Want to snoop around and see what top secret information you can find out about your web host? Ok, maybe this information is not all that secret, but you do have to jump through a few hoops to find out about it. Web sites like domaintools.com make it fairly easy to look up some general stats about your web host.
Doing a search on your own domain name you can find out:
- How many other sites are hosted on the same server.
- The server’s status on the black lists out there.
- The type of server your web site is hosted on.
Another good place to find stats on a specific web host is webhosting.info. Just type in the domain name of your web host into the search box – and then select “Web Hosts” in the radio box selection and hit the “Go” button.
You might want to keep in mind that if they are not large enough they might not get picked up by the rankings. Also if they are using several different domains for their servers you might need to do this lookup several different times with each domain and add the final numbers together.
Last but not least – there is always doing a few searches. Personally I would search for: “Insert Company Name Here” sucks.
Now you might not get the best review this way because these are often people that are just mad at the web hosting question and want to spew something out about them. It is always good to take the good in with the bad though. Google aside – you may also want to search hosting forums like WebHostingTalk.com to also get an idea of what others have had to say about your web host.