GoDaddy comparison. The shocking truth revealed!

Short Answer (quick read).

This article reveals some shocking facts about GoDaddy and is therefore not suitable for the faint-hearted. It will change your view of this company and therefore enable you to make a much better choice.

The question or search term “GoDaddy comparison” can be answered by taking a quick look at this provider and compare them to others. So, here we go:

GoDaddy comparison.

We’ll start this article with a comparison between Go Daddy and Linux Hosts Inc. After that, it’s A2 Hosting, Blue Host, Host Gator, and Ionos’ turn to be compared to Go Daddy.

  • We take Linux Hosts Inc. as the first candidate because it is the only provider in the world with a No Overselling Guarantee. Overselling means that too many customers use the same web server so that the web host can increase its profit per server. Overselling can lead to all kinds of different problems. Unfortunately, most large web hosts put too many websites on the same server.
  • The second reason we prioritize Linux Hosts Inc. while comparing GoDaddy is due to the fact that the company, unlike Go Daddy, offers shared hosting in the Cloud. Hosting in the Cloud has the advantage that your website is never offline and much faster. Most Cloud providers charge their customers fees based on client usage. So the amount of your monthly bill depends on how much bandwidth, web space, memory, CPU and technical support you have consumed. This makes the bill unpredictable and, moreover, it can be expensive.
  • The third reason why Linux Hosts Inc. is the first to be compared to GoDaddy is the fact that, unlike other Cloud hosts, this provider charges a low fixed amount (starting at only $4.17 per month).

Okay, let’s get started.

Customer Service GoDaddy.

GoDaddy’s customer service is unfortunately known to be poor. In general, there are two related problems.

  • In the first place, accessibility is questionable. Although the company can be reached 24 hours a day, there are many complaints about long waiting times.
  • Secondly, the expertise of Go Daddy’s support staff is questioned. We experienced this ourselves when our website suddenly went offline. After no less than 45 minutes of waiting on the phone we finally got a nice lady on the line. The only advice she could give was to upgrade our account to an expensive plan with more memory. Of course we did not fall into the trap and 2 days later (our site was still dead!) we canceled our account.

Customer service Linux Hosts Inc.

  • After opening an account with this provider, the WordPress site we had transferred from Go Daddy ran very smoothly. The only problem occurred after 3 months hosting. There was an issue with the hummingbird cache plugin. When we performed a test with the plugin we received an error: “couldn’t perform test – cURL error 7”. At first, we thought the Linux Hosts Inc. firewall was blocking the test. However, after sending a support ticket we were presented with the solution after only 5 minutes in the form of a detailed explanation on how we could solve the problem. We followed the instructions and after about ten minutes the problem disappeared. It was now clear to us that we were dealing with an excellent web host because of the lack of problems and because of the expert help we received from this company when, exceptionally, a problem popped up.

SSL (secure socket layer).

An SSL certificate is needed to change http to https which better secures your website while simultaneously ranking it higher in Google.

SSL GoDaddy.

  • The cheapest shared hosting plan ($5.99 per month) offers free SSL for the first year. After that, you’re going to pay at least $69.99 per website per year just for SSL! These costs are increased by the price of web hosting. However, among the more expensive plans, SSL is included for free.

SSL Linux Hosts Inc.

  • All plans have free SSL.

Overselling GoDaddy.

  • We have checked this extensively and it turns out that Go Daddy increases its profits to a great extent by placing as many customers as possible on one and the same web server. You can check this yourself if you want. First, you need to find a random website hosted by Go Daddy. So you search in Google for “websites hosted by godaddy”. We found the site trends.builtwith.com, created an account for free, and got a free list of sites hosted by Go Daddy in the US. We took the Go Daddy site brainpickers.org as an example, went to yougetsignal.com/tools/web-sites-on-web-server/ and saw that there are more than 1000 sites on this Go Daddy server. This is convincing evidence that the company oversells its servers. See image below on which, to top it all off, you can also see that Go Daddy can be bad for your Google rankings.
  • Here is the warning in the image above: “The server located at 34.102.136.180 is hosting 1 or more websites with explicit content. The sites in question are highlighted in red. There is a possibility that ALL of the sites (including yours!) on this server may be blocked by browser filters. Google rankings for these sites may be affected as well.” So first you have the dangers of overselling such as being offline, security issues and slow loading and subsequently you are also confronted with the fact that you can get a Google penalty!

