This is a GoDaddy Hosting review. It’s biased – but mainly because I’m an actual customer of GoDaddy (and consultant to a client who uses it) in addition to other hosting companies so hereby I’m sharing Pros and Cons of GoDaddy Web Hosting. Over the years, you’ve probably seen GoDaddy’s Super Bowl commercials, GoDaddy girls all around the internet, and most recently their “Helping Small Business” commercials. They have brand recognition if nothing else. GoDaddy is certainly the market leader in domains. They are trying to be the leader in hosting and all business services.
Are they the right WordPress Hosting Tool to build a better blog/website?
1. GoDaddy Is Cheap
Their economic plan is $7.99/month at renewal – but they always give away coupons for longer lock-ins and you can push it down to even $1.00/mo. Even though GoDaddy’s specialty is not hosting (they started as a domain registrar) – they are using their capital and market presence to really push down on prices.
If you go with them, you won’t have to worry if you are paying too much.
2. GoDaddy Gives Unlimited Bandwidth*
Bandwidth is basically how many people can visit your site at once. Some web hosts might throttle your bandwidth (ie, crash your site) if you suddenly get that tsunami of traffic from CNN or Reddit. I’ve never had to test it – but most other reviewers I trust say that GoDaddy held up well – even their shared hosting plan. Even if they don’t hold up to the tsunami of traffic – you at least won’t have to pay for it, like some web hosts do (think overage charges at cell phone companies. .
*Every shared hosting company is going to limit your features in some way. They usually limit your storage, databases, email or your bandwidth. I think that preemptively capping bandwidth is a bad way to go. I like that GoDaddy limits plans in other ways rather than bandwidth.
3. GoDaddy Offers Quality WordPress Auto-Install
Now I’m a fan of installing WordPress manually because of the control that it brings. That said, having someone else (aka a robot) install WordPress is time-saving service – and helpful to anyone who worries about FTP / database names/security salts etc. But it needs to be done right – and every time I’ve auto-installed on GoDaddy – WordPress was installed correctly. All the security salts were in effect – and all I needed to do was install a security plugin. It makes the process of WordPress “ridiculously” easy. You just go here to purchase hosting for your WordPress, then open your hosting account, and select auto-install, follow the prompts, and in a few hours – you’re done.
They also offer a separate “WordPress Hosting” product. It’s more expensive, but offers auto-upgrades, security monitoring and other benefits. It’s confusing, I know. You can run WordPress on their normal hosting plans, which is what I do for my sites.
Definitely a huge benefit.
4. GoDaddy Integrates Products Well
I like WordPress auto-install, having one company manage your domain name, email, and hosting can make things just a bit easier. Several of my friends & clients do this – and it works well for them. Their domains are cheap and their email is straightforward. They’ll also integrate with Google Apps if that’s your jam. They even offer bookkeeping services nowadays.
GoDaddy offers the full gamut of services and ties them all in together well.
5. GoDaddy Offers Scale & Resources
Like any large hosting company, they have issues with security. They represent a huge target to takedown…especially when political controversy erupts. But – GoDaddy has the scale and resources to preemptively tackle security problems that smaller hosts can’t work with. This feature has to do with their huge scale, but also with GoDaddy’s restrictive policies but for now, it also keeps out spam and the attacks. They’ve recently acquired Sucuri and SiteLock – two major companies in the web security world.
And that’s a good thing.
6. GoDaddy Has Phone Support And Little Down-Time
Some internet veterans will scoff at this (GoDaddy used to be absolutely notorious) but recently GoDaddy has greatly improved their customer service since the mid-2000s. They have improved even more so under their new CEO, and the new direction they set out in July of 2013. And more importantly for many customers – they offer 24/7 phone support, which is not common among hosting companies. It’s not world-class, but for a huge corporate entity with super-discounted hosting… good support is a Pro in my book.
And they fulfill the “basic” duty of every web host… 99.9% uptime.
7. GoDaddy Hosting Is Current On The Latest Technology
They boast about their 4GH Linux Hosting…that means that they are current. PHP7, etc – GoDaddy has all the latest technical stuff to do web hosting right.
GoDaddy Web Hosting doesn’t stack up overall against other more specialized hosts that I’ve used.
However, GoDaddy hosting is solid and cheap web hosting. If you are looking for a host that,
- Integrates well with domain names that you own on GoDaddy
- Is cheap, branded, and supported
- Has a lot of documentation
And if you plan on not doing anything fancy – GoDaddy Web Hosting for WordPress is a fine way to go. I have friends and clients who have been on them for quite a while – and are fine with them even Technocreek is also running on GoDaddy Hosting.