GoDaddy was one of the first large scale web hosting services that brought costs way down without giving up quality support. Their sales page and back end account management is designed for high volume use. That’s their secret to success, but it also their limitation.
Basic Website Hosting
GoDaddy offers a one stop shop for web hosting. You can purchase a basic account for $5.99 a month, register a domain name, and have your WordPress or shopping cart software installed automatically. You can be up and running in 15 minutes writing your first blog or loading your products for sale. All their hosting packages offer unlimited bandwidth, a definite plus. The basic account includes 10 Gb of disk storage, 1 domain name, 10 databases, and 100 e-mail addresses. You can move up to unlimited disk storage space and unlimited domain names for just $9.49 which is a pretty good value.
Dedicated and VPS Server Accounts
Dedicated servers start at $99/mo and VPS accounts start at just $29/mo. Both dedicated and VPS accounts include a free SSL certificate and three IP addresses. You can up memory, disk storage, and processor speed for additional costs.
I’ve used GoDaddy for about three years now. Their hosting costs are very competitive and their 24 hour support is quite good. Their staff seems well trained, polite, and quick to answer my questions. However I find their user interface overly cumbersome. Unlike many other hosting services, GoDaddy has their own server management tools. Once you learn the ropes they’re okay, but a newbie is going to find them difficult to navigate. Fortunately their 24/7 support is always there to help. My other issue is their service is not flexible, you have to take what they have or leave it. Don’t bother asking for special script installations or group mail lists, you’re not going to get it. For these reason I give them a 4 rating rather than 5.
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