Overselling Linux Hosts Inc.

  • As mentioned, this is the only provider in the world with an explicit No Overselling Policy. As said before, we switched our websites to Linux Hosts Inc. We now have the Business Plan which is shared hosting for multiple websites. So let’s take the site you’re reading right now (richarddetering.com) as an example. Okay, on yougetsignal.com/tools/web-sites-on-web-server/ we can see that there are only 34 sites on this server and that there is also no warning about “bad” websites. So that’s a good thing. See image below.

Length of contract GoDaddy.

  • If you prefer to pay the lowest price, you have to commit to Go Daddy for 3 years. In other words, you conclude a three-year contract with a company you want to leave as soon as possible afterwards because you find out via the above method that there are thousands of sites on your web server and that there is probably also a Google penalty coming!

Length of contract Linux Hosts Inc.

  • This web host does not try to lure customers with discounts like Go Daddy does, only has one-year contracts while renewal prices are not higher than the original pricing.

Backups at GoDaddy.

  • Fully automated backups will cost you $2.99 a month. So you have to pay extra for something that should actually be included in the plan for free. This is the same problem as the SSL. Moreover, if your site is compromised you have to pay again extra, this time for restoration.

Backups Linux Hosts Inc.

  • At this company, backups are fully automated and you pay nothing extra. You get 4 free backups a day without even lifting a finger. In addition, you can set up even more automatic backups in your account if you want. This is then automatically synced with your Drop Box account or with Google Drive. Finally, there is a one click website restoration or support restores your broken site at no charge if you don’t know how to do it. It couldn’t be better, isn’t it?

Preliminary conclusion of this GoDaddy comparison.

Linux Hosts Inc. beats Go Daddy on all fronts if we take a close look at the following: technical support, the total price (Go Daddy charges a lot of extra costs such as for extra email addresses, SSL and backups), length of the contract and overselling.

30 Free Trial Linux Hosts Inc. (no credit card required).

Hopefully this comparison of GoDaddy was good enough to answer the question “is GoDaddy good”. However, we invite you to read on to learn everything about the details.

Long explanation.

How good is GoDaddy compared to other providers?

Why is a hosting comparison important? Because basically only one provider can be the very best choice for your website and your specific situation. Without comparing you won’t be able to find out what would be the best choice for you.

After comparing GoDaddy to the company Linux Hosts Inc. we address 4 more hosting services: A2 Hosting, Blue Host, Host Gator and Ionos and how they are different to GoDaddy. And, Linux Hosts Inc. will be included again so you get some more details. We will talk about features, prices, strengths and weaknesses.

This is relevant because the hosting you buy will determine several fundamental aspects of your website such as loading speed, level of security, scalability (how easy is it to make changes to, for example, memory and web space) and technical flexibility combined with its strength.

If you don’t quite understand what we’re talking about exactly, don’t worry because we’ll start with some easy to understand professional hosting basics.

Hosting Comparison: what hosting is and its types.

Not all marketers have a technological profile (and maybe there is no need). However, when comparing hosting providers it is important to be clear about some basic concepts.

Let’s start with the first explanation:

What is hosting and its difference with a domain?

Hosting is a physical space. If we make an analogy with a store, hosting is the locality itself (the “building”), while the domain name would be the address of your business.

So, hosting is a virtual folder inside a special computer (a huge computer in a data center called “web server”). That folder stores the data that is needed for your website to run.

This gives you the first tip on what you should look for in a hosting comparison: the reliability of companies. After all, you’re not going to set up your business in a “building” that’s falling apart, isn’t it?

