Unleashing the Best Web Hosting Service


Most readers of John Chow dot Com are active members of the internet community. Many of us are bloggers, for example, so issues surrounding search engine optimization, domain registration, and web hosting are always on our minds. It can be tough researching which host is best for our needs, which offers the best deals, which is the most reliable.

Web Hosting Unleashed asked us to do a ReviewMe review of their site and my initial impression is that it’s a great resource that helps you compare all those web hosting companies out there. Naturally, there’s huge value in all that research and as an informed consumer, you want to know what you’re getting yourself into. After all, you typically sign up with a web host for at least a year at a time.

The Brains Behind The Operation

Web Hosting Unleashed was originally launched in 2002 “to help people find good hosting” and it was subsequently acquired by Ben and Joel in early October 2006. When they bought the site, they found that the concept was great, but it didn’t exactly have the best design and the material may have been a little outdated.

So, Ben and Joel went and revamped the entire design and backend system, auditing past articles for accuracy. The result is a very clean look that’s easy to navigate and one that’s loaded with tons of information about cheap hosting, Cpanel Hosting, Multiple domain hosting and more.

In terms of monetization, you won’t find any Google Adsense ads popping around Web Hosting Unleashed. Instead, they get sponsored by a limited number of web hosting providers. This kind of advertising is well worth it for the web hosts, because it gives the impression that WHU is recommending them to their readers. If Web Hosting Unleashed says that they’re good, and numerous user reviews recommend them, then XYZ Hosting must be good, right?

Reviews Are the Driving Force

And don’t they know it. That’s why they ordered up a ReviewMe review from John. Ironically, the folks at Web Hosting Unleashed served up a review of John Chow dot Com for free, asking whether John Chow is good or evil. Given that they had to cough up $125 for this review (50% off coupon in February) and John got one in return for free, I think we have to chalk up another one in the evil column. 😈


Reviews make up the bread and butter of Web Hosting Unlimited. They’ve got candid reviews of just about every web hosting provider out there, most of which are given by visitors of the site. This way, you can have some confidence that the information you’re getting is honest and from real people, not filtered through some PR company. Big names like GoDaddy and Dreamhost are represented, naturally, but so are the smaller firms. A couple of the most highly recommended hosts are HostGator and Lunarpages.

In addition to a series of web hosting guides, they also have a huge supply of useful articles. Here are a few that you might want to check out:

If anything, there might be too much information. But it’s not like you need to read all of it.

Win an Xbox 360!

In an effort to help expand their ever-growing library of user reviews, Web Hosting Unleashed is currently holding a contest where they are giving away an Xbox 360 console system. And it’s not the cheap one either: it’s got a 20GB detachable hard drive, wireless controller, and an Xbox Live Silver membership. All you have to do to enter is to submit a review of a web host that you have used in the past or are currently using. The contest runs until the end of the month.


27 thoughts on “Unleashing the Best Web Hosting Service”

  1. Luckily I have a small DreamHost account on the side. I think I will fill out a review and try to win that XBOX 360. Thanks for the heads up!

    By the way, I payed ~$16 dollars for a whole years worth of hosting at DH and got somewhere around 5000 gbs of transfer a month! If you search you might be able to still find a $99 dollar coupon off of a year of hosting.

    1. broc says:

      and you had to review this site only days after i bought my first hosting package

    2. Wow, that’s a really good deal! 😯

  2. Rehuel says:

    I run a hosting company in Suriname for the local businesses, who have a hard time paying for online hosting providers, because of the limited credit card access they have here.

    It’s good to get your nose pressed against facts and questions people are supposed to ask you, so you know where to change your service for the better.

  3. bwb says:

    Awesome review John!! Thanks! I apologize as we are still heavily working on the site, in the next few days we will have a much cleaner and easier to navigate frontpage and the guides are being cleaned up and improved as we just added multiple page support and the ability to start adding a lot more info and cool stuff like tutorials on how to start a blog.

    And in the next month we have coming a:
    – comparison engine for comparing hosting plans/host rankings
    – some slight design improvements with the left column expanding and the right being a set width which should help readability.
    – more widgets for both users and hosts to show who they are using.
    – and some other cool stuff!

