GoDaddy have made a big effort recently to really cater to WordPress users. From their acquisition of Manage WP (which we use) to simplified WordPress installation and management tools, they are doing a great job.
That said I still have a common gripe and that is the aggressiveness of their upsells. It borders on sneaky sometimes, so just pay attention as you go through the signup process to make sure you don’t end up paying for more that you intended (or need).
GoDaddy Systems and Support
One thing you can’t fault GoDaddy on is their customer service. I have had cause to interact with support at GoDaddy many times and it has always been a good experience. Good quality support 24/7 is one of the major benefits of going with a big host like GoDaddy or one of the EIG brands.
GoDaddy Load Test
GoDaddy’s Load Impact test results are not brilliant. The average load time increased to 1.42s, and as you can see in the chart above they do exhibit a fairly linear relationship between the number of virtual concurrent users and the VU load time. This means the site got slower as the number of concurrent users increased from 1 to 100. As reflected in the chart above we can also see that the server started to return some failed requests as the load on the test site increased toward the the end of the testing, again something we don’t see on the best performing hosts.
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GoDaddy Page Speed & Uptime
|West Coast Load Time||1.42s|
|East Coast Load Time||0.945s|
|Average Page Load Time||1.187s|
GoDaddy’s YSlow grade jumped back up to 82 from 80 in the previous round of testing. 82 is a decent score for a stock standard WordPress install with no special optimizations, and still compares favorably with the other hosts we track.
They scored an average home page load time of 1.187 seconds which is decent but not great. Both their East Coast and West Coast load times with Pingdom were slower in this latest test, but they did improve their uptime to 100% throughout the last period.
GoDaddy is certainly the “big daddy” of web hosting, as they currently claim about 60 million sites hosted, and follow an aggressive mindshare marketing strategy in the mass media. They’re the biggest ICANN-accredited domain registrar by a long shot, and are as close as the web hosting industry has to a standard.
They were founded in Arizona in 1997, and sell other software and services products for e-business on the backs of their phenomenally successful hosting business.
GoDaddy offers as comprehensive a buffet of options as are to be found in the industry from any one hosting service– way too many to list here. All the standard and specialty hosting options, as well as SSL & Site Protection products, auctions, investor tools, marketing tools, website DIY tools, and of course any domain name search and registering services a small or large business would need.
GoDaddy’s prices are competitive, but customers can expect to pay a bit of a premium for the track record and reliability they offer. There are a number of hosting, marketing and nifty site-building products they offer that not many other hosting companies do. GoDaddy’s approach is to offer itself as an all-in-one, complete one-stop shop for a small business or individual’s web hosting needs.