Types of Hosting.

When you are comparing hosting companies, you will see that plans usually offer you 3 types: shared, VPS and dedicated. Here are the particularities:

  • Shared: this is one of the cheapest options because the same web server hosts multiple websites. Sometimes thousands if you’re dealing with a inferior company such as Go Daddy. It could be the equivalent of renting a small office inside a big building. You share resources such as memory, speed, bandwidth and space with other customers. What happens to other websites could also affect you. If you are just starting out or do not have many visits, this is a good option.
  • VPS (virtual private server): This could be like owning a property within a subdivision. You share space with others but you have more independence than with a simple apartment or office. What you get is a disk partition. It gives you more control options and you can add more memory and different OS (operating systems). It is generally used by medium-sized companies with consolidated websites that require excellent stability, performance and security.
  • Dedicated web server: congratulations, you just bought a villa or an office building! You now have your own web server with all the resources you need and want. You buy this hosting when you are an expert or you’re in a position to delegate your website design and maintenance to experts because it requires technical knowledge.

Hosting Comparison Details.

To make this GoDaddy hosting comparison more useful to you, we will now continue with details that will allow you to see features and prices. Let’s start with the cheapest shared packages.

Basic Plan Shared Hosting.

Linux Hosts Inc. Website https://linux-hosts-inc.com

  • 1 website
  • 100 email accounts
  • 5 databases
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited traffic
  • Free SSL
  • Free account migration
  • Money back guarantee
  • Starting at $4.17 per month

A2 Hosting. Website https://www.a2hosting.com

  • 1 website
  • 25 email accounts
  • 5 databases
  • 100 GB SSD storage
  • Free SSL
  • Free account migration
  • Money back guarantee
  • Starting at $6.99 per month

Bluehost. Website https://www.bluehost.com

  • 1 website
  • 5 email accounts
  • 20 databases
  • Free domain for the first year
  • 10 GB SSD storage
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Money Back Guarantee
  • Starting at $2.75 per month

GoDaddy. Website https://www.godaddy.com

  • 1 website
  • 1 email account
  • 10 databases
  • free domain for the first year
  • 25 GB storage
  • Easy WordPress migration
  • Free SSL for the first year
  • Money Back Guarantee
  • Starting at $6.99 per month

HostGator. Website https://www.hostgator.com

  • 1 website
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • 1 database
  • Includes free domain
  • Free WordPress or cPanel migration
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Money Back Guarantee
  • Starting at $2.75 per month

Ionos. Website https://www.ionos.com

  • unlimited websites
  • 1 email address
  • Unlimited databases
  • 100 GB storage
  • Free SSL
  • Free domain for 1 year
  • Money back guarantee
  • Starting at $0.50 per month for the first year. Renewal rate $10 a month

VPS Servers basic plans

Linux Hosts Inc.

  • 1 GB RAM
  • 20 GB data storage
  • 1 TB data transfer
  • 1 core
  • Starting at $6.50 per month

A2 Hosting

  • 1 GB RAM
  • 150 GB storage
  • 2 TB transfer
  • 1 core
  • Starting at $4.99 per month

Blue Host

  • 2 GB RAM
  • 30 GB SSD storage
  • 1 TB bandwidth
  • 2 cores
  • Starting at $18.99 per month. Commitment is 3 years

GoDaddy

  • 1 GB RAM
  • 20 GB storage
  • 1 core
  • Linux only, no control panel
  • Starting at $4.99 per month. Commitment 3 years

Host Gator

  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2 cores
  • 120 GB of disk space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Starting at $23.95 per month. Renews after 1 year for $79.95 a month

Ionos

  • 512MB RAM
  • OS Linux only
  • 1 core
  • 10 GB of disk space
  • Bandwidth: external server connection up to 400 M bits per second
  • Starting at $2.00 per month

Dedicated Servers entry plans

Linux Hosts Inc.

