GoDaddy is a giant in the domain purchasing and web hosting industry. As a website owner with numerous commercial sites on GoDaddy, I have mixed feelings about their ability to provide a comprehensive web package for anyone other than the novice.
Many of my sites are a Zen Cart driven retail-shopping site. The ability of GoDaddy to provide service to a database driven site is nominal at best. The servers that drive the databases are not at the same location as the site-hosting server. That can cause a disruption of service when a database server stops talking to the website, and this happens more often than it should.
This disruption causes the website to give shoppers a maintenance error. Additionally, it exposes any hidden or coded administration addresses that are set up to thwart bots designed to harvest passwords.
The technical staff appears to be uninformed of server outages or other service disruptions. They are not well-versed in assisting consumers that have questions outside of their scripts, which may be crucial to whether a problem is in-house or on the user’s end.
Users who have a simple website with very basic coding or someone who needs a spot on the Internet to display their portfolio will find GoDaddy perfectly adequate. The company provides extremely reasonable prices for basic hosting with domain name.
The average user will be at home on GoDaddy for both domain purchase and hosting. The company provides an admin panel that will work for the novice user.
Users in need of a hosting company that is capable of delivering a hosting package for complex shopping sites should look elsewhere.