There are many “web hosting review” sites out there and alreadyhosting.com is one of them doing reviews for Dedicated Server Hosting. These sites usually get their revenue by using affiliate links in their lists, and this particular one is no different. In general such lists are a good starting point, but you should always be cautious when choosing a hosting company this way.
What I would recommend when choosing a hosting company (or other online-services company) to which you consider giving your money:
- check if the company has accreditations from respectable review sources (if the company is based in the USA, look for the BSA for example). Always click trough to the review website and check the details, because some unscrupulous sites display the logos, even though they don’t have any actual accreditations
- look up the domain name with domaintools. See how long the domain has been registered (the longer, the better). See the address of the owner. If it is “privacy protected”, it should raise some red flags (while I admit that such services have value for individuals, I would be weary of doing business with companies unwilling to disclose their physical location.
- Do a search for “company name scam”, “company name complaints” and other negative terms which come in mind. Do the same with their phone number. While you should be cautious in taking information found on the internet at face value, the prevalence of such articles should make you think twice.
While adhering to these rules will not entirely eliminate the possibility of you being scammed, it should reduce it considerably. I also try to pre-filter any site I write a review about using the above methods.
Full disclosure: this is a paid review from ReviewMe. Under the terms of the understanding I was not obligated to skew my viewpoint in any way (ie. only post positive facts).