  • 2 cores
  • 10 TB transfer
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1 IP address
  • Starting at $36.67 per months for 12 months

A2 Hosting

  • 4 cores
  • 6 TB transfer
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 1 IP address
  • Starting at $109.99 per month for 12 months

Blue Host

  • 4 cores
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 5 TB bandwidth
  • 3 IP addresses
  • 1 free domain for the first year
  • Starting at $99.99 per month for 12 months

GoDaddy

  • 4 cores
  • 32 GB RAM
  • 2 x 4 TB of storage
  • 3 dedicated IPs
  • Windows or Linux
  • Money Back Guarantee
  • Starting at $149.99 per month for 12 months

Host Gator

  • 4 Cores / 8 Thread Intel Xeon-D CPU
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1 TB HDD
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Windows or Linux OS
  • Starting at $109.98 per month for 12 months

Ionos

  • 8 Cores
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 240 GB Intel SSD storage
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Free domain name
  • Starting at $45 per month for 6 months and after that $65 per month

Analysis of this hosting comparison’s characteristics.

So far you have a good initial idea of this hosting comparison. Now we will go into details of each platform.

Linux Hosts Inc. advantages and disadvantages.

With 850,000 customers this provider can be considered as a medium sized web host. The company started in 2004 and has since then grown rapidly.

Advantages:

  • Cloud hosting
  • The company exclusively operates a Private Cloud. This eliminates the risks of Public Clouds, namely hosting of one website in data centers all over the world over which the web host has no control.
  • Fixed pricing despite the Cloud infrastructure.
  • No Overselling Guarantee.
  • No financial risk for 60 days. First there’s a 30 day free trial and, after that there’s a 30 day money back guarantee.
  • 10 minutes response guarantee for technical support through an email ticketing system.
  • Excellent support by IT engineers.
  • Free backups.
  • Free website restoration in case of a calamity.
  • No hidden costs.
  • Free SSL.
  • No price increase after the first year.

Disadvantages

  • No free domain offer.
  • It could be cheaper.

A2 Hosting pros and cons.

A2 Hosting offers optimization for different platforms: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magneto, etc. The company claims that its turbo servers are up to 20 times faster and the company is a recognized service in the market giving you a good level of security.

Pros:

  • Free SSL
  • Their customer service is good.
  • Very fast loading sites.
  • Reliable uptime of 99.9%.
  • Good security.
  • Free migration from other providers on the condition that you use cPanel.
  • Any time Money Back Guarantee.
  • Green hosting.

Cons.

  • The cheapest plan misses basic features such as automatic backups and server rewind.
  • Some users complain that there may be problems in the operation of the service such as interruptions.
  • Overselling.
  • The renewal rate jumps up steeply after your initial period.

BlueHost, the good and the bad.

Around 2 million websites trust Blue Host for its infrastructure and security. It is one of the oldest and most consolidated hosting providers in the market, the company started in 1996.

Pros.

  • There is an alliance between this service and WordPress.org that makes their hosting plans ideal for sites created with WordPress software.
  • Another advantage is that they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if the service is not what you expect, you can get your money back.
  • Good support
  • Guidance for WordPress starters
  • Free SSL
  • Free SiteLock CDN

Cons

  • The company oversells.
  • SiteLock CDN doesn’t work with SSL

GoDaddy, is it good or not?

GoDaddy is the most popular service and the domain and hosting advertising world champion. It’s the biggest domain registrar and hosting provider of the world.

Pros

  • Low initial prices
  • Signing up can give you a bonus such as Google Adwords
  • Depending on the country you’re in, there’s a local phone number you can call.
  • If English is not your native language then the company’s website, your account and support can be changed to you own language.
  • The company has servers all over the world and the loading speed of websites is okay.
  • Their plans come pre-configured, so it’s easy to get your site going.

Cons

  • There are many complaints about the provider’s customer service that are related to reachability and technical issues taking a long time to be solved or that can not be resolved at all.
  • The first year is cheap but from the second, the price usually increases steeply.
  • Far too many websites on the same server.
  • High fees for site restoration

HostGator, more details.

