GoDaddy vs SiteGround

GoDaddy

SiteGround

Our Rating
Plan in review DeluxeGrowBig
Price before discount $10.99/month$19.95/month
Price (12-mo) $10.99 / month$19.95 / month
Price (24-mo) $9.39 / month$5.95 / month
Special Discount Random flash sales from time to time, check website for current deals.New users promo - 70% off!
Promo Code (Link activation)Link activation - New users promo
Website https://www.godaddy.comhttps://www.siteground.com

Summary

Pros
Extremely reliable – 100% host uptime at most times
Free site migration for GrowBig and GoGeek users
Choice of five server locations in three continents
Free let’s Encrypt Standard & Wild Card SSL
Innovative - Full SSD, HTTP/2, Built-in Cacher, NGINX, etc
Save 60% on your first bill
Best for WordPress and Drupal websites
Positive feedback from other SiteGround users
Good after sales support
Cons
Hosting price increases after first bill
Mixed results in our server speed test
Uptime guarantee does not cover outages in the event of DDoS
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Essential Features

Data Transfer UnlimitedUnlimited
Storage Capacity Unlimited20 GB
Control Panel CpanelPanel
Extra Domain Reg. $11.99/year for .com domain, prices vary for other TLDs.$15.95/yr for .com domain; prices vary for different TLDs.
Private Domain Reg. $9.99/year$12/yr
Auto Script Installer In-House ProgramSoftaculous (incl. 320+ apps)
Custom Cron Jobs YesYes
Site Backups $2.99/mo /siteYes
Dedicated IP $5.99/mo$54/year
Free SSL $6.25/moLet's Encrypt
Built-in Site Builder YesYes, Weebly
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Visit Onlinehttps://www.godaddy.comhttps://www.siteground.com

GoDaddy vs SiteGround: Who Is The Winner?


Winner: SiteGround

  • Solid hosting performance
  • Built-in Let's Encrypt SSL
  • Free site migration for first time users
  • Lastest server features – HTTP/s, built-in cacher, NGINX
  • Basic plan starts at $3.95/mo

If hunches were a valid form of currency, I’d probably be really rich right now but unfortunately, they’re not. Looking at both SiteGround and GoDaddy individually and side by side, I am faced with two very distinct sets of emotions and realised why it is always a good idea to do a comparison.

GoDaddy is one of the older web hosting service providers in the business and today has brown into a highly commercial giant that back in 2015 managed to raise $460 million in an IPO. It also has become the proverbial octopus, with tentacles in almost every aspect of the web hosting business.

SiteGround, on the other hand, doesn’t have such a distinctive history but instead has come across my attention time and again as an excellent host with a sterling reputation.

Pitting the two together plan to plan, it doesn’t really come to the fore that there is anything remarkably different. GoDaddy shared hosting plans start out at a modest $4.99 per month with 100GB of while SiteGround starts of at #3.95 per month with 10GB – but that’s SSD storage.

This is just one example of the subtle differences between the two. On the surface all looks well, but once you start digging a little deeper, you will see that there is a slight advantage on one side.

WordPress is King

One area where this sticks out like a sore thumb is in the WordPress arena. With this CMS being so massively popular, While SiteGround sticks to its package plans and offers extra support on its WordPress Hosting plans, GoDaddy has sought to upsell those and cranks up the fees considerably.

It should also be noted that SiteGround has put what looks like very real focus into the WordPress hosting scene by juicing up the features list. Their WordPress hosting offers a lot of things that you’d be hard pressed to find at similar price points elsewhere, not just with GoDaddy.

This includes not just standard features like automated updates of WordPress and its Plugins but also some proprietary technology like their SuperCacher to speed up WordPress sites. Last but not lease, SiteGround also has the WordPress credibility to back everything up, thanks to them being one of three hosts on the WordPress.com recommended host list.

This is not to say that GoDaddy falls flat – there is one redeeming point here. GoDaddy offers a site builder to use for those who aren’t looking to make their site WordPress based. Thanks to the size of their business, they are also a better all-round solution and offer many extra for those who might need it – business applications, for example.

With servers that WHRS has tested to offer uptime as effective as 100%, excellent latency test numbers and decent speed test results, SiteGround is the technically superior choice. It also has a much better reputation for customer support and that is a major clincher.

SiteGround Hosting Uptime (July 2018): 100%

No downtime recorded for the past 30 days in July 2018. Test site, therealjerrylow.com, stayed online for 3355 hrs, 34 mins at time of writing.

SiteGround Hosting Uptime (Mar 2018): 100%

No downtime recorded at SiteGround test site in March 2018.

Verdict: Who Goes Where?

At the end of the day, the differences between these two hosts make segregating my recommendations easier. If you’re looking to run a budget no-frills site on anything other than WordPress, then GoDaddy would be the choice.

SiteGround on the other hand is suitable for more advanced WordPress bloggers who know what they need and have the capability to use it. It is also ideal for business of any size due to their better support and technical performance.







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