I find that many of these companies have made their profits based on large affiliate payouts.
The reviews are seldom based on any experience with the company at all but more so based on the person ability to make money from the review hoping that people will click on signature affiliate links.
I don't trust any of the reviews for so called top ten hosts unless there is absolutely no affiliation.
That is true, most of the top 10 lists online are affiliates of those that they list or paid by the companies themselves to get listed. Just the way most of it works online.
agreed, I'm with HostGator right now and couldn't be happier. $10/m for 600GB of diskspace (using 200+GB now ) is too awesome. Other budget hosts i had good experiences with were JaguarPC and hostNine ( thumbs up!). However Hostgator really beats the rest flat...
My choices are Host Gator and IX Web Hosting. This is not based on affiliate payouts but I have been using them for my clients' sites for over a year. They are my favourite because they are affordable, reliable and attend to me well when I have a problem. I give the thumbs up to Host Gator for their excellent reseller hosting plans.
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