GoDaddy Review 2022 :
GoDaddy is an inevitable part of internet history. They’ve helped launch millions of websites since 1997. GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons is a visionary for financial software services. Decided to resign to compete with Network Solutions for domain registration services.
Over the past 22 years, these companies have become the largest ICANN-accredited registrars on the Internet. The company’s business group has more than 60,000,000 registered website domains. Their main hub is a 270,000-square-foot data center in Phoenix, Arizona, and they are rapidly moving their infrastructure to the AWS Cloud (Amazon Web Services).
My Personal Experience
I have been a GoDaddy customer since registering my first domain in 2002. They didn’t offer hosting at the time. So I use another provider. (I’ve been a HostGator customer since 2008)
I never thought to use them for hosting in the next few years because I always thought of them as my domain registrar. I am a major contributor to using tech companies as major competitors.
Despite having 17 years of experience as a domain registrar client. But my first hosting account with them was in 2019 when we launched this hosting review site.
Here is a link to our test beacon site on the GoDaddy service:
Average uptime and performance metrics are pretty good:
Response time: 879ms
WordPress processing time: 455 ms
With the basic plan you get 100 GB of decent storage and unlimited bandwidth. Of course, you get a free domain name for the first year. It’s cheap. Introductory fees start at $2.99 per month.
Three main considerations
speed and reliability
For a big company like GoDaddy, I expect it to be strong. No one has time to crash your website. Your website must be fast. Regardless of the number of visitors to the website
GoDaddy has been operating multi-million dollar infrastructure for years. And should be able to deliver Apparently they offer a simple WordPress site as a test tab every month.
In all of our tests, GoDaddy exceeded expectations in terms of uptime and speed. They are also ahead of most competitors.
Here’s a quick chart detailing GoDaddy’s performance by month:
- July 2019 average uptime: 99.98% average load speed: 793 ms
- Aug 2019 average uptime: 100% average load speed: 776 ms
- Sep 2019 average uptime: 100% average load speed: 748 ms
- Oct 2019 average uptime: 99.99% average load speed: 828 ms
- Nov 2019 average uptime: 99.99% average load speed: 851 ms
- Dec 2019 average uptime: 99.99% average load speed: 837 ms
- Jan 2020 average uptime: 99.97% average load speed: 886 ms
- Feb 2020 average uptime: 99.93% average load speed: 849 ms
- Mar 2020 average uptime: 99.97% average load speed: 839 ms
- Apr 2020 average uptime: 99.98% average load speed: 807 ms
- May 2020 average uptime: 99.98% average load speed: 813 ms
- Jun 2020 average uptime: 99.99% average load speed: 866 ms
- Aug 2020 average uptime: 99.97% average load speed: 887 ms
- Sep 2020 average uptime: 99.98% average load speed: 870 ms
- Oct 2020 average uptime: 99.97% average load speed: 916 ms
- Nov 2020 average uptime: 99.64% average load speed: 915 ms
- Dec 2020 average uptime: 99.98% average load speed: 1,033 ms
- Jan 2021 average uptime: 99.99% average load speed: 939 ms
- Feb 2021 average uptime: 99.99% average load speed: 964 ms
- Mar 2021 average uptime: 99.98% average load speed: 874 ms
- Apr 2021 average uptime: 99.94% average load speed: 936 ms
- May 2021 average uptime: 99.96% average load speed: 1,003 ms
- June 2021 average uptime: 99.94% average load speed: 950 ms
July 2019 Thru June 2022
|Average Page Speed||879 ms|
|Average Uptime||99.96% 15 minutes over 10 outages|
|Average Render Time||455 ms|
|Average Security Threats||5 attempts|
|Support||24/7 Live Chat – 24/7 Phone Support|
|Apps||WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and more|
|Features||Unmetered bandwidth, 100GB storage, free email and free domain 1st year|
|Plans||Shared, WordPress, Cloud, Reseller, VPS and Dedicated Servers|
|Pricing||Starting at $5.99/mo (renews at $8.99/mo)|
GoDaddy has several ways to contact them for assistance. You can contact support via phone, email and live chat.
They also have a fairly deep knowledge base. But I’m struggling to keep up with a few things.
I have a practice that can help you quickly understand how support technology can help you. All I did was open a support ticket and ask some simple basic questions.
