Websites are an indispensable part of our lives. From blog writing to ticket bookings, everything is done through websites. It has completely revolutionized the way we use the Internet. But creating a website is no easy task. Apart from HTML and CSS codes, you need space from a server to upload (or deliver) your content. That’s where Web Hosts, such as GoDaddy, come handy. A Must read detailed Godaddy Web hosting Review
Web Hosting has become a flourishing industry, thanks to the billions of websites that they host. There are a plethora of these hosts available, but a few of them are a really worth it. Hostgator, a wonderful service, has already been reviewed by us. You can read about it by clicking on the link below.
GoDaddy is another such Web Host, which provides a nice user experience. Though not nearly as good as Hostgator (or even DreamHost, for that matter), it is capable of satisfying most of your consumer and business needs. The personal hosting experience can be defined as good, the business hosting services offered by GoDaddy are pretty awesome! It combines a solid uptime, business-friendly tools (including both Linux and Windows servers), virtual private servers and dedicated hosting with helpful customer service executives available round the clock. So how does GoDaddy really fare? Let’s find out.
Perhaps the most important aspect of maintaining a website is its uptime, as no one can find the products and services offered by it if the website is down. Nobody wants that. Fortunately, GoDaddy excels in this regard. Verification was done through a website monitoring tool which pinged the website every 15 minutes over a prolonged two week-period. Results revealed that this particular web host is remarkably stable.
Shared Web Hosting Packages Offered
A monthly fee is charged for its Linux- or Windows-based shared web servers, but prices are reduced if you opt for a multi-month or annual package. But unfortunately, it requires you to sign up for the expensive Deluxe ($8.99) or Ultimate ($14.99) plans to use it on a month-month basis. Even the basic Economy plan requires a sign up for three months. So the lack of single-month options may come across as discouraging.
The Economy package, the most basic one, includes a free domain name, storage space of 100 GB, the ability to host one website, 100 email addresses, and unlimited data transfers. The Deluxe plan removes restrictions on storage capacity and number of hosted websites, in addition to providing 500 email addresses. The Ultimate package includes a DNS management tool and an SSL certificate while raising the number of emails to 500.
Dedicated Server Plans
The dedicated server packages start at $129, which includes up to 32GB of RAM, 1.5TB of storage space, and 20TB of data transfers a month. The 32 GB RAM offered by GoDaddy is double that of rival HostGator, but it does not offer email in the plan, which has to be purchased separately. Hostgator also beats it in monthly data transfers.
Virtual Private Server Plans
GoDaddy offers an excellent range of Virtual Private Server plans, starting at $19.99 per month. It offers a choice of both Linux- and Windows-based servers, in addition to unlimited domains and emails. Hostwinds, a rival web host, offers unlimited monthly data transfers along with superior website-building tools, and the WordPress setup really is simpler. But GoDaddy offers a cheaper alternative for people who do not want shell out big bucks.
Setting up a hosted site
The integrated website builder does a wonderful job, making it incredibly easy to add forms, links to social media, slideshows, maps and other objects to the website by simply dragging items around the template. So, all-in-all, the website builder is far attractive of its competition.
But unfortunately, $1 per month is charged for using the tool. Though it might not be much, it definitely is a concern. But the upside is that it includes a host of apps you can add to your website, including Paypal, Homefinder, and Yelp.
Setting up a Managed WordPress Blog
The managed WordPress hosting services start at $3.99 per month. It includes thousands of themes and plugins, in addition to nightly backups and automatic updates. CMS comes pre-installed, which is not the case with most other web hosts. Once logged in, you can create posts, pages, and galleries at will. It comes with unlimited storage and monthly data transfers so that you don’t have to worry about exceeding limits. The flipside to all this is that email services are chargeable.
Email accounts are included with every shared hosting plans, but not with dedicated hosting plans. Email Essentials, starting at $4.99 a month (or $3.99 a month, if you opt for an annual commitment) gives you 5GB email storage, contact syncing, cross-device calendar, and Microsoft OneDrive for Business cloud storage of up to 2GB.
The Business Essential plan comes at $9.99 per month (or $7.49 per month in the case of an annual commitment) increases the storage capacity up to 50GB and the OneDrive storage to 1TB. Online Word and Excel are also thrown in. The Productivity Plus plan, starting at $14.99 per month (or $7.49 for as year) provides you with Microsoft Office mobile apps. It is really simple to set up the email, as the web host prompts you to create one during the sign-up process itself.
An eCommerce software named Quick Shopping Cart ($9.99 per month) can be downloaded during the installation. Though the software requires more knowledge on eCommerce page creation than its competitors, it allows a lot of flexibility. It allows you to design your own online store in minutes, just by dragging and dropping elements.
It offers 1GB of disk space, fraud management tools, QuickBooks integration along with Bing, Facebook, and Google AdWords. Premium ($29.99 per month) and Deluxe ($49.99 per month) plans are also available for those who want more storage space to showcase their products.
Sitelock (starting at $17.88 per year) is offered that provides a site-verification certificate in addition to spam and malware monitoring. Depending upon the selected package, you can scan up to 500 of your website’s subpages to check for network defects and malware.
GoDaddy offers 24×7 telephone and Web chat support. Of all the web hosting services offered, it is definitely the best we’ve experienced. The representatives are friendly and knowledgeable. The Web chat support is also pretty good, with the representative answering your questions in less than a minute.
The Last Word
With numerous business- and consumer-friendly options, GoDaddy also offers an incredible customer support experience. The drawbacks are that the SiteBuilder doesn’t come free and that the WordPress builder might intimidate those who aren’t very familiar with it. All that said, if you’re looking to quickly get started on your own website, go with GoDaddy.