Updated September 2022

GoDaddy Review

GoDaddy is the brainchild of Bob Parsons, who originally founded it in 1997 as Jomax Technologies. Parsons came out of retirement to create the company after selling his original software to Intuit in 1994. The company name was changed to GoDaddy in 2006 (borrowed from an employee who suggested “Big Daddy”). 

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Overview & Verdict

The company has since grown, and to date, GoDaddy still hosts the largest number of unique websites by almost four times their closest competitor, boasting over 82 million domain names hosted. Let’s take a look at GoDaddy’s services to see if they’re the right fit for your business.

In this review, we’ll review the following GoDaddy services: 

  • Shared Hosting (Web Hosting)
  • Managed WordPress Hosting
  • VPS Hosting
  • Dedicated Server Plans
  • Website Builder 
  • eCommerce

 

Pros

Provide a wide range of web hosting services

Can accommodate the needs of anyone from a lone blogger fighting the good fight with their words to a large corporation that has an entire IT division on hand to do the necessary work

Costs are competitive with other web hosting providers without pricing out the competition

Cons

For the novice, searching out web hosting services might be confusing

Significant difference between features in hosting services plans

Quick Info

Money Back Guarantee
Global Presence

Uptime

Yes, 30 days

Yes, 3 Locations

Guaranteed, 99.9%

Select Services & Pricing

$3.60 - $14.50 /mo

$12.95 - $94.95 /mo

$4.95 - $24.95 /mo

$18.95 - $36.95 /mo

$14.95 - $128.95 /mo

Shared Hosting

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The GoDaddy site does not promote any services specified as shared hosting, but its web hosting service seems to fit the bill. 

They offer four plans: Economy, Deluxe, Ultimate, and Maximum. Each comes with a free domain and the ability to install WordPress with the click of a button at no extra cost, and it also provides a pre-installed payment platform so a site can accept payments from visiting customers. 

All plans also include Microsoft 365 email, free for the first year. The novice site builder or hobbyist can jump right in with the Economy plan and begin, whereas the Maximum plan is more toward a client with a clear business mission in mind.

Each plan offers an introductory rate for the first year and then increases by $2 to $5 per month at the first annual renewal. The cost of the plans incrementally increases at both the introductory rate and the standard rate after the first annual renewal. The Economic and Deluxe are reasonably affordable, with the Deluxe plan only a couple of dollars more per month at both the introductory and standard rates. The Economy package provides ten databases and 100 GB of storage. In contrast, the Deluxe gives the customer 25 potential databases and unlimited storage for roughly $5 more per month at the standard subscription fee. 

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WordPress Hosting

5.0

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GoDaddy offers WordPress hosting for clients of any skill level, with four different plans to choose from:

  • Basic: $9.99/month 
  • Deluxe: $13.99/month 
  • Ultimate: $16.99/month 
  • Ecommerce: $26.99/month 

All plans include a free domain and a pre-installed payment platform to accept payment from site customers. They all include Microsoft 365 email, free for the first year, then have an additional annual cost to re-up, and come with SSL that renews each year at no extra cost. GoDaddy provides a daily backup with an easy restore feature and daily malware scans. 

VPS Hosting

VPS (or Virtual Private Server) hosting aims for clients with a solid working knowledge of networking and internet technologies. GoDaddy offers two styles of VPS hosting: straight VPS and VPS - Fully Managed. Both types come in one of four plans: 1vCPU, 2vCPU, 4vCPU, and 8vCPU.

 

Each plan has the processing power indicated in the plan name. Each tier offers at least one additional IP upon request and is subdivided into two RAM level specifications: Standard RAM level or High RAM level. The Standard RAM level provides 2, 4, 8, and 16 GB of RAM, respectively. The High RAM level offers 4, 8, 16, and 32 GB of RAM. Plans start at around $5/month, but the highest tier costs about $200/month.

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Dedicated Server Plans

Dedicated web hosting is for expert clients or customers with knowledgeable IT personnel. GoDaddy offers two service levels: conventional Dedicated Server Hosting and Dedicated Server Hosting - Fully Managed. They also offer four dedicated server plans: DS-32, DS-64, DS-128, and DS-256, with the plan name indicating the amount of RAM provided at each tier. Each plan runs either an Intel Xeon processor or an AMD EPYC processor. The storage runs from 2x4 TB to 2x8 TB RAID-1. The SSD storage option begins at 2x500 GB RAID-1 and tops out at 2x1 TB RAID-1. What the SSD system lacks in storage capacity it makes up in the speed and reliability of a solid-state drive.

