Topgreenhost.com joins a special list of hosts that were previously top 25 hosts at webhostingstuff.com. What makes topgreenhost.com unique is that it has been offline most of the year; at least topgreenhost.com was offline till two days ago.
When I first seen Topgreenhost.com I found they had a connection to greengeeks.com due to a similar set of IPs, and they both shared the same EPA certification. I thought at the time that Greengeeks.com created topgreenhost.com due to competition within the so called unlimited space market. At the time Topgreenhost.com had it at $2.99 and greengeeks.com had their unlimited plan at $4.95. When a plan offers unlimited resources there is not much wiggle room in making the point that your hosting package is better than a company like hostgator.com. So the only thing left to do is offer the package for cheaper. Which is problematic with all the previous customers that signed on to this so called unlimited plan. Especially when they paid $24 more a year for the same plan new customers come onto. Never mind Topgreenhost.com, greengeeks.com, hostgator.com, and every other host that offers unlimited space have a magic number where they cut you off. For hosts like topgreenhost.com this is about profit. Which really why else would anyone want to run a hosting company?
I decided that after my review on 10looniehost.ca that I should look back and see who was out of business and who was still active. This week I explore former top 25 webhostingstuff.com hosts. Between May 2010 to April 2011 I reviewed 64 hosts. Topgreenhost.com among a few others are either doing something else or are offline. After posts on these former top 25 hosts of webhostingsuff.com I have no future plans on new posts related to this so called hosting review site. Unless they do something drastic there is not much point focusing on webhostingstuff.com. For over 2 years I have seen little else that I could cover. The most drastic change last year was to make the top 25 into something far less convenient for anyone that pays for this so called “advertising” to be in either “Today’s Hot Hosting Deals” or “Top Best Hosting”.
The hosts like topgreenhost.com that did business with webhostingstuff.com are another story.
Topgreenhost.com is not the first host to go out of business after appearing on webhostingstuff.com top 25.
Hostdawgs.com and i7net.net are on that list.
Hostdawgs.com was found by another hosting company that had decided to do what I should have done and actually see who was on the top 25 list. Mere months after their first post, Hostdawgs.com was offline. That was part of what drove me to look further into who was buying “advertising” with webhostingstuff.com. Just to be clear “advertising” does not have the same definition as the ads you see on this site. The 1 – 25 position was/is for sale to the highest bidder.
I found i7net.net a month after I had started the blog for this site. It was the proverbial canary in the coal mine that had been dead far before I ever decided to look into hosts that appeared in the top 25. They were my biggest argument for webhostingstuff.com being rigged. Webhostingstuff.com was to sloppy to even bother to monitor what was going on.
Never mind Webhostingstuff.com claimed it was a top host, i7net.net wasn’t even online for months at a time. Webhostingstuff.com’s own uptime records for i7net.net indicated just as much. Yet that did not stop it from being off and on the list between positions 21 – 25 from June through November 2010. The truth about what was really going on could not be any more blatant. By December 2010 Webhostingstuff.com must have either finale got around to fixing the problem, read my email to them, or their customers were letting Michael Low know how bad this made them look. As you can no longer find i7net.net on webhostingstuff.com’s directory. Soon Topgreenhost.com will be deleted out as well.
Topgreenhost.com had no reviews on webhostingstuff.com
Webhostingstuff.com claims that the ranking is based off of:
WebHostingStuff ranks web hosts using WHSRank™ – a powerful ranking algorithm that ranks web hosting companies based on the quality of services they had provided to REAL customers.
The main engine behind WHSRank™ are the verified customer reviews published on WebHostingStuff. WHSRank™ uses these customer reviews to calculate a quality score for each web host.
When customers write their reviews, they are asked to rate web hosts based on service quality factors like:
- Uptime and service reliability
- Technical support
- Customer service
WHSRank™ uses these quality signals to calculate the quality score for each web host. Other quality signals used by the WHSRank™ algorithm include uptime performance.
Topgreenhost.com had no reviews with webhostingstuff.com, so how could it be on the list? I can tell you now topgreenhost.com was not the only one. Some on the top 25 had low review scores some as low as two stars.
So how do I know topgreenhost.com is out of business?
All you have to do is type in topgreenhost.com to your browser and see where it goes. It goes to the first post that I made on this host. Which can only mean one thing I have control of the domain. A friend of mine bought the domain, as he thought it should redirect to my first post on topgreenhost.com.
Topgreenhost.com appears based on Webhostingstuff.com’s uptime records that the site went offline in December 2011, and based off the whois record I have a copy of, I assume greengeeks.com let the domain expire in March 2012.
I made copies of everything that webhostingstuff.com had on topgreenhost.com.
So who else will join Topgreenhost.com as a former best host of webhostingstuff.com that closed up shop?