Here are some quick questions every data center operator should keep in mind:
“Which version of RHEL or CentOS is my site running?”
Quite simply, what OS does the server use? Almost all web hosting companies use Linux, be it Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or CentOS.
If one can’t ignore tier 1 support for data center operations or send instant IMs, I wonder what’s going on there.
Here is a screenshot of my support chat:
Some info about this interaction:
It hurts really hard to figure out how to start a conversation. Until the end, I used the proxy “Tanyaranee” and groped for more than 20 minutes, but I still didn’t get the answer to that question.
To make matters worse, other hosting providers we reviewed were able to answer this question within seconds of being asked.
Some positive notes:
Although chat is hard to find, GoDaddy puts your phone number anywhere and it’s easy to find. Their phone representatives are also very friendly.
The chat software connected quickly and the representative “Thanranee” verified my account before answering the question. Not all hosting companies do this. This makes it more vulnerable to social engineering attacks.
GoDaddy is one of the cheapest web hosting providers. You can get started with their basic plan for as low as $2.99 per month for one site, and their most popular plan for high traffic sites is as low as $12.99 per month.
Considering your uptime and speed results, that’s fine. Sometimes, you can get what you pay for with a cheap hosting company. Many at the lowest level can’t produce results like GoDaddy.
Remember, this is just the starting price. After the initial period (usually a year) is over, the price increases. They offer a money-back guarantee. But we hear bad experiences from those who try to embrace them.
The longer you pay in advance, the cheaper it is. If I only buy 3 months in advance, I want to do them a disservice. Here is a copy of my purchase receipt for the GoDaddy Economics program for the first quarter of this year:
Here are the renewal details after my first three months ended. You don’t have much time until you buy at least a month in advance.
Available Plans, prices and details
The Value plan includes website hosting for $2.99 per month ($7.99 per month for a renewal plan). The plan includes 100 GB of storage and unlimited bandwidth. Free business email for the first year The first year includes free domain registration.
The Deluxe plan includes all the features of the Value plan, plus unlimited domains and storage. With this plan, you can host unlimited websites for $4.99/month ($10.99/month renewal plan).
The Ultimate plan includes all the features of the Deluxe plan. Add some additional performance improvements for $5.99/month (renew for $19.99/month).
The Ultimate plan has twice the CPU and RAM as the Value and Deluxe plans. It also comes with a free SSL certificate for the first year, premium DNS. and unlimited databases
The Max Plan includes everything the Max Plan does, plus just $12.99 per month (renewing it has twice the CPU and RAM capacity of the Ultimate plan, giving you twice what they call “maximum website traffic”.
A nice feature of the Ultimate plan is a free SSL certificate during the purchase. Not just one year like the ultimate plan.
Plan Feature Comparison
- Domain Name Included: Yes, if purchased at least 12 months in advance, the first year is free, then renewed for $12.99 per year.
- The installation process is simple – fill out a three-page registration form. Shapes have a lot of sales. Make sure to read all checkboxes before continuing.
- Admin Panel Experience – After many clicks, the GoDaddy control panel is very clean and easy to use. Site administration using cPanel.
- Third-party application support: One-click integration with Installatron to install popular open source scripts such as WordPress, Weebly, Joomla, Drupal, OpenCart, etc.
- Server Information: Linux CentOS 6, PHP 5 or 7, MySQL 5.6, PostgreSQL 10
- Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex and PayPal.
- Fees and Concerns: Domain names are non-refundable. Domain and hosting renewal fees are increasing.
- Increase sales – GoDaddy Payments boosts sales tremendously. Mainly used for SSL add-on services, backup and data security.
If you need more services or features than the shared hosting plans we reviewed, GoDaddy offers a range of other web hosting services. This includes resellers, VPS, business cloud and dedicated servers.
Do we recommend GoDaddy?
Yes, we recommend GoDaddy for hosting, however, we still recommend shopping.
We really like GoDaddy’s speed and usability. Its price is attractive for an initial license, and renewals aren’t terrible.
The main problem we’ve seen with GoDaddy is that most of the basic functionality required to run a website is upsells and all plugins.
Adding these sales to your plan can easily double your expenses. The best hosting providers on our list offer these features for free.