GoDaddy Review: Can You Trust Their Shared Hosting?

According to BuiltWith, 1 in every 20 websites seems to be hosted on GoDaddy. Undeniably, they are a hosting titan, with around 20 million customers, over 9,000 employees and more than 80 million domains managed.

But this is not a popularity contest…

… Instead, I am about to review GoDaddy, so that you know what to expect from their performance, what the deal is with their support and how much it will really cost you – spoiler alert, their pricing can get confusing.

You can check out our video-review if you don’t want to read the full review:

What Products Does GoDaddy Offer?

GoDaddy offers dozens of products and comes with many available plans. So, first let me tell you a bit more about their hosting offer.

  • GoDaddy is one of the largest domain name registrars. With them you can get almost any domain extension you are looking for: .com, .net, .org, .law or even .today. A .com domain will cost you $11.99 the first year and $17.99 after, not the cheapest.
  • At GoDaddy, there are shared hosting plans available too. It’ll cost you between $8.99 and $24.99 at renewal. With this type of hosting service, you’ll share a server with other clients. It’s suitable for small and medium projects that don’t need top performing servers.
  • Like many other hosting providers, GoDaddy has a WordPress optimized shared hosting service. They seem to prepare their servers for a higher WordPress performance, offer WordPress pre-installed and have a selection of themes available. Nothing too exciting if you ask me. It starts at $9.99 a month when you renew.
  • GoDaddy VPS plans are for those with special server configuration needs. With the root (administrative) access you’ll be able to configure your server to your preferences. They also come with a higher performance than shared hosting plans. VPS plans at GoDaddy start at $6 a month (self-hosted) and can go all the way up to $174 per month.
  • If the higher performance of a VPS is not enough for your site, a dedicated hosting package is your best next option. With these, you’ll have your own server for yourself and won’t have neighbors interfering with your project. But you’ll need a budget for that as dedicated servers start at $149.99 per month at GoDaddy.
  • GoDaddy also offers email hosting plans, so you can have a professional-looking address like [email protected]. They start at $5.99 per user per month for 10 GB of email storage.
  • For the less tech-savvy users, they also have a website builder to create your site with. To be honest, it’s not my favorite site builder as some features come up a bit short (e.g. the blog). Other alternatives like Weebly, Wix or Squarespace seem to me more well-rounded.

But their offering doesn’t stop there, among others they also have a hosting reseller program so you can sell hosting plans to your clients, web design services and SEO consulting.

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