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GoDaddy VS Network Solutions – Which Is More Feature Rich

updated on Oct 13, 2016
GoDaddy VS Network Solutions – Which Is More Feature Rich GoDaddy and Network Solutions are 2 popular domain registrars, and both of them have been offering hosting service for a couple of years. In below, we have worked out a comprehensive comparison between the 2 companies' Linux based shared hosting service to make clear whose service is more feature rich.

This comparison is based on our in-depth review on the price, features, reliability and performance of the hosting plans. In addition, we also have taken the technical support the web hosts offer into account. Moreover, we have browsed many real customer reviews to learn the customer satisfaction rate they enjoy. According to our editors' close review and the information we collected, we have made the following table to show the ratings of some important factors.

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Plans & Price

Providing multiple kinds of hosting services, GoDaddy is followed by millions of webmasters around the world. This company has released 3 Linux shared hosting solutions named as Economy, Deluxe and Ultimate and priced at $3.99/mo, $4.49/mo and $7.99/mo, which are over 40% off the regular prices. Note that the renewal prices are $6.99/mo, $8.99/mo and $14.99/mo respectively.

GoDaddy VS Network Solutions - PriceWhat's more, the company offers 45 days full money back guarantee for customers who have purchased annual plans and 48 hours full refund for those who stay with monthly plans. In this way, both risk and worry are reduced. Besides, GoDaddy supports both credit cards and PayPal to ensure the purchase is convenient and secure.

Network Solutions has 3 Linux shared hosting solutions to enable their customers to choose the one they like best. These plans are called as Web Hosting, Professional Hosting and Professional Plus, starting at $9.96/mo, $15.78/mo and $21.62/mo at this point. Moreover, each of the packages comes with a free domain name and 30-day refund guarantee.


When it comes to hosting feature, the 2 providers share many similarities. Both of them offer a 1-click installer to enable customers to install any of the most popular applications with a few clicks, such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and more. Besides, both companies provide PHP 5 and Python.

However, there are also many differences among the hosting plans from the companies. The most significant one is that GoDaddy adopts cPanel as control panel, while its competitor uses the control panel developed by themselves.

For a better understanding, we have presented the two companies' main features in the following table. Note that the Launch plan offered by InMotion, a leading web host, is also listed for a deeper comparison.

FeatureGoDaddyNetwork SolutionsInMotion
PlanEconomyWeb HostingLaunch
Disk Space100 GB300 GBUnlimited
Databases10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
FTP Accounts10x1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
Email Accounts1001,000Unlimited
1-Click Installer
Refund45 Days30 Days90 Days
Current Price$3.99/mo$9.96/mo$3.49/mo
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GoDaddy VS Network Solutions - ReliabilityGoDaddy claims that any people using the shared hosting service from this company is able to get at least 99.9% uptime to run websites smoothly and stably. Besides, they guarantee if they fail to maintain this service uptime in a particular month, they will credit 5% of customers' monthly hosting fee. Moreover, the credit may be used only for the purchase of further products and services from them, and is exclusive of any applicable taxes.

This company utilizes multiple peerless data centers, in which they use high quality Dell servers, UPS and diesel generators. Thus, they can deliver solid 99.95% uptime.

On the other hand, Network Solutions promises 99.99% uptime for their Linux customers. To make clear whether the company has fulfilled this commitment, we stared to set up a monitoring system to monitor the uptime this company provides in practice. As a result, we found that, the real-time uptime of it is 99.96% on average.

In terms of hosting speed, according to our editors' review, GoDaddy hosting service is slower than that of its competitor. We also have monitored the 2 companies' server response speed for more than 3 months, and found that the server response time of Network Solutions is 589ms, and that of GoDaddy is 784ms. Read the chart below to learn GoDaddy server response speed.

Customer Support

GoDaddy VS Network Solutions - SupportTo help customers deal with issues, both companies has employed more than 200 experienced and professional support staffs to offer assistance through toll-free phone call and email. All the support representatives are on-site 24x7, so that they are able to provide instant and effective answer to customers.

However, neither offers live chat support that is recognized as the most convenient support method. Therefore, customers are not able to make use the phone support can't get instant assistance, which may lead business damage.

Pros and Cons of GoDaddy Web Hosting Services

GoDaddy has not been topping our web hosting recommendation list because its services have so many limitations and drawbacks. Even though, there are some advantages worth mentioning when this company is compared with Network Solutions. Below are the details.


  • All of GoDaddy web hosting plans include cPanel, an easy-to-use Linux hosting control panel that comes with rich features and an intuitive interface.
  • The unlimited hosting plan named Deluxe is quite affordable, priced at $4.49/mo for the initial term and $8.99/mo for renewals.
  • GoDaddy offers all the basic hosting features that a user may need, including PHP, MySQL, SSH, Cron Jobs, etc.
  • The company provides a 45-day money-back guarantee.


  • GoDaddy does not support Ruby on Rails even in the most expensive web hosting plan.
  • The hosting speed of GoDaddy is rather slow, which can pose a negative impact on the website SEO.
  • This web host does not offer live chat as a support method.

Pros and Cons of Network Solutions Web Hosting Services

Network Solutions provide reliable and affordable domain registration services. However, from the comparison above, it can be seen that this company does not do very well in web hosting. Its edges and demerits in the competition are briefed as below to help readers make a choice.


  • Network Solutions offers a free domain and 30-day refund guarantee for all hosting plans.
  • The company is able to deliver over 99.9% uptime.


  • The hosting plans are expensive, costing a minimum of $9.96/mo.
  • Network Solutions utilizes a custom control panel which is tested to be not as feature rich as cPanel.
  • Just like GoDaddy, Network Solutions offers very slow speed.
  • This web host does not support SSH.
  • Technical support is not available via live chat.

Which Is More Feature Rich?

From the comparison above, it can be seen that GoDaddy's hosting service is the more feature rich. Nevertheless, it is much slower than the average speed of shared web hosts'. Therefore, neither of the 2 companies is a good option to host small to medium sized business websites. These years, we have tried more than 100 Linux hosting providers, concluding that the following recommendations are 3 of the most feature-rich.

Read the following table to learn the main features the 3 web hosts provide.