Top 10 Web Hosting Providers -- Rated on: November 22, 2009 PDF Print E-mail

Today, there is so much competition between web hosting providers. They all pretty much offer the same services and the costs are fairly competitive.

Who has the advantage?

It depends on which 'top ten' web hosting list that you look at. I haven't found one 'top ten' list that rates a website hosting provider on accessibility and usability. After all, the services that they provide are open to everyone, including those with disabilities and the aging population. Or, are they? In the next few years, the baby boomer generation will consist of people who use computers and are not afraid of technology.

 

Here are SimplyRaydeen.com's picks for the 'Top Ten' web hosting providers, using one easy test for accessibility and usability – the Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE). “Following the best practices in developing web resources not only improves accessibility for people with disabilities, but also improves interoperability, giving everyone the benefit of having more options for accessing and using those resources.” -- http://fae.cita.uiuc.edu/about/

Web Accessibility/Usability: Top 10 Web Hosting Providers

The Top 10 Web Hosting Providers were rated on 'Navigation & Orientation' and 'Text Equivalents'  (% Pass) -- FatCow Hosting is #1-- FatCow cares about its customers, providing navigation tools and orientation information in pages that will maximize web accessibility and usability. 

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1. FatCow – http://www.fatcow.com

Evaluation Results by Best Practices Main Category

Category

Status

% Pass

% Warn

% Fail

Navigation & Orientation

Almost Complete

92

3

3

Text Equivalents

Partially Implemented

50

25

25

Scripting

Complete

100

0

0

Styling

Partially Implemented

50

0

50

HTML Standards

Partially Implemented

50

0

50

 

2. JustHost -- http://www.justhost.com

Evaluation Results by Best Practices Main Category

Category

Status

% Pass

% Warn

% Fail

Navigation & Orientation

Partially Implemented

84

0

15

Text Equivalents

Almost Complete

50

50

0

Scripting

Complete

100

0

0

Styling

Complete

100

0

0

HTML Standards

Complete

100

0

0

 

3. InMotion – www.inmotionhosting.com

Evaluation Results by Best Practices Main Category

Category

Status

% Pass

% Warn

% Fail

Navigation & Orientation

Partially Implemented

80

7

11

Text Equivalents

Partially Implemented

75

0

25

Scripting

Almost Complete

75

25

0

Styling

Complete

100

0

0

HTML Standards

Complete

100

0

0

 

4. GoDaddy – http://www.godaddy.com

Evaluation Results by Best Practices Main Category

Category

Status

% Pass

% Warn

% Fail

Navigation & Orientation

Partially Implemented

80

7

11

Text Equivalents

Partially Implemented

25

50

25

Scripting

Almost Complete

0

100

0

Styling

Not Implemented

33

0

66

HTML Standards

Almost Complete

50

50

0

 

5. Ix Web Hosting -- http://www.ixwebhosting.com

Evaluation Results by Best Practices Main Category

Category

Status

% Pass

% Warn

% Fail

Navigation & Orientation

Partially Implemented

80

3

15

Text Equivalents

Partially Implemented

25

50

25

Scripting

Complete

100

0

0

Styling

Partially Implemented

83

0

16

HTML Standards

Complete

100

0

0

 

6. HostUpon -- http://www.hostupon.com/

Evaluation Results by Best Practices Main Category

Category

Status

% Pass

% Warn

% Fail

Navigation & Orientation

Partially Implemented

73

11

15

Text Equivalents

Partially Implemented

50

0

50

Scripting

Complete

100

0

0

Styling

Complete

100

0

0

HTML Standards

Complete

100

0

0

 

7. Green Geeks – http://www.greengeeks.com/

Evaluation Results by Best Practices Main Category

Category

Status

% Pass

% Warn

% Fail

Navigation & Orientation

Partially Implemented

73

11

15

Text Equivalents

Partially Implemented

25

50

25

Scripting

Complete

100

0

0

Styling

Partially Implemented

50

0

50

HTML Standards

Partially Implemented

0

50

50

 

8. Blue Hosting – http://www.bluehost.com/

Evaluation Results by Best Practices Main Category

Category

Status

% Pass

% Warn

% Fail

Navigation & Orientation

Partially Implemented

69

11

19

Text Equivalents

Partially Implemented

25

50

25

Scripting

Almost Complete

50

50

0

Styling

Not Implemented

33

0

66

HTML Standards

Partially Implemented

0

50

50

 

9. Dotster -- http://www.dotster.com/

Evaluation Results by Best Practices Main Category

Category

Status

% Pass

% Warn

% Fail

Navigation & Orientation

Partially Implemented

65

11

23

Text Equivalents

Partially Implemented

50

25

25

Scripting

Complete

100

0

0

Styling

Complete

100

0

0

HTML Standards

Complete

100

0

0

 

10. HostMonster -- http://www.hostmonster.com/

Evaluation Results by Best Practices Main Category

Category

Status

% Pass

% Warn

% Fail

Navigation & Orientation

Partially Implemented

65

11

23

Text Equivalents

Partially Implemented

50

25

25

Scripting

Almost Complete

50

50

0

Styling

Partially Implemented

50

0

50

HTML Standards

Complete

100

0

0

 

Best Practices Rules Summary Used: http://fae.cita.uiuc.edu/about/rules/

  • Navigation & Orientation
  • Text Equivalents
  • Scripting
  • Styling
  • HTML Standards

WCAG 1.0 : http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/#context-and-orientation

2.2 Making Content Understandable and Navigable

Content developers should make content understandable and navigable. This includes not only making the language clear and simple, but also providing understandable mechanisms for navigating within and between pages. Providing navigation tools and orientation information in pages will maximize accessibility and usability. Not all users can make use of visual clues such as image maps, proportional scroll bars, side-by-side frames, or graphics that guide sighted users of graphical desktop browsers. Users also lose contextual information when they can only view a portion of a page, either because they are accessing the page one word at a time (speech synthesis or braille display), or one section at a time (small display, or a magnified display). Without orientation information, users may not be able to understand very large tables, lists, menus, etc.

WCAG 2.0 Layers of Guidance: http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/intro.html#introduction-fourprincs-head

Principles - At the top are four principles that provide the foundation for Web accessibility: perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. See also Understanding the Four Principles of Accessibility.

  

 

 

 

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