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How About Hosting a WordPress Site with GoDaddy?

updated on Jan 21, 2016
How About Hosting a WordPress Site with GoDaddy? The worldwide largest domain registrar GoDaddy has been offering web hosting services for several years and recently launched a WordPress hosting package. Since the very beginning when the company entered into the web hosting industry, its services have been controversial as there are a large number of praises as well as complaints on the web.

To find out whether the WordPress hosting service from GoDaddy is high quality and worth purchasing, we have personally hosted a WordPress blog with 100 posts and 200 images on GoDaddy Economy Linux hosting plan for more than half a year. Based on the real experience, we have worked out an in-depth review on GoDaddy WordPress hosting and found that the service has many advantages as well as limitations.

At the first place, there are editorial ratings on GoDaddy WordPress hosting. Proceed to the following details.

GoDaddy WordPress Hosting Review
  • Feature
  • Reliability
  • Speed
  • Support
  • Customer Voice

Pros of Hosting WordPress with GoDaddy

Using the WordPress hosting service from GoDaddy, bloggers and webmasters are given the following advantages all of which are free of charge, included in the packages by default.

Easy-to-Use cPanel with 1-click WordPress Installation

All customers using the WordPress hosting service offered by GoDaddy have full and free access to cPanel, the #1 web hosting control panel that allows users to manage their websites and accounts and to put a close eye on the system configuration of the server and the consumption of server resources.

GoDaddy cPanel control panel is integrated with an auto script installer which is designed to automate the installation of most of the popular open source software including WordPress. With the installer, customers no longer need to do everything by themselves because once they fill in the required information like domain name, the username and the password for the new WordPress site, WordPress will be installed and configured properly automatically.

Besides, cPanel and one-click WordPress installation service, GoDaddy offers customers the following features for free.
  • A free domain within annual plans.
  • 100 GB disk storage & 1000s of themes and plugins.
  • WordPress 3.8, Apache 2.4.3, MySQL 5.5.23 & PHP 5.4.16.
  • 45 days money back guarantee.
  • $100 Google AdWords credits & $100 Bing search credits.

Web Hosting Package Upgradability

GoDaddy has 3 WordPress hosting packages named Economy, Deluxe and Ultimate, so customers can choose to upgrade or downgrade their packages when the demands of their WordPress sites grow or decrease. In this way, they don't have to pay more than they need.

This feature is important especially for those sites growing rapidly beyond the resource limitations of normal shared hosting but requiring fewer costs and features than VPS hosting.

Outstanding Reliability

GoDaddy guarantees 99.9% uptime for all WordPress hosting customers explains in its terms of service that if it fails to maintain the figure, customers are entitled to request a credit of 5% of the monthly fee. The company has 9 data centers in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, all of which are equipped with fully redundant UPS power systems and featuring 24x7 monitoring managed by on-site engineers.

According to our own monitoring, GoDaddy has kept the promise successfully. The uptime of the company's WordPress hosting service in the past 30 days is as the following chart.

Enhanced Security

GoDaddy has taken many measures to keep the hosted websites away from being damaged. The company has secure firewalls and security monitoring, which ensures that there are least security problems and even if a problem happens, it can be resolved immediately.

Besides, the company secures customers' website data by offering nightly backups, and protects emails by performing automatic email scanning for virus detection and cleaning. And the DDoS protection enables the sites to be always available.

24x7 Technical Support

To have WordPress users well backed, GoDaddy offers 24x7 technical support with a dedicated support team consisting of professionals with knowledge on WordPress. When getting stuck into troubles, customers are able to get assistance via phone and email. We have received the complaint that the company outsources its customer service, but our experience of asking for assistance is: so far so good. The staffs are responsive, patient, and really helpful.

Besides, there are discussion forums available for customers to seek for help from other experienced ones or give suggestions and solutions to some others that are in problem.

Cons of Hosting WordPress Sites with GoDaddy

GoDaddy WordPress Hosting Review - Cons Except for the advantages listed and discussed above, there are also some limitations of GoDaddy WordPress hosting service which might be the main reasons that stop webmasters from choosing the service to host their WordPress sites.

Price Value Is Not So Good Considering the Features

The 3 WordPress hosting packages Starter, Business and Pro are priced at $6.99/mo, $19.99/mo and $69.99/mo regularly. With the 85%, 50% and 57% discount offered for the packages respectively, they are currently available at a price starting from $1.00/mo, $9.99/mo, and $29.99/mo – affordable for most WordPress users.

However, what makes the packages not cost-effective is that the features included are somewhat limited. the Economy plan, which is $1.00/mo for annual billing and $6.99/mo for monthly billing, only allows hosting 1 website and comes with 10 MySQL databases and 100 email addresses.

WordPress Hosting Speed Is Unsatisfying

GoDaddy claims to offer fast speed for the hosted WordPress sites. However, there are tons of complaints on the slowness of the hosted sites. To find out the truth about the web hosting speed, we have kept monitoring a sample site hosted on the platform for several months.

Below is the statistics chart of GoDaddy page response speed, compared with another leading web host - InMotion Hosting,

Live Chat Support Is NOT Available

GoDaddy only allows customers to contact the support team via phone and email. No live chat support is available. This may not be a concern for native English speakers while it is indeed big inconvenience for non-native speakers who need instant assistance but cannot communicate with a support staff fluently on phone.

