Is there any website that tests the speed, latency, and up time of hosts? Sort of like av comparatives, but with web hosts instead. I would like to see some side-by-side tests.
rob why the Indian "help desk"???
If you know to ask right, you will get the answer right.
You could check out these 2 sites:
I just Googled "web hosting comparison" to find those.
Inevitably there are "ifs and buts" but my first port of call for something like that would be netcraft with numerous internet statistics measures such as http://uptime.netcraft.com/perf/reports/Hosters
Some hosting companies provide comparative tests too but you may have some concern that their objectivity could be compromised - so don't rely on a single source. Example: http://www.fastvirtual.com/hosting/performance.html
The "best" stats will be based on tests from a global spread of servers originating the queries but if you only or largely serve a national market then a host based in your "home territory" may provide fastest responses for your locally based visitors.
As a web designer/developer, hosting sites for my clients with on dedicated servers hosted by a third party, the single most important issue is the support they provide. Is it an Indian "help desk" or do I get 24/7 access to skilled technicians keen to solve the problem rather than keep their closed call rate statistics looking good. Example: one of my servers had a disk fail at 11p.m. on Christmas day, everything was back within a couple of hours.