With over 57 million domains under their management and serving more than 12 million customers, GoDaddy is the largest domain registrar of the world. And in case you didn’t know, they also offer web hosting services with all the features you can think of. But don’t expect to get everything in the basic plan; most of the advanced level features are optional and come at additional cost.
Godaddy focuses on helping individuals set up new businesses. They offer various advertising credits and many useful tools so that a first time user can create a website on their own without any hassle. But their advertising campaigns till recently were too flashy to go with their business. After courting with controversies with their Super Bowl and elephant shooting commercials, they have now finally moved over to more business oriented commercials and also redesigned their website to suit their ‘champion of small business’ image.
Godaddy was founded by Bob Parsons in the year 1997. To put it in their own style, the company is almost as old as the internet. They have their headquarters located in Scottsdale, Arizona and have 14 facilities worldwide including in California, Iowa, Washington, Europe and India. Their office in Sunnyvale (California) is spread over an area of whopping 40,000 sq ft.
Godaddy employs as many as 4,000 personnel to run their operations. They have multiple datacenters across US, Europe, Asia and Australia.
They have also incorporated the culture of philanthropy into their business. They have partnered with various non-profit organizations to promote education, STEM and entrepreneurship. Apart from helping through monetary contributions, grants and sponsorships, they also offer free and discounted products to their philanthropy partners. The employees are given paid off to volunteer in fundraising, mentoring and other community services.
As a GoDaddy customer, you too are given an opportunity to do your bit for the society. Each time you place an order, you are given an option to round off the invoice to the nearest dollar and contribute the difference to the charity of your choice. Given the strength of 12 million customers, the round off manages to collect sizeable amounts for charity on a regular basis.
Godaddy has a wide range of plans to choose from and the entry level plans are real cheap. Under shared hosting, they have 3 packages: Economy, Deluxe and Ultimate. They also have shared hosting specially designed for WordPress users: Starter, Business and Pro. All of these come with a free domain if you prepay for 1 year.
Their VPS plans give you the choice of CentOS, fedora and Windows as the operating system for your server. Depending upon the OS you go for, you get to select from these 6 plans: Basic, Economy, Value, Deluxe, Premium and Ultimate.
Under dedicated hosting, both managed as well as unmanaged servers are available. The choice of OS includes CentOS, Ubuntu, fedora and Windows; and there are 6 different plans to choose from: Economy, Deluxe, Premium, Value Deal, Power Player and MemoryHog.
Godaddy also offers Reseller hosting targeted mostly at webmasters and developers. Depending upon your resource requirements, you can choose from Economy, Deluxe and Premium plans.
Domains: unlimited Bandwidth: unlimited Disk space: 1 GB Money-Back Guarantee: 45 days Control Panel: cPanel AdWords Credits: $100 Free Domain: yes
Hosting Accounts: unlimited Disk Space: 40 GB Bandwidth: 1 TB Control Panel: cPanel / WHM
CPU Cores: 1 RAM: 1 GB Storage: 40 GB Bandwidth: 1 TB IP Addresses: 3 Opperating System: Linux Managed: yes
CPU: Intel Core i3 (2 cores) RAM: 2 GB Storage: 2 x 160 GB Bandwidth: 5 TB IP Addresses: 3 Opperating System: Linux Managed: no
CPU: Intel Core i3 (2 cores) RAM: 2 GB Storage: 2 x 160 GB Bandwidth: 5 TB IP Addresses: 3 Opperating System: CentOS Linux Managed: yes
Godaddy shared hosting, including WordPress hosting, comes with cPanel to facilitate easy account management. VPS and Dedicated hosting have cPanel or Parallels Plesk panel depending upon the plan you buy. All Reseller hosting accounts get cPanel, WHM and WHMCS.
Apart from web hosting control panel, Godaddy also has its own control panel for its products. Thus, when you login to your Godaddy account, you will be first taken to Godaddy’s control panel wherein you can see all your products listed at one place. The control panel is quite comprehensive and the interface is user friendly. It allows you to manage all your products, billing information, DNS, etc. from one place.
Speed & Uptime
GoDaddy servers are housed in world class datacenters with multiple high speed Ethernet backbone. They have multiple bandwidth providers and each of the data centers has additional redundant power of at least 50%. All Godaddy hosting plans come with an uptime commitment of 99.9%.
But when it comes to speed, it is usually rated as average by most customers. This is one area where Godaddy needs to work a bit in order to be on par with other top players of the web hosting industry.
Godaddy has hundreds of highly trained staff to attend to your problems and queries. They have local phone numbers that are accessible round the clock in many countries including US, Australia, India, France and Italy. Emails are usually responded within 24 hours. Their product support center has many helpful articles to help you get started. But unlike most other competitors, they don’t seem to have any online chat support.
According to the customers who posted reviews on our site, the GoDaddy Customer Support Service is ranked 4.36 (out of 5).
Considering the extremely big size of the company and the exceptionally huge number of customers they serve, it won’t be rational to expect a personalized service from them. But the standard process they have put up in place for almost anything you would face, makes for a smooth experience. Most customers have rated them positively. If you happen not be satisfied with their services, you can choose to exit through their anytime money-back guarantee.
Below is a snapshot of the average ratings submitted by GoDaddy customers on our site:
Godaddy is a well established company. You get domain name registration, web hosting, web building help, etc. all under one roof. Compared to other reputed web hosts, they may not be the best choice but they are definitely not a wrong one either.