We created our Top 5 lists as an easy way for you to compare the key features of the leading brands in a category. There are quite a few things we consider when we put together a list, especially when it comes to deciding how to order the featured brands. Let’s take a look at the most important ones.
Our goal is to save you time by simplifying and clarifying the buying process, so we only present products and services that our reviewers have evaluated as the best examples of their kind. We make every effort to stay up to date by modifying or adding to the list to reflect changes in the market.
The main features we look for are private domains, a control panel that balances simplicity and power, sufficient bandwidth and reliable site backups. Beyond those key things, additional features, such as free marketing tools and website builder software will set the best sites apart from the rest.
It doesn’t matter how well-designed your site is, without reliable hosting it will all be for nothing. We award top marks to the hosting services with the cutting-edge infrastructure necessary to ensure that your site always loads first time, without glitches or downtime.
After uptime, website speed is one of the most important considerations when choosing a host. Nothing turns visitors away like slow page-loading. Whether you opt for shared or dedicated server space, you want to be certain that pages load before potential customers get bored.
VALUE FOR MONEY
What you need from a hosting service will depend on the type of site you run. Every hosting company offers a slightly different package of core and special features, but what we’re looking for here is competitive pricing on the key features, with a clear pricing policy and no hidden surprises.
HELP & SUPPORT
The technical nature of web hosting means we place extra weight on the quality and availability of support provided. For top marks we look for easily comprehensible guides and tutorials, as well as knowledgeable customer support agents who are contactable by chat, email and phone.
We encourage our users to rate, comment and share their experiences. Customer reviews and ratings get the most weight in our evaluation, but we also consider user comments, especially when they reveal long-term issues or complaints that might not emerge during the review process.
Data gives us a clear picture of how our users feel about a particular brand. We can measure interest in each company’s product or service by monitoring the number of users who visit their website, as well as the conversion rate. The conversion rate measures how many people sign up with – or purchase from a – brand after visiting their website to learn more.
One thing you can count on though, is that every product/service that we place on our list is among the very best currently available online.