SiteGround vs. GoDaddy: Two Giant Web Hosts Go Head-to-Head
Choosing a web host is a massive decision. It determines almost every future aspect of how your site runs. As such, it’s understandable why so many users get overwhelmed and opt for the cheapest solution. Given the competitive pricing and feature set of SiteGround vs. GoDaddy, many would-be site owners will weigh up both options.
However, you shouldn’t judge any host solely on price. There are plenty of other features that have greater importance. The level of support you’ll get is a top concern, as is stability and scalability.
Given the important decision you’ll need to make, this post will pit SiteGround vs. GoDaddy against each other to see which one comes out on top!
What You Should Look For When Choosing a Web Host
We mentioned that pricing shouldn’t necessarily be a leading factor in your choice of web host. As such, there are other areas you’ll want to pay attention to:
• Check the host’s uptime. A low percentage will see your site go down more than is reasonable, affecting your traffic and potential income.
• Assess whether the host can serve your visitors. The bandwidth on your plan should give you enough ‘juice’ to make sure your visitors don’t experience dropouts and lagging load speeds.
• Ascertain the host’s server infrastructure. This seems complicated, but in reality, you’ll want to look at the hardware used to power the host’s servers. For optimal performance, the hardware must offer power and be able to run modern software such as the current PHP version.
Once you’ve narrowed down the competition based on these factors, you can then look into subjective aspects such as the level of customer support you’ll get and (of course) the price.
SiteGround vs. GoDaddy: A Head to Head Comparison
In the rest of this article, we’ll compare SiteGround vs. GoDaddy on features, performance, customer support, and pricing.
At the end of the post, you’ll get a summary of which one we recommend to host your next WordPress website.
• Developer-focused features on higher tiers, such as Git integration, white-labeling, and staging functionality.
• Managed servers, as opposed to unmanaged servers, on all plans.
However, it’s not a dedicated WordPress host – you’re able to host all manner of sites on its servers. This isn’t necessarily a problem, though, and in SiteGround’s case, the team are regulars at WordCamps across the globe. What’s more, there are several WordPress experts employed by SiteGround, and the host also contributes to WordPress’ core code.
GoDaddy is also a well-known name within web hosting and is one of the oldest providers on the market. While it’s not a recommended provider, the service has become more WordPress-focused over time. It’s arguably the most improved host for WordPress within the last few years.
As for GoDaddy’s core features:
- • It provides a number of additional applications you can install to improve and customize the experience.
- • Your files are protected using the Cage FS virtualized file system.
- • All plans offer free Office 365 email, while higher tiers include a premium Domain Name Server (DNS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate.
As with SiteGround, GoDaddy is not WordPress-focused and can host all manner of sites on its servers. However, we’ll get into specific performance shortly.
The main difference in this section’s comparison of SiteGround vs. GoDaddy is the level of information you get regarding server specifications.
In a nutshell, SiteGround provides in-depth information, while GoDaddy doesn’t. However, this doesn’t mean one host is less equipped than the other.
When it comes to performance, both hosts perform well based on generic testing, with a slight edge for SiteGround. However, we’d expect to see the figures become closer when you opt for one of GoDaddy’s upper-tier packages.
Winner: Draw, depending on your needs.
It’s worth pointing out that both hosts haven’t made it to the top of the tree through a poor support provision. As such, you’ll have stellar customer support regardless of who you opt for.
However, SiteGround is well-known for delivering consistent, top-notch WordPress support. They offer live chat, ticketing, email, and telephone support. In our empirical experience, SiteGround has responded quickly to solve any issues, and top to bottom delivers a friction-free process.
In contrast, GoDaddy arguably relies too much on telephone conversations for routine tasks, again based on this author’s empirical opinion. This may be good for some customers, although if you’re a busy site owner, flexibility is going to be more valuable.
Finally, we have pricing. Budgets are always subjective, so this SiteGround vs. GoDaddy comparison won’t give specific advice on which host is more cost-effective.
On paper, SiteGround is arguably the winner. However, its business model offers extreme discounts upfront – at least 50 percent – before reverting to the standard price upon renewal. In contrast, GoDaddy have introductory offers too, but more restrained and realistic compared to its standard price.
We’ve compared both hosting providers, and the result is largely a wash depending on your needs. For a full-featured solution to run your site as a business, GoDaddy is a frontrunner. However, SiteGround offers managed hosting as standard and stellar customer support. It would be ideal if you’d rather be ‘hands-off’ with regards to maintaining your site.
Has our review of SiteGround vs. GoDaddy swayed your opinion one way or the other? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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