GoDaddy Web Hosting Review

In this post, I would like to review one of the largest domain registrars and web hosting companies in the world, GoDaddy. It was founded in 1997 and has been in the market since then. It’s widely known from the 2005 Super Bowl ads.

I have used various web hosting companies’ products in the last 10 years and I do have ample experience with them, including GoDaddy. The specific product I have used in 2012 is their Windows Deluxe Web plan. Keeping in mind that the features then might be different from today’s, it was easy to sign up, easy to setup and easy control panel for managing the site, uploading files etc. The only problem I had was not being able to setup multiple independent sites at the time because only one application on the root was allowed. Sites other than the first one would have to be hosted within sub-folders which would show up in the URL on the address bar. Hosting services, control panels, restrictions change over time so; this restriction may not be there anymore. However if you do have a similar requirement, I’d recommend checking with the provider first, before signing up, or try out and see it for yourself. You may take advantage of the Money-Back guarantee if it’s not satisfactory.

Go Daddy supports 1 click installation of the most popular blog, content management and other applications on the web like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal. This way, you wouldn’t need technical knowledge to set things up, Go Daddy would ask a few questions and set it up for you on your hosting plan.

Go Daddy is providing 4GH (4th Generation Hosting) services using the cloud technologies. This way they adjust to the volume of traffic on your website so your website will not slow down when there are too many visitors. Go Daddy allows unlimited bandwidth on all plans so you’re not charged if you generate a high volume of traffic on your website. One of the things you’ll get is the 24/7 technical support. So if something’s wrong with your website, you don’t have to wait till work hours to get hold of someone. I have corresponded with their technical support where an incident was created on their system and rest of the communication was thru email. It was about the specific issue I mentioned earlier and took a few round trips for them to get the grasp of the issue.

I’m pleased to see that Go Daddy features  24/7 security monitoring and DDoS protection because there are many attackers on the web. While you’re dreaming about and taking steps to launch your web site, attackers are waiting for their next target.

 

Linux vs. Windows Hosting:

If you’re a techy person and you do care about the specific technology for your hosting service, there are two major hosting technologies to choose from; Linux and Windows. On the other hand, if you’re a beginner and would like to get a web site up and running for your small business needs to get your voice heard, the most popular web hosting plan you’re looking for would be a WordPress hosting on a Linux server for best efficiency. Furthermore, if all you need is a single web site (meaning not planning to run multiple sites), you may go with the cheapest plan available. (I do have an affiliate relationship with GoDaddy and here is a promotion you may use to subscribe to their service $1*/ mo hosting! Get going with GoDaddy! )

For beginners, I would like to stress that Linux vs. Windows hosting is not a “which one is the best and the greatest” question, it just depends on your pick of an application that caters to your needs in the market before anything else. Then the answer to the “which technology” question will follow. For instance, if you have seen a online shopping site application, fell in love with the features it has and it happens to be built using .NET technologies, you’d most likely want to go with a Windows based hosting service. On the other hand, if the product that you saw uses popular php/mysql combination, then the preferred choice would be a Linux server for best site speed, responsiveness and eventually your customer satisfaction. I learned this the hard way through experience when I once migrated a Microsoft sponsored BlogEngine.NET blog to WordPress on a Windows hosting plan and each click would take the server 10 seconds to respond. Of course, this is just a rule of thumb, a general guideline. Nevertheless, the best experts may optimize the cross technology server systems and applications but most people wouldn’t want or need to deal with this kind of details, would like to get up and running in 5 to 10 minutes, so tech details is not the point.

GoDaddy Plans:

Economy Plan
1 website
100 GB storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Free email included
Free domain* with annual plan
Site backup & restore (paid option)

Deluxe Plan
Unlimited websitesºº
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Free email included
Free domain* with annual plan
Site backup & restore (paid option)

Ultimate Plan
Unlimited websitesºº
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Free email included
Free domain* with annual plan
Site backup & restore (paid option)
2X processing power & memory (Linux w/ cPanel only)
Premium DNS
1-year SSL certificate†† to secure customer data and increase search rankings. (Restrictions Apply)

 

 

All plans include:

1-click install of 125+ free applications. (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.)
1-click purchase of additional resources
1GB database storage (MySQL Linux)
24/7 security monitoring and DDoS protection
1-click setup for GoDaddy registered domains
Flexible, easy-to-use control panel

Some Highlights about GoDaddy:

World’s #1 domain name registrar.
More than 13 million customers.
More than 60 million domains under management.
Award-winning 24/7 support.
Money-back guarantee
cPanel® or Parallels® Plesk Control Panel
Industry-leading load times
Guaranteed 99.9% uptime

 

 

Please be sure to read all details, restrictions, about GoDaddy and any other hosting services in the market. Whether you’re looking for the best web hosting for WordPress or the best web hosting for blogs or hosting solutions in general, one of the important things to look for would be the renewal price on domain name or hosting services plans. This information helps find out the annual cost of the web presence in the long run, once the initial promotional price ends. Once the web site is setup, it’s not usually desired to change the hosting provider frequently. So be sure to check other customer’s web hosting reviews about GoDaddy.com as well.

Does this post help with what you’re looking for? Was there a specific question/concern you had, other than what’s described? Please let us know in the comments.

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