GoDaddy Hosting Review
Pros and Cons
ProsVery large well known company, clever Super Bowl commercials
ConsConfusing control panel and slow servers for Joomla
Hosting Plans & Packages
WordPress Specific Features
Data Center Details
GoDaddy is known for their commercials and domain registration, WordPress Hosting is not one of their better services.
They are a well established domain registrar but they do have some drawbacks:
- Site and control panel can be confusing
- Severs can be slow
Read more to see if Godaddy may be a good fit for you or why you may want to look to another host.
Godaddy was founded in 1997 by Bob Parsons. With over a decade into this business Godaddy is the number one domain registrar in the world.
Go daddy has its own services and equipment which enables them to keep their prices low as compared to other domains. Based out of Arizona, Godaddy has been widely recognized for its success and appears on INC 500 list of nation’s fastest growing companies.
Although relatively new to the hosting scene, GoDaddy provides excellent hosting solutions, and has even been praised for by many reviewers. They have accredited their success to “always appreciating and listening to [their] customers!”
Plans and Features
GoDaddy’s shared hosting comes in three different packages: the Economy plan, Deluxe plan, and the Premium plan.
The economy plan starts from 4.99 USD /monthly (3 months locking period) where you get 10 GB space, 300 GB transfer, 100 email addresses and 10 MySQL databases.
For windows plan, you get 1 SQL database with 200 MB limit. (For WP you want Linux)
This plan is promoted as the “best value” plan by Godaddy. In a minimum of 3 months locking period you can get 150 GB of space, 1500 GB transfer, 500 emails and 25 MySQL databases for just 6.99 USD per month. With Windows hosting plan, you get 2 SQL databases with 200 MB limit for each database
Also, unlimited add-on domains, subdomains and parked domains can be hosted. Linux hosting now also supports Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails etc.
In this plan you can get unlimited space and transfer. You also get 1000 email addresses and unlimited MySQL and SQL databases for 14.99 USD a month (Minimum 3 months locking period).
Godaddy provides one click installation for wordpress blog and also provides technical support for its integration. Apart from this Godaddy provides dozens of ad on applications for free like Wise FTP, Drupal, Joomla, Dotnetnuke and many others
Although no money-back guarantee is included, you do get free special access to GoDaddy’s Hosting Connection.
GoDaddy WordPress & Technical Features
Wordpress and other blogging software are well-supported by GoDaddy. Wordpress can be found as a ‘Value Added Application’ within your account, which is another name for one-click-installation.
Go Daddy offers both shared hosting and dedicated hosting plans with a guaranteed uptime of 99.99%, round the clock support and free downloadable applications. Every Godaddy data center offers cutting edge security technology and a 24/7 online security staff. Godaddy offers both Linux and Windows hosting plans with MySQL and MSSQL support respectively. Not only do you get support for languages like PHP, Dotnet, Pearl , Ruby on Rails and Python, you can also get dozens of free ad -on applications like Wordpress, Joomla, OpenX, Mochila etc.
All the plans with Godaddy include
- 24/7 FTP access
- Daily Backups
- Firewalls and Servers
- Best Routers
- Free Email Addresses
- Google Webmaster Tools
- Ad Credits from MySpace
Account management is done through the GoDaddy control panel which is a custom-engineered piece of software. This is very flexible in that it allows for both website administration and management of your whole GoDaddy account (including domain names and the Hosting Connection). Website files, databases, email addresses, script installations etc can be handled through the control panel.
GoDaddy Tech Support
- Phone Support: Yes (24 hr/day)
- Email Support: Yes ( 7 hours response time)
- Support Ticket System: No
- Support Forums: Yes
- FAQ & Knowledgebase: Yes
GoDaddy’s support personnel can be reached via two modes: email and telephone. Their reported response time for email queries is 12-14 hours which is spoken of highly by hosting critics. There is also a huge FAQ library available; it provides answers to most tech-related issues.
Visit GoDaddy http://www.godaddy.com
Being a web developer with lot of clients, I recommend GoDaddy for domain registration but not web site hosting. GoDaddy’s servers do not work well with database driven websites like WordPress or Joomla.
Tech support will always answer the phone and help you out where they can, but all to often we have called with a slow site problem and they were not able to help out.
If you are with Godaddy and you seem happy with them then it is probably best to stay with them. If you do not have a hosting company then I would select another host besides GoDaddy.
Their prices are competitive.
Their pricing was steep but I tried to convince myself they had some benefit. The control panels are undeniably cluttered and confusing to navigate. Their customer support will respond quickly but ultimately not helpful (they’ll just refer you to an article that is hardly related to your issue).
They officially support internet censorship (and then tried to cover it up, admitting days later that they are still in support). Search google for “Godaddy Sopa”
They think you’re stupid. Just watch the commercials. “Use godaddy to because (hot girl)”.
FInally moved my last domain away. Will never look back
But now, years later, they seem to have gotten greedy and are putting customer service last and their own selfish concerns first.
Recently when I wanted to cancel one domain I have with them, but had mislaid the passwords to the account, I called their customer support who told me to basically drop dead.
CS was incredibly rude and unhelpful and cheerfully told me that they were going to continue charging my CC forever and that neither they nor I could do anything about it.
I now have to cancel the credit card they are charging then renew it under another card number to escape their unauthorised charges.
I would NEVER recommend anyone to use this company unless they enjoy being taken advantage of, being abused by their staff, and paying for services you do not want and if you like being told to drop dead. I hope that this arrogant and greedy way of doing business and treating customers like dirt spells their ruin.