Stay away from Web Hosting Talk.
Some rogue moderators have kidnapped the site to their will and while some here say WHT is not related to any hosting company. That is not true for the moderators. The moderators have their own hosting related business which they try to hide. That alone is a big conflicts of interests.
In particular the moderator Bear which has a related hosting site which he will not disclose. This also the reason they never sign anything with a name or signature, not even on support tickets with their customers (not even paid members).
Web Hosting Talk is dropping in activity exponentially. The active users have dropped to a bottom low. You don't see the strong brands that where actively participating before. The quality of topics and users have drastically decreased. I assume some are gone because they don't get along with the moderators, some don't see any value in most topics anymore or just found better alternatives where to spend their time.
And if you read some complaints. Some members even paid subscription's, they get their cards charged, but never receive anything in return. No upgraded accounts, nothing, nada. It seems its a sinking ship if they don't even care about their paid members subscriptions anymore.
If you check all the posts in WHT that still send them traffic, they are mostly old topics accumulated over the years, not really new members.
You could assume this is because the hosting market is shrinking, but yet you see sites like this one, getting more new activity than WHT.