3 things you wish you knew about BBB accredited web hosts

results-300pxIf you think a web host or any business that has a Better Business Bureau (BBB) accreditation should automatically be trustworthy then you are in for a surprise. The following are some things you may want to know before automatically thinking any business with a BBB badge is decent and automatically trustworthy.

Cost at least a few hundred dollars for membership

It costs a web host or any business anywhere from $500 to $1,500 to enroll and become a BBB accredited business. There are yearly dues for any businesses to stay on good terms with the Better Business Bureau. There has been criticism that any businesses that don’t pay their dues receive a bad rating.

No relation to the US government

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is NOT a government organization and is NOT involved in anyway with the US government. You may think they are like the FBI or FTC but they are not. They are a private organization that charges businesses money to become a member.

Some businesses don’t care what the BBB thinks

The BBB receives a lot of complaints against businesses. Businesses that are member can response or address any complaints their business receives. Non-members receiving a complaint from the BBB is like your employer receiving a complaint that you were rude at the local grocery store. Do you think your employer would care that you too chatty while in line?