For the last few weeks, I've been looking into new web hosting. My current host is, frankly, a bit crappy and I'm looking to trade up. The service hasn't been bad, but it hasn't been great either, and they don't really offer much in the way of features. In particular, I'm looking for subdomains and imap e-mail, which they don't offer.
So now I'm in the middle of the daunting task of picking a new host. I'm finding it quite difficult to locate reliable-sounding information on how good any of these companies are. After all, half of them promise you the moon on a stick for $5 a month with 99.9% uptime and the Dalai Lama working the support line, so it's not like you can take their word.
There are lots of hosting review sites, but many of them appear to be full of shills, with short, useless positive "reviews" that inspire no confidence. So far, Web Hosting Jury is one of the more credible looking review sites I've come across. The reviews tend to be a bit longer and there are lots of highly negative reviews (which means they're not shills). They also have dates and IP addresses attached to the posted reviews, which adds a bit of confidence.
Right now, I'm leaning toward the Lunarpages basic hosting plan. It includes basically everything I want and is pertty well rated. I'm going to be doing a little more research, though, as the last three hosts I thought I'd decided on ended up looking not so great on closer inspection.
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