pros and cons of dedicated web hosting, the editors of Hosting-Review.com offer criteria to help evaluate whether it's time to move from shared web hosting to using a dedicated web server. This site also has articles on blog hosting, cheap hosting and e-commerce web hosting.
13. About.com How to Find a Web Host -- Web Hosting for Your Business, About.com
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Bryan Haines, the About.com guide to online business, recommends that you first figure out what you need from a web host to support your website. The next step is to decide which aspects are most important, such as uptime or bandwidth.
14. WebHostingHub.com What Is Cloud Web Hosting and Will It Work for Me?, WebHostingHub.com
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Although this website is a web host provider, this article about cloud web hosting is useful. The article highlights the scalability of cloud web hosting, where you can draw on additional resources when needed without fear of having your account suspended for overuse of bandwidth or disk space.
15. WebHostingSearch.com Web Hosting in 2013: Key Trends and Predictions for the Industry, WebHostingSearch.com, January 2, 2013
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Editor-in-Chief David Walsh details the web hosting trends he expects to see in 2013, including cloud computing and a rise in virtual private server hosting. He also says that "green hosting" will become a big selling point.
16. WordStream.com What You Should Know About Web Hosting & SEO, WordStream.com, April 19, 2011
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David Murton puts a different spin on choosing a web hosting service by discussing the software and hardware requirements for maintaining a website. He says that security and reliability are important considerations, and that shared hosting is the best option for most small and medium-sized websites.