The first impression GoDaddy’s website host has left on me is that it is fairly good. A new web developer can easily create a website within minutes.
As an inexperienced web developer, you can reap the benefit of getting most of the tools and web designs already ready for you.
However, I will not mislead you and there are other alternatives available in the market. SiteGround is one such name. It can give GoDaddy a good competition in every possible way.
This review will shed light on these two web hosting companies, namely GoDaddy and SiteGround.
First, let’s look at what kind of features do they have in common and exceptional. They have promised reliable uptime, great speed and integration of a wide range of apps.
These features will certainly make a good impression on you. However, in this review I have also considered security features, hosting plans and their prices and other additional features as well.
While selecting a web host you need to look at the reliability of the uptime. Their uptime between December 2017 to March 2019 was 99.99%.
Not only SiteGround has got a reliable uptime but also it is exceptional because under their service level agreement they claim that your money will be compensated with months of hosting free if the uptime is below the mark. There is also unlimited bandwidth.
HostGator, another web hosting site, does the same. However, GoDaddy does not have any money compensation policy. First of all, GoDaddy offers 99.97 % uptime. There is no bandwidth limit.
Siteground is also very serious with speed, let alone satisfactory uptime. It’s average speed between December 2017 and March 2019 was around 713 ms. They maintain high speed because their servers are present in three continents. Other additional features like Supercacher and NGINX which can make your website faster. The Supercacher allows speed optimization through Memcached. You can avoid the problem of traffic. GoDaddy promises great speed too. Its average speed is 517ms, which is a good speed considering your work. It means you can run your website without any panic attacks with both the websites.
Integration of Apps and e-Commerce Features
The advantage that you get from GoDaddy’s platform is the opportunity of integration of different apps like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla, etc.
In SearchGuard also you can work on WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla, etc. Just like WordPress Hosting you can install the plugin of Woo Commerce in SiteGround and start your own online shop.
However, the WooCommerece is most effective with SiteGround’s Go Geek Plan.
You need to pay $30 more to get this service. GoDaddy has GoCentral as their website builder where you can open and run an online store.
It is also noteworthy that all plans include Solid State Disks (SSD)s. It shows that SiteGuard is up-to-date with the latest technology.
You may know SSD provides for a 100x increase in input or output operations as compared to regular drives. It has got a top speed of PHP7. Thus Siteguard offers faster hardware, web server, and CMS with their advanced technology.
GoDaddy does not utilize technology to a great extent. I think the sophisticated use of technology of SiteGuard is their biggest strength.
Varied Hosting Plans
SiteGround provides all kinds of services, like not only Shared Web Hosting but also Cloud Hosting, Reseller Hosting, and Dedicated Hosting.
GoDaddy also provides similar kinds of services but it does not have Cloud Hosting or Managed Cloud Hosting in this bundle. Such a disappointment!
The great news for any web developer is that SSL certificates are included in all SiteGround plans. Not only that, all their plans comprise the Cloud FlareCDN.
They are the first who started using the technology named HTTP/2 protocol. It requires an encrypted connection. The Go Geek plan offer PCI- compliant.
It means you will be able to go online and process credit card transactions. I love the fact that how SiteGround has made security features available for all its users.
They have Artificial Intelligence solutions that stop between 500,000 and 2 million brute-force attempts per hour across all our servers.
This is not the case with GoDaddy. GoDaddy’s security feature is not advanced at all. In GoDaddy, you can become a member but no password protection is available for different pages.
Can you imagine that your web site’s information is completely insecure and unprotected?
The top hosts like SiteGround and others in the market usually have features like an SSL certificate on every plan. This is a significant service provided by most of the web hosting companies. This service is required to run a site today.
Unfortunately, GoDaddy does not offer any of these features in their lower rate plans, which leads to a lot of the upsells along the way. I think they lose a good number of clients for this reason too.
What makes me happier is that daily backups can also be done with SiteGround web hosting site. It means you will never lose your valuable fillies and documents.
Unlike GoDaddy, Other hosts will give you backups and website security too. But both of those will cost you another $2.99/month and $5.59/month respectively.
Money-back Guarantees and Site migration
SiteGround offers a full 30-day money-back guarantee on all shared hosting plans. On the other hand, their cloud, VPS, and dedicated hosting plans only come with a 15-day refund.
You do not get any refunds on renewals. However, the packages include the free transfer of the site. It means you can transfer your site free of charge anytime.
GoDaddy offers 45 days of the money-back guarantee. But GoDaddy does not offer any free site migrations.
And if you want them to do it for you, the rate is $99.99/site and might take at least 7-10 days to get it done. That’s a lot of time compared to other web hosting platforms.
