We take our testing seriously. Our goal is to provide objective reviews and information to help our readers. The only way to do that is with effective testing methods.
So let’s take a look at how we do that.
Our 4 Step Process
1. Uptime and Downtime Tracking
How many times have you tried to load a page but feel frustrated by its slow speed and end up reading another site?
That’s downtime and it’s what we want to avoid.
We use Pingdom to track our top 10 hosts via automated testing. We test if the site is up 50 times per minute (yes minute) 24/7. We’ve tracked that data over the last year to get some great long term data.
Take a look at our chart. The green circles are what you’re looking for. Yellow or red indicate sites going down.
If you’d like to see this in REAL time click here.
*Please note – we decided to use our client sites and NOT testing sites.* The reason is simple, testing sites get zero traffic and usually have only one page. Gathering data from blank testing sites makes no sense and gives inaccurate data. Our tracking sites are live, functional ecommerce sites that have traffic and sales. We have also hidden the URLs as they belong to our clients.
2. Compare Pricing
It’s important to know what you’re getting with hosting. While there are many different packages available including dedicated, VPS, cloud and shared hosting, we focus on the shared hosting to make our general web hosting comparisons.
What we look for is simple – performance for price.
Here is how we do it:
- Compare Bandwidth
- Harddrive Space
- Linux or Windows Hosting
- Security Monitoring
- Leveraged Content Delivery
- Datacenter Location
The biggest question we ask is are the hosting companies simply resellers or do they 100% own their datacenters. We only recommend the latter as the former is often overpriced, slow and full of vulnerabilities.
3. Security Security and More Security
This isn’t something most people think of when they start a website but the fact remains that every day hackers are scanning websites and personal blogs for vulnerabilities.
You might be thinking “hey, I have a blog about my two cats, why on Earth would they want to hack me”?
The answer is pretty simple – they don’t care about your website, they want to get at the underlying server. Once a malicious third party can control or use your server resources they can launch more attacks on other sites.
We take security vary seriously at Hosting Canada. Here’s what we look for:
- Vulnerabilities Reports – We subscribe to some of the leading publications for cover recently uncovered vulnerabilities. If there is an issue we usually find out about it the same day. We make sure our clients’ sites as well as our recommended products aren’t vulnerable.
- Security Scanners – Before I mentioned our live uptime tracker, we also do the same with a third party security scanning software that looks for vulnerabilities on our sites as well as the servers themselves.
4. Real Human Support
Nothing is worse than trying to talk to support about your problems and getting an outsourced worker from another country who can barely understand what you’re saying.
We test all the hosts you’ll see on our site and then rate them on a sliding scale of emojis. 😠😨😶😐😊🥰
That’s How We Test
That’s our testing experience in a nutshell. We strive to provide the most objective information out there when deciding on which company to go with.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us.