If you go to Google, and type in something like "best web hosts" or "top 10 web hosts," you'll likely end up with a list of affiliate splogs (spam blogs/sites). Those are sites that claim to rank hosts, but if you're knowledgeable in the field of web hosting, you know it's all fake. These splogger sites simply list the companies that pay the best commissions, and the top site is always the one with the highest payout. Many splogs go so far as to post fake glowing reviews. They don't really care about you, or the quality/integrity of their advice. Sploggers have no ethics. All they want are the affiliate dollars!
I find those sites vulgar and unethical. Affiliate-driven lists are a cancer on the Internet, and to communication in general. In fact, that's why the FTC has been more involved in blogging since 2009, to combat this nuisance.
Unfortunately, many of these top-paying hosts have
Terrible customer support, Horrible uptime -- i.e. hours/days of downtime, long periods of slow access,
And crappy servers that have been overstuffed with too many clients on a single box, to cut costs. (aka "overselling" or "oversellers")
Some hosts are owned by mega-hosts, too -- soul sucking billion-dollar corporations that mow over the whole industry, often firing the North American staff and outsourcing to India to further cut costs. Endurance International Group (EIG), for example, owns at least 55 hosts -- and many of these are listed on those "top host" lists because of their insane payouts (Bluehost, HostGator, iPower, Powweb, iPage, EasyCGI, Fatcow, JustHost, etc). Godaddy and 1&1 are other examples of large well-known hosts that have a terrible reputation for quality of service and tech support
Unlike the fake sites, our rankings are based on server/network performance, tech support quality/knowledge/speed, and competitive pricing. These are the top hosting providers ranked by digitalFAQ.com in 2013. This list is maintained weekly, and always up to date. Our list of overall best hosts, in preference order...
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