For its competitive prices, Host Gator is one of the most widespread services on the market. Each level of hosting (shared, VPS or dedicated) offers at least three plans. This makes it easy for websites to scale as needed.

Pros

  • It has one of the most attractive money-back guarantees because it protects you for 45 days. If the service is not what you expect, your money will be refunded as long as you request this within the aforementioned period.
  • Another thing we like is the control panel from which you can manage your sites and has functionalities such as adding shopping carts.
  • More programming languages possible compared to the competition

Cons

  • Once a week backups but only if your storage is less than 20 GB and 100,000 inodes. They only keep one backup so you have only one choice in case of site restoration.
  • The company charges $25 to restore your website
  • Overselling.
  • Slow loading sites
  • Bad support and long waiting times
  • Low uptime

Ionos, a closer look.

It is worth reviewing the comparative hosting of IONOS because it is a fast, flexible, secure and scalable option. If your project is only one website, you may want the Essential plan with 50GB of storage. The Business plan is the most popular product and works perfect for one or two websites, as it offers 100 GB of storage. But if you work with multiple websites and large projects, then you may be tempted to buy the Expert plan, perfect for up to 50 websites and 500GB of storage.

Pros

  • Free Wildcard SSL Certificate.
  • Good uptime
  • Good speed

Cons

  • Doubtful technical support
  • No free site migration
  • Overloading web servers

Hosting Comparison: how to know what you need

When we make a hosting comparison, mostly the first thing we look at is the price. This is a mistake.

You have to take into account the characteristics of your business. Your website is an investment like any other and you should give it exactly what it needs. We describe here three scenarios and the type of hosting you will need in each one:

  • You just started, you need a website that gives you Internet presence and, setting it up should not require much time. Most likely, you are going to do it yourself (even without technical knowledge), so you require a template that allows you to easily create something beautiful. In this case, start with a shared hosting service preferably including an easy drag and drop website builder.
  • You already started your website and it turns out you are right: your idea worked! You receive more and more visits so you need to add items, for example, a shopping cart. Or maybe it’s time to launch a membership service. Anyway, you are having success and you need more. In this situation, think of a VPS hosting service.
  • In this last scenario you already know that you need a dedicated server because an expert on your team recommended it to you. Your website is more than consolidated, you receive thousands of visits a month and you already hired some staff.

We hope that we succeeded in making you aware of the importance that website hosting has on your website.

As we mentioned at the beginning, web hosting will help you scale your website. If your idea was a success, you have customers, interested people, visitors, but if your website offers a bad experience simultaneously, you run the risk of vanishing success.

That’s why we now present our top 3 tips before buying hosting:

  • Check that the features of the plan you are going to buy fit all your needs. If you encounter technical terms that are difficult to understand, consult the Google search engine.
  • Make sure the company offers good customer service. For this we recommend that, before buying, you ask them some difficult questions, see how long it takes and if the answers are correct or not. If you are unable to think of good questions to ask, don’t worry, you can find them on Google.
  • Choose a service that has at least a 30 day no questions asked money back guarantee.

Conclusion of this GoDaddy comparison

Finally, after analyzing and comparing all the companies we are ready for the ranking. Here it is:

5 Stars out of 5: Linux Hosts Inc.

4 Stars out of 5: BlueHost.

4 Stars out of 5: A2 Hosting.

3 Stars out of 5: HostGator.

2 Stars out of 5: Ionos.

1 Stars out of 5: GoDaddy.

What a pity that there are so many providers practicing overselling. Without this bad practice, the web hosting world would look a lot better. Fortunately, there are websites like ours warning potential and existing customers against server overloading. Well, you have been warned. This actually means that, after this comparison, you know exactly which step to take. So you will go for a web host that will not overload its servers with thousands or hundreds of customers, isn’t it? Thanks for reading and good luck!