When I was looking for a new web hosting company, the first thing I did was surf the net to find out who was rated the best. I wanted a hosting company that had great customer service, 99.9% uptime, lots of space, reliable, easy to use, and plenty of band width. Everywhere I looked on the net I saw so many companies which were rated 5/5 & 10/10. Wow, it made it very hard for me to decide which one I should choose. The more I searched and contemplated, Bluehost came up in more search engines and with higher ratings. So I chose Bluehost.
Who, how, what, and why are the ratings generated?
Then I discovered the following:
mattheaton.com @ box34.bluehost.com
hostboom.com @ box34.bluehost.com
webhosting-topten.com @ box34.bluehost.com
zaneheaton.com @ box34.bluehost.com
webhosthelpline.com @ box34.bluehost.com
Wow! Look at the good reviews that are hosted on the same server as the one Matt Heaton uses for his blog! So what are the odds of this happening by accident? It is really interesting the bottom three all have the same theme “WebHosting-TopTen.com.” And the graphics and contents are very similar.
Go to http://serverstatus.bluehost.com/ and type in mattheaton.com
In the drop down directory under mattheaton.com, we find hostsafari.com (parked), hostboom.com, webhosting-topten.com, zaneheaton.com, zachheaton.com (inactive), and webhosthelpline.com. So mattheaton.com is the main domain name and the rest are addon domains in the same account.
So it looks like what we found here is a rating and review factory, right in the office of Matt Heaton to promote Bluehost and Hostmonster. The reviews are written as if they were created by an unbiased third party, but in reality they appear to be written by Heaton and associates. In the review areas, Bluehost or Hostmonster are both rated either #1 or #2, with a 5/5 or close to a 5/5 rating, showing positive stats of 97% to 100%. Business techniques like this border on false advertising and should be illegal. Such deceptive business practices are amoral and is one more reason to avoid Bluehost and Hostmonster like the plague.
Their uptime is extremely unreliable, email has many problems, and you cannot run any reasonable dynamic content without getting an exceeds cpu error. Plus promoting fake third party reviews, when in reality Heaton & staff generated them. Bluehost and Hostmonster are dishonest and unethical concerning many aspects of the way they conduct business. Matt from your own words, “When you stink you stink!!!”