Quality of customer service
Customer service is another area. While developing your website you should get some knowledge about it. For queries and support, you can always reach the 24/7 service of SiteGround.
The efficient support team is available on phone and also in the form of live chat. Moreover, as a client of Go Geek plan, you will get the priority of being a VIP client.
You will be always connected with an experienced technician. Most of the reviews of GoDaddy show that the clients are not happy with the customer service. They have got live chat and phone. But you cannot reach them through email.
The other vital drawback that stands out except for the high price is that SiteGround does not provide unlimited disk space.
Disk space is the amount of space available on the server to store your pages, images, videos, and files, etc.
Unfortunately, its disk space is very low. The entry-level is 10 GB. However, for other plans, 20 GB and 30 GB are really below average.
GoDaddy, on the contrary, provides unlimited disk space.
A free domain name is provided by most of the web hosting companies. GoDaddy is also not an exception to that. To attract more customers, it provides a free domain name.
It has got domains under their belt. SiteGround is also not lagging behind. It has got domain owners. However, if you have already a domain name then it is easy to sign up with SiteGround.
Otherwise, you have to pay another $15.95 per year for a domain name.
This review is not meant to show that one web hosting platform is better than the other. Each is unique in its features.
While expert web developers might dislike the idea of using simplified tools, the new-comers or people having average knowledge about web development are more likely to enjoy guidelines, tutorials, and pre-designed templates.
No hosting platform is absolutely perfect. But, they are constantly trying to improve their services to gain your confidence and trust.
Both SiteGround and GoDaddy offer plans that can accommodate your needs. In a way, it opens the doors for so many to explore opportunities.
Hopefully, this review is expected to give you better ideas of what web hosting sites, like GoDaddy and SiteGround will do for you quickly and effortlessly when you start your career as a web developer.
Price of Shared Hosting Plans
Let’s now look at what kinds of shared hosting plans both of these companies offer. You will be shocked by the pricing tricks they play with their clients.
Both companies have hidden fees and high renewal rates. So as an inexperienced person, you can start a website with them but as months go by you will find you are paying more and more money to get even some basic services.
The StartUP Plan vs Economy Plan
The StartUP plan is for the new-comers. With this plan, you can handle up to 10000 unique visits every month. The plan will charge $3.95 per month. SiteGround offer integration opportunities with WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. As a new web developer, you can explore more and develop your site more confidently.
On the other contrary, the Economy Plan of GoDaddy is their startup plan. You can start with one website only at $2.99/month (renews at $7.99/month).
You will get 100 GB storage, unmetered bandwidth, free business email and a free domain name for the first year. However, the Economy Plan lacks facilities like SSL certificate, backups, security, or site migrations. In this case, I would prefer SiteGround.
The Grow Big Plan vs Deluxe Plan
The Grow Big Plan is the second plan offered by SiteGround. This plan includes all the features of the StartUp Plan.
Additionally, the Grow Big plan can host multiple websites. 30 back up copies and free restore option are also available. You can work with WordPress and Joomla through this plan. All these facilities you will get at only $ 5.95.
In Deluxe Plan of GoDaddy, a user will get unlimited websites only at $4.99/month (renews at $10.99/month). It comes with all of the Economy Plan’s features, plus unlimited storage and subdomains.
You can also go with their Ultimate Plan. Ultimate Plan covers all Deluxe features and more for $5.99/month (renews at $16.99/month).
It includes two times the processing power and memory, a free SSL certificate for the first year, premium DNS, and unlimited databases. I think this is a good bargain for you.
The Go Geek Plan vs Maximum Plan
The Go Geek Plan is the highest plan offered by SiteGround. The Go Geek plan is costlier than the other two plans. It charges $11.95.
It can host unlimited website and 30GB space for 1000000 visits per month. It comes with one-click Git repo creation and PCI compliance. Usually, experienced web developers will like this plan.
Mostly because the installation of programs called SFTP and PHP is possible. Besides, multi-level caching is available. A user can get hold of a staging environment for sites to preview or test before adding new features into production.
The highest plan of GoDaddy is called Maximum Plan. It consists of all Ultimate features and more for $12.99/month (renews at $29.99/month).
You get two times the power and memory, two times “maximum site traffic” and a free SSL certificate the entire term of your purchase. It is true that GoDaddy offers you more options in case of purchase.
You can compare their prices and go for anyone for maximum results.
If you are ready to start your website with SiteGround, let me tell you one more thing. It has got hidden fees.
For example at the beginning when you start your website they will charge you another $14.95 along with the introductory price. Like GoDaddy, their renewal fee is also very high. So, don’t fall in the trap.