Customer Satisfaction Is A Concern

Over the past years, we have kept receiving complaints on GoDaddy web hosting service. Up to now, we have received GoDaddy reviews from 22 real customers, among whom only 36.4% of them are satisfied with the overall performance, and 31.8% appreciate the quality of technical support from the company. Read detailed reviews at this page and know the detailed statistics in the following chart.

How About GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting

Besides the traditional WordPress hosting packages discussed above, GoDaddy has also developed the specialized managed WordPress hosting services for WordPress users who have higher requirements on the security and performance. In below, we will introduce GoDaddy managed WordPress hosting plans, advantages and disadvantages in brief.

GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Plans

Managed WordPress is fairly new service with GoDaddy. At present, there are 4 packages available which are named as Basic, Deluxe, Ultimate and Developer. Depending on the features and resources included in each package, the prices vary much.
  • Basic: $3.99/mo (6.99/mo regularly), including 1 website, 10 GB SSD storage and 25,000 monthly visitors.
  • Deluxe: $4.49/mo (8.99/mo regularly), including 1 website, 15 GB storage and 100,000 monthly visitors.
  • Ultimate: $7.99/mo (14.99/mo regularly), including 2 websites, 30 GB storage and 400,000 monthly visitors.
  • Developer: $13.99/mo ($24.99/mo regularly), including 5 websites, 50 GB storage and 800,000 monthly visitors.

Advantages of GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting

Since the service is specialized and optimized for WordPress, you can enjoy the following advantages when using any of the managed WordPress hosting packages offered by GoDaddy.
  • Enhanced security and reliability backed by constantly optimized hosting environment.
  • More than 1,000 free WordPress themes and plugins.
  • Automatic WordPress core and security updates, DDoS protection, and nightly backups.
  • 24x7 technical support powered by technicians knowing well about WordPress.


Due to the nature of managed WordPress hosting and the fact that GoDaddy has been in the field for a quite short time, we have noticed the following disadvantages of the company's WordPress hosting packages.
  • The cost is much higher than hosting WordPress with a traditional web hosting package. At an expensive price of $8.99/mo, you may be allowed to host 1 WordPress site only.
  • Basic is limited in features. It does not support staging site, and does not include SSH access.
  • GoDaddy services are slow.
  • You are not able to host any application other than WordPress on your account.

5 Tips to Optimize WordPress Hosted with GoDaddy

As is mentioned above, GoDaddy hosting speed is far from satisfactory, and there are many web masters find that their WordPress sites hosted on GoDaddy run slower and slower. There is still a chance for you to optimize your WordPress hosted with GoDaddy. Just be patient and read the following chapters.

Why Does WordPress Run Slowly on GoDaddy?
WordPress runs slowly on GoDaddy for many reasons, but we think that GoDaddy itself takes the major responsibility. GoDaddy put thousands of WordPress sites on a single server, leaving them to compete for bandwidth and server processing time. Insufficient space and bandwidth inevitably cause those sites to run slowly. Even iThemes, a WordPress theme development company, once criticized GoDaddy for overselling the shared server.

Besides the irresponsible doings of GoDaddy, improper usage of WordPress users seems to be another important reason for the performance issues. For example, some users may install many plugins, but leaving them unused. Or, some others may store a lot of high quality and high resolution images to make their sites look great and attractive. All of these behaviours may lead the problem.

To ensure that your WordPress sites run efficiently, the most effective way is to move your sites away from GoDaddy. However, for the loyal fans of GoDaddy, we still provide the following 5 tips to optimize your WordPress site. These tips are all easy and useful, even for those WordPress users without much technical knowledge and skills.
  • Avoid unused WordPress plugins. Unused plugins can slow down your WordPress sites. Check the plugins you have installed and delete the ones remaining unused for a certain period of time.
  • Use Caching on your WordPress sites. Caching is important if you want your visitors to have a happy experience on your WordPress sites. A cache plugin will always create html files for each post and page and serve these files instead of querying database all the time. In this sense, we recommend you to install a helpful cache plugin – W3 Total Cache.
  • Optimize the Images on WordPress sites. You need to pay close attention to all the images on your sites, including background images, logo and header images and those used in posts. The easiest way to optimize the images is to make them smaller in width and length. Or you can compress them to reduce the file size.
  • Move the static files to a Content Delivery Network. Using a CDN, the static files that take up a large part of the page load will be distributed to multiple servers in different locations. Therefore, the visitors to your WordPress sites will gain much faster loading speed by receiving the static files from the servers closest.
  • Minify the codes. By minifying CSS and JS to make the code smaller, fewer requests will be made to the database. Thus your WordPress sites will run faster to visitors. This can be easily done with W3 Total Cache and other plugins.

Is GoDaddy WordPress Hosting Recommended?

GoDaddy should be a good option for domain names, SSL, dedicated servers, even cloud. However, the web hosting service is not recommended for those who're looking for fast loading shared server at a low rate.

Actually, there are many WordPress hosting packages you can found over the Google search and other hosting review sites that come with a good combination of affordable price, excellent reliability, fast speed, and quality technical support. From our editor's perspective, among which BlueHost, InMotion Hosting and HostMonster are the trusted choices.