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When deciding on a web hosting deal, it is beneficial to go beyond host web site hopping. In fact, you’ll be much be much better off visiting web hosting review sites and building your shortlist from there. If you’ve been to web hosting review sites, you’ll understand that getting useful information requires about potential hosting providers can be tiring. In fact, at the end of the day you’ll end up with too much data but not enough information to make an informed decision.
A new web hosting review site that tries to make a difference from the start is webhostingbluebook.org. This is my review of Web Hosting Bluebook, and I hope it will be useful for web hosting seekers out there.
Right from the front page you’ll see that they’ve listed ten of the most reputable web hosting companies along with a nicely layed out review of their services. Reviews are only useful as marketing tools. I find the action in the forums section to be more interesting due to the human factor. Discussions are frank, fast and furious. Web Hosting Bluebook seems to have vibrant activity in its forum. The only downside to it at the time of this review is that it contains only one section: General Web Hosting Discussion.
It would be nice to have a few additional sections. Right off the bat, I think hosting platform specific board like Windows Hosting and Linux Hosting will definitely be welcomed. And since Web Hosting Bluebook is branding itself as a web hosting portal, forums specifically catering to Shared Hosting, Dedicated Hosting and VPS Hosting would definitely have their share of loyal visitors.
In addition to the forums, Web Hosting Bluebook has a gem in its articles section. From basic information like What Is Web Hosting to more complex topics like Microsoft Frontpage Extension, it will definitely be useful for those who are new in the paid hosting realm. If you have difficulties understanding some of the jargon used in the articles, you might want to take a look at the glossary section. Nevertheless, the articles section can definitely be built upon by including more advanced topics like Content Management, SEO and useful Linux shell commands.
There are areas of Web Hosting Bluebook that I don’t find useful namely the hosting directory (which is merely an almost empty page linking to an external site) and the WordPress themes section (why on earth would I want to look for WP themes on a web hosting site?!).
To be honest, Web Hosting Bluebook has potential, but is currently under-developed. They seem to be focusing too much on shared (and budget) hosting when they should look like other related niches like VPS hosting, dedicated servers and co-location deals.
Disclaimer: This review is sponsored. However, this is my objective review of Web Hosting Bluebook.