Each service level gives the customer the option of standard HDD storage or SSD storage, with the SSD option running roughly $10 to $20 more per month. The most basic, self-managed dedicated server level starts at a little over $100 per month, with the highest full-managed tier, complete with SSD storage topping out over $500 monthly.

Website Builder

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GoDaddy users must start with the free website builder plan and then upgrade once they've set up their account. Users can choose to remain on the free plan, which offers some impressive standard features, including a website with hosting, 24/7 support, SSL security, and a content creation tool from GoDaddy Studios.  

 

The paid plans are the Basic, Standard, Premium, and Commerce packages. The paid plans include a website builder, custom domain connection, website security (SSL), and a website and marketing analytics dashboard. The Standard plan adds SEO optimization and an increase of email marketing sends per month, from 100 at the Basic level to 500 at the Standard level. The Premium plan adds a website chatbot and an array of appointment-making and scheduling tools into the mix. The most significant leap is the Commerce package, which takes out the scheduling tools, but adds a slew of eCommerce features.

eCommerce

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GoDaddy offers two different eCommerce service levels. The first is the Managed WordPress Ecommerce Hosting service, which gives access to WooCommerce tools. The client pays an initial cost upfront to access the WooCommerce tools. 

 

The second listed service is the GoDaddy Online Store Builder, which allows clients to create and customize an online store without requiring any payment until they are ready to start filling orders. Once the client is satisfied with their online store's layout, pricing, and structure, they pay GoDaddy to open for business.

Reseller Plans

Customers can do their own web hosting using GoDaddy assets, whether to host an internal corporate network or resell web hosting to their customers, with GoDaddy as a third-party vendor.

 

Reseller plans come in four flavours: Enhance, Grow, Expand, Established. The lowest tier provides 2 CPUs, 4 GB of RAM, and 90 GB of storage. Each level adds a CPU, maxing out at 4 CPUs with the Expand plan. Each subsequent plan offers more RAM and storage, topping out at 16 GB of RAM and 240 GB of storage with the Established plan.

GoDaddy Pros and Cons

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Customers can do their own web hosting using GoDaddy assets, whether to host an internal corporate network or resell web hosting to their customers, with GoDaddy as a third-party vendor.

 

Reseller plans come in four flavours: Enhance, Grow, Expand, Established. The lowest tier provides 2 CPUs, 4 GB of RAM, and 90 GB of storage. Each level adds a CPU, maxing out at 4 CPUs with the Expand plan. Each subsequent plan offers more RAM and storage, topping out at 16 GB of RAM and 240 GB of storage with the Established plan.

GoDaddy Pros

GoDaddy is a giant in the web hosting industry for a reason.

  • Provide a wide range of web hosting services
  • Can accommodate the needs of anyone from a lone blogger fighting the good fight with their words to a large corporation that has an entire IT division on hand to do the necessary work
  • Costs are competitive with other web hosting providers without pricing out the competition

GoDaddy Cons

Some of GoDaddy's hosting services outline the features available with each plan and promote what they can do for the customer without outlining what the service does. For example, the features between Managed WordPress Hosting and the Website Builder plans differ significantly, without any clear picture on either respective page as to how the two options are different services. For the novice, searching out web hosting services might be confusing.

GoDaddy Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the GoDaddy Servers located? 

GoDaddy's main data center is in Phoenix, AZ, but has servers located in Los Angeles, Chicago, Ashburn, VA, and two other server sites in Scottsdale and Tempe, AZ. They also have international server sites in Amsterdam and Singapore. 

How can I contact the GoDaddy Support team? 

Customers in the U.S. and Canada can reach a 24/7 support team member at 1-480-366-3550. This phone number can also be found on the GoDaddy Contact Us page. You can also click on a Global Directory link that provides the phone numbers and hours for international call centers by country.

How do I request a refund? 

You can only request a refund if they have not yet activated the service in question and the request is made within 30 days of making the payment. If these conditions are met, the user will need to delete the service from their GoDaddy account and contact customer support to request a refund.

What is the cheapest package on GoDaddy? 

The lowest cost package on GoDaddy would be their free website builder, which provides hosting and some barebones features. As for paid services, the Economy web hosting package starts at $4.33 per month for the first year and is $8.99 per month every year after that.  

Is unlimited hosting truly unlimited?

All web hosting has limits. As expansive as any service might be, even the largest network of computers is a finite construct. Anything labelled as unlimited suggests that the resources are so powerful and vast that a customer is doubtful to reach the limits of the service.

Ready to get GoDaddy ?

In this review, we looked at GoDaddy’s major services and their pricing, as well as the pros and cons of choosing GoDaddy. Whether or not they’re the right choice for you will depend entirely on your needs and budget, but make sure to check out our other reviews before making a final decision

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