Daniel Lemnaru, owner of HostPeek, contacted me last week about a paid review. I was a little unsure about reviewing his site at first because HostPeek is simply an informational website. I have reviewed lots of products and services in the past and feel comfortable reviewing them but reviewing a content website is new to me. However, after looking at HostPeek I decided to review it for you guys as it’s different from other web hosting comparison websites, as you will see.
Web Host Comparison
In total 9 hosting websites are currently reviewed on HostPeek: 1and1, DreamHost, Fatcow, Godaddy, Hostgator, Hostmonster, Hostpapa, Lunarpages and netfirms.
The reviews are very different from what you usually see on a host comparison site. Most review sites just stick give sites a rating out of 5 or 10 with a small description of what the site offers. Most of the time that reviewer hasn’t even used the hosting site in question and is simply trying to encourage the visitor to visit the hosting site through their link.
Of course, the main aim of any hosting comparison site is to make money. However, Dan offers visitors a lot more than normal hosting comparison sites. For a start, Dan has purchased a hosting package with every hosting service he reviews, so he actually has used every service he reviews.
Unfortunately, the reviews don’t talk about the quality of support or whether a specific package is competitively priced. This isn’t a major problem in my opinion as you can find this out yourself with a little research. What Dan does focus on is performance.
All 9 web hosting sites are monitored every day. You can see the CPU usage, memory usage, WordPress run time, Joomla run time, phpBB3 run time, server load, swap space and uptime.
Another nice addition is the ability to download a 10mb or 100mb file from the hosting package which Daniel Lemnaru has with the hosting site in order to test the speed of the server yourself.
On the home page you can see the performance rankings of all 9 hosting sites. This is an easy way to see which is the most reliable host and which one is the quickest. Most of the web hosting services have a similar amount of uptime but the difference in speed between the best and worst host may surprise you.
HostPeek is not a complete hosting comparison website as there are a lot of things which aren’t discussed like quality of support, price, bonuses, features etc. However, I don’t think that the site was designed to be a complete reference. What HostPeek does do is show you the performance of 9 popular hosting packages every day, and it does this incredibly well.
If you are unsure about choosing a host I would check out a few other review sites to get an idea of how good the site is. Though you should definitely check out HostPeek as well to get an idea of the performance level you can expect from the hosting company. Particularly if you plan on using WordPress, Joomla or the free discussion board phpBB3, as you can easily see how the host in question handles each script.