|Plan in review||Deluxe||GrowBig|
|Price before discount||$||$|
|Price (12-mo)||$10.99 / month||$24.99 / month|
|Price (24-mo)||$9.39 / month||$14.99 / month|
|Special Discount||Random flash sales from time to time, check website for current deals.||-|
|Promo Code||(Link activation)||-|
Extremely reliable – 100% host uptime at most times
Excellent server performance - Test site loads below 200ms
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
Hosting price increases after first bill
Uptime guarantee does not cover outages in the event of DDoS
|Storage Capacity||Unlimited||20 GB|
|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 Program||Softaculous (incl. 320+ apps)|
|Custom Cron Jobs||Yes||Yes|
|Site Backups||$2.99/mo /site||Yes|
|Free SSL||$6.25/mo||Let's Encrypt|
|Built-in Site Builder||Yes||Yes, Weebly|
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.
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%
SiteGround Hosting Uptime (Mar 2018): 100%
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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