    Thanks! Ben

    1. skintube says:

      Very nice work Ben! Looking great. Was this done using Drupal by any chance? ❓

      1. bwb says:

        Actually all custom coded php by my partner actually, very cool setup with related stuff to link everything together. And behind the scenes its got this tag system so you can tag everything to get very related subjects automatically linked even if I don’t choose them manually when publishing.

        Its ruffly based off the same script we setup for resellerguide.com but a lot more advanced.

    2. Ben, You’ve got a great site there. When it comes time for renewals we’ll keep you in mind.

  4. devil says:

    How many times do you guys have to use the word “evil” and that stupid face ( 👿 )? I think we all got it after the 50th repeat. Enough with the lame branding sh 👿 t.

    1. John Chow says:

      I plan to use it until I show up on page 1 of Google for “Root of all evil.” That might take a while. 😈

      1. Kunal says:

        Thanks John!

        1. Kunal says:

          Actually, it was quite simple, becuase you can just site-target the ads.

          Again, most of you guys here will read this and be like “duh”, but this was news to me!

  5. Guys, I need your help for a second,

    John you started this whole thing about IM’ing google ads – so how do you target it so that it shows up on that particular website?

    ie for keywords were you putting Darren Rouse (sp?), problogger.net, or did you check the meta tags on Darren’s site, and use those? How???

    Im kinda new to adword campaigns – and I thought that was really neat.

    Does anyone know?


    1. John Chow says:

      It’s call a Google Sitematch buy and allows you to target any blog you want. Just go to Darren’s blog and click his “Advertise on this site” link in is Google ad. It will take you where you need to go.

  6. I signed up for ReviewMe after seeing how much money you made last month.

    I just got my first review! thanks john!

  7. Nice review. Sites like this make A TONNE of money. I wouldn’t be surprised if those guys were pulling in $5,000-$20,000 a month from that one site alone. Hosting review sites are one of the best ways to make money because hosting companies understand how hard it is to acquire a new customer – and they offer affiliates from $65 to $200 FOR ONE CUSTOMER!!! That’s how insane it is.

  8. Hawaii SEO says:

    I like the reviews but you should start to include the word “Review” in the post title. Today I was a little disappointed when I got to the part about this being a review. I don’t think I would have visited this post if I knew it was a review.

    Again… Reviews are a good thing. You just need to make more obvious from the beginning just like you do with the “Review My Blog – Batch 1,001” 🙂

    1. That’s not a bad idea. A disclosure up front kind of thing.

  9. Ian says:

    I didnt even know a site like this existed. very helpful. now this is a site I will certainly use for my hosting needs. the user reviews are definitely the strongest point.

  10. Dave says:

    Very cool, I submitted my review for Media Temple.

  11. Frank says:

    Hmmm, now Xbox 360s are the way to go for prizes. Pens are nice and all but Xbox is jut so much better… 😉

    1. Agreed! I’m still too cheap to have bought one, so I’m in for this.

  12. Mubin says:

    I thought all the evil inserts had a point to them, we are seeing it pop up every post at least 2-3 times.

    Also yes these type of sites make a killing, hostgator.com alon will give you over 100 bux per signup.

    I think I might try out a site like this soon.


  13. gitesh says:

    those who want free hosting 250 mb and 10 gb bandwidth just visit friost.com its lot easy to keep ur account free by posting in there forums..

  14. Mike Panic says:

    Great site, sort of like an epinions for web hosts. Over the last 7 years or so I’ve used more then a dozen and have learned the hard way that it is worth paying a few extra bucks to get good customer service. I couldn’t resist reading the dreamhost reviews though, which I thought were pretty accurate. If they were smart, they’d consider buying advertising on webhostingtalk.com.

    1. bwb says:

      Heh, well I hope I’m smart but have you ever asked how much ads are on wht, they are hella expensive, we just don’t have the money right now, hopefully in the future we can figure out a way. We want to clean the site up a bit more first too before I sale my kidney 🙂

  15. I never win any of these things but I’d be happy to do the review anyway.

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