Unlike many other review sites, we rarely use users input unless their identity and account ownership are proven. This is to avoid getting stuck in the war between two hosting companies.
Review Factors: Things We Evaluate
There are six main aspects we look into when we assess a web host:
After sales support
User friendliness / customer care policy
Company reputation / feedback from legit users
Price / Value for money
We setup test sites at different web hosts and ask questions from a user's point of view:
What is the average 30 days server uptime?
How quick / slow is the server loading?
Is the user control panel comprehensive and easy to use?
Is the pricing and refund policy fair?
What are the limitations written in company's ToS?
What other users are saying about the company?
Is the support staff friendly and knowledgeable?
Is the host value for money in *long term*?
There's no rocket science in finding a hosting service that matches your needs. You are more than welcomed to learn from our web host choosing guide and make your own call.
How WHSR Star Rating Works?
At WHSR, hosting companies are rated based on a 10-step, five-star-rating system – with the highest mark as 5-star and lowest 0.5-star.
The star-rating can be seen in every hosting review article we published (sample) and in the large table we built in our review index page.
To determine this score, we use a 80-point rating checklist to rate a web host and benchmark it against their long term (we use four years span) cost.
The idea is to compare hosting services with different price ranges on a leveled ground.
The simple maths behind this:
X = Hosting score at 80-point check list
Y = (monthly signup price x 24 + monthly renewal price x 24) / 48
For Y < $5/mo, Z = Z1
For Y = $5.01/mo - $25/mo, Z = Z2
For Y > $25.01, Z = Z3
Final star-rating = X * Z
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How WHSR makes money?
WHSR make money from affiliate commissions and web advertising.
We get paid, in form of cash or other form of rewards including free hosting credits, Amazon gift cards, or links.
That said, however, our reviews are based on objective analysis and we do not compromise our host ratings based on ad revenue.
We believe that there's a market for every hosting company out there. Our job is to provide the best information to our users and match them with the right hosting service.
How affiliate program works?
If we have an affiliate deal setup with a company and you click from our site or use our promo code to purchase, we earn a commission.
Purchasing via our affiliate link does not cost you more. In some occasions, our affiliate links can help you save money as some brands offer exclusive discounts to our users (due to WHSR's unique position in hosting market).
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