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#148831 2-Jul-2014 12:55
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Has anyone seen a decent Hosting Review Site, specifically for NZ host services?




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  #1078611 2-Jul-2014 13:54
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The ones I have seen overseas, hosts pay to be on them so not impartical. Also the hosts can vet reviews, so IMHO they are pretty worthless from a customer point of view. I think they are more about SEO. The hosts that often rank the 'best' are not often who developers would consider the best or use. 

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  #1078614 2-Jul-2014 14:04
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Think youre on it... mention a name and Im pretty sure you'll get a number of responses with peoples opinions of that particular host.





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  #1078623 2-Jul-2014 14:27
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If you're looking for specifically NZ hosts, GZ is probably a good place for it.  If you want a more global opinion, http://www.webhostingtalk.com/ is the gold standard.



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I agree about the OS review sites.
When I was looking I quickly realized that they were set up as affiliate sites to make money with no real value as to what the actual hosts were like.

But that doesnt get away from the fact that we as a species like to evaluate and are guided by popular opinion. The old "6 billion Chinese cant be wrong" adage. Ok OK i know that's generalizing but there has to be a value in consensus as long as the sample and evaluators are reliable.

So

how do I create a "opinion to help me and also to help others decide.

What are 5 factors you look for in a host
mine are

Cost per month
Unlimited Databases
Unlimited installs of word
Unlimited emails
12 hour online support




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  #1078649 2-Jul-2014 14:56
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gnfb: I agree about the OS review sites.
When I was looking I quickly realized that they were set up as affiliate sites to make money with no real value as to what the actual hosts were like.

But that doesnt get away from the fact that we as a species like to evaluate and are guided by popular opinion. The old "6 billion Chinese cant be wrong" adage. Ok OK i know that's generalizing but there has to be a value in consensus as long as the sample and evaluators are reliable.

So

how do I create a "opinion to help me and also to help others decide.

What are 5 factors you look for in a host
mine are

Cost per month
Unlimited Databases
Unlimited installs of word
Unlimited emails
12 hour online support


I would steer clear of anything that says unlimited for a start, as there  is no such thing, an it is just a marketing term that many overseas hosts use. Their terms will have restrictions, such as limits on the number of files you can store (which usually includes emails). Reliability for a host is far more important, as is good quick support, and servers which aren't overloaded with accounts. Those sorts of things are difficult to judge on a review website. Also I have found that some hosts will pay their cusomters for positive reviews with some form of benefit, so they are also not really that impartial either.



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  #1078718 2-Jul-2014 15:40
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mattwnz:
gnfb: I agree about the OS review sites.
When I was looking I quickly realized that they were set up as affiliate sites to make money with no real value as to what the actual hosts were like.

But that doesnt get away from the fact that we as a species like to evaluate and are guided by popular opinion. The old "6 billion Chinese cant be wrong" adage. Ok OK i know that's generalizing but there has to be a value in consensus as long as the sample and evaluators are reliable.

So

how do I create a "opinion to help me and also to help others decide.

What are 5 factors you look for in a host
mine are

Cost per month
Unlimited Databases
Unlimited installs of word
Unlimited emails
12 hour online support


I would steer clear of anything that says unlimited for a start, as there  is no such thing, an it is just a marketing term that many overseas hosts use. Their terms will have restrictions, such as limits on the number of files you can store (which usually includes emails). Reliability for a host is far more important, as is good quick support, and servers which aren't overloaded with accounts. Those sorts of things are difficult to judge on a review website. Also I have found that some hosts will pay their cusomters for positive reviews with some form of benefit, so they are also not really that impartial either.


I take your point about unlimited etc I just think ther has to be some way to judge. "Servers that arnt overloaded" is there aw way to judge that?




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  #1078754 2-Jul-2014 16:32
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gnfb: 

I take your point about unlimited etc I just think ther has to be some way to judge. "Servers that arnt overloaded" is there aw way to judge that?


Possibly price. I mean if the host is selling hosting for a few bucks a month, they will need a lot of accounts on that server to break even. It is usually the cheap ones that have the worst reputations as a result. 

 
 
 
 




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  #1078934 2-Jul-2014 22:13
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mattwnz:
gnfb: 

I take your point about unlimited etc I just think ther has to be some way to judge. "Servers that arnt overloaded" is there aw way to judge that?


Possibly price. I mean if the host is selling hosting for a few bucks a month, they will need a lot of accounts on that server to break even. It is usually the cheap ones that have the worst reputations as a result. 


Maybe thats where one could start a survey based on price Then people could use the information to make a decision. I use Pricespy to assist in making a purchase I dont always choose the cheapest, other factors come into play , but at least it gives me set of information to work with a the touch of a button. Which makes me wonder if Pricespy have already done it....nope doesnt look like it.  




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  #1082616 7-Jul-2014 18:51
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There use to be a couple of Hosting Review websites of NZ web hosts, but I think most of them are now off-line :-(

I think the best place to ask about any web hosts is here on Geekzone or even Google them.

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