GoDaddy started offering the so-called fully managed WordPress hosting service in the last couple of months. Everything looks attractive for many beginners who want an easy way to build a website. But later, when they see the facts in-depth, everything will look different and not the same as they want.
In this post, I’ll share my own review about the Godaddy WordPress hosting services, and I’ll compare the speed with the famous WP Engine.
My experience with the GoDaddy WordPress hosting
GoDaddy is a well-known shared hosting provider, even, they host dedicated servers and VPS. From the first days that they launched their fully managed WordPress hosting, I’ve decided to try them. Honestly, I just used a domain that I’m not using just to see how things work with them.
After creating my account, I started the installation, and everything was a little confusing, as all the GoDaddy’s control panel. I’m not trying to make GoDaddy bad, but really, their control panel should be easier than that, especially, for beginners who use their services for the first time.
Next, I tried to upload a small database, but, I found that they don’t offer the cPanel. Luckily, they offer cPanel now after upgrading their hosting service. I’ve used the phpMyAdmin instead, and everything worked, except for the slow loading time that I can’t accept.
Frankly, I have contacted their support for other things and they replied gently, but, hadn’t tried to ask them to fix the loading time issue. It was some 7 seconds, and even more, for a one-page website, with a few paragraphs and one small image.
Later, I asked some readers who hosted with them, just to see how things worked for them. They reported the same issue with the loading time that was horrible. But, many of them have contacted the support team, and they fixed the problem.
That’s what I’ve missed because it was a test site and not a serious project. So, it’s good news to know that the GoDaddy support fixed the loading time problem. By the way, it was a caching system issue, to be exact.
Now, compared to HostGator, GoDaddy may look attractive as they offer a long list of features, but in reality, for WordPress, it’s not always possible to achieve a higher level of site optimization without advanced tools. For that reason, if you don’t wish to deal with server issues, then, try the HostGator monthly hosting solution and try it for one month, you’ll like it and stay with them for a long time.
Summary of the GoDaddy WordPress hosting
Instead of making things complicated and long, I prefer putting them in clear points.
Pro of GoDaddy’s WordPress Hosting
- Guided WordPress installs
- You have cPanel which is great
- Enough monthly bandwidth for a small blog
- Phone support
- Free domain name
- Daily backup
- SSD drives
- PhpMyAdmin access
Cons of GoDaddy’s WordPress Hosting
- A little confusing account control panel
- Not as fast as it should be
- Some downtimes
- Lots of advertising offers
GoDaddy adds its own WordPress plugin to your installation. They add a setup tool and you can create simple pages like the “about us” and the “contact” page. If you’ve never tried anything like that before, then, GoDaddy hosting will be a good choice for you.
On the other side, if you already know these easy things, and you want to get the superior quality, then, GoDaddy still good, but not the best, without a doubt.
With that cheap price, no one can offer a real premium WordPress hosting. That needs super-fast servers, powerful caching systems, optimized infrastructure, and of course, a custom PHP accelerator.
All that needs billions in terms of investments and configuration. If you keep that in mind, you will conclude that the low-cost WordPress hosting won’t be the best choice. But, it’s recommended for newbies and people who look for a personal blog or company website without any setup knowledge.
WordPress is a PHP and MySQL software that needs a fully optimized server to work properly, and super fast. GoDaddy can be a good choice, but only if you have a little investment to put on a single blog. Later, when you need more disk space or sites, you can upgrade and get the next level plans.
They make things easy to use, in terms of installations and adding the first pages. But, if you really want to host a professional blog and take care of all the things, then I only recommend WP Engine. No other company can beat what they offer in speed, support, features, and reliability.