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Register.com VS GoDaddy on Linux Web Hosting Service

updated on Feb 14, 2015
Register.com VS GoDaddy on Linux Web Hosting Service Register.com and GoDaddy are 2 of the most popular web hosting companies providing several kinds of services, but which is better in Linux web hosting? To make it clear, we have worked out a comprehensive review on their Linux shared hosting from several aspects, including price, feature, control panel, reliability, performance and technical support.

We have been hosting 2 medium-sized WordPress websites on the 2 companies' shared platform for more than 6 months, and kept monitoring the sites closely. Therefore, this comparison is promised to be unbiased. In addition, according to our real hosting experience, we carried out the following comparison table to show the ratings of the services.
Ratingregister.comGoDaddy
Plan in ComparisonProfessionalUltimate
Price
Feature
Loading Speed
Uptime
Support
Customer Rating
Recommended
Websiteregister.comgodaddy.com

Plans & Price

register.com VS GoDaddy - PriceFounded in 1995, register.com has been followed by millions of webmasters around the world. This company has released 3 Linux shared hosting packages named as Essential, Professional and Premium. Now, these plans are priced at $5.95/mo, $7.95/mo and $9.95/mo, each of which includes a free domain name for 1 year. Note that customers' recurring fee billed to customers' credit cards will automatically change to the then-current rate of $14.95/mo, $18.95/mo and $36.95/mo.

As the largest domain registrar in a world scale, just like its competitor, GoDaddy offers 3 Linux shared hosting solutions to enable their customers to choose the most proper one according to their current needs and budget. The packages are named as Economy, Deluxe and Ultimate, priced at $6.99/mo, $8.99/mo and $14.99/mo respectively. Now, the company is providing a 50% discount for customers, with which the price is low to $3.49/mo, $4.49/mo and $7.49/mo.

In addition to the compelling discount, each of the plans comes with a free domain name for 1 year. Besides, 30 days prorated money back is guaranteed to make customers can ask for a prorated refund if they are not satisfied with the service they got and want to cancel their accounts in the first 30 days. Therefore, the purchase is worry-free and risk-free.

Feature

When it comes to hosting feature, register.com and GoDaddy share many similarities. Both of the 2 companies offer unlimited monthly data transfer to ensure customers can run websites stably and smoothly. In addition, they both provide PHP 5, Perl, Python, MySQL and Ruby on Rails. In addition, 1-click script installer is integrated with their services for easy application installation.

However, there are also many differences in server resources and other features. Learn details in the following table. Note that register.com Professional plan and GoDaddy Ultimate plan are selected due to their similar price.
Featureregister.comGoDaddy
Plan In ReviewProfessionalUltimate
Data TransferUnlimitedUnlimited
Free Domain11
Disk Space500 GBUnlimited
Database(s)1510
Email Address(es)251,000
FTP Accounts50Unlimited
Cron Jobs
Shared SSL
Telephone Support
Live Chat Support
cPanel
Money Back Guarantee30 Days30 Days
Regular Price$18.95/mo$14.99/mo
Discount58%50%
Discount Price$7.95/mo$7.49/mo
How to ClaimLink ActivationLink Activation

Control Panel

As for control panel, register.com adopts the custom control panel developed by themselves, with which customers are able to manage the accounts in an easy way. On the other hand, GoDaddy uses cPanel recognized as the most easy-to-use control panel, which enables customers to manage every aspect related to their accounts and websites effortlessly and securely.

Reliability & Performance

register.com VS GoDaddy - ReliabilityRegister.com guarantees 99.99% uptime for all the customers who are using the Linux hosting service, and has done much hard work to satisfy customers. The company declares that the uptime calculation is measured by all systems for this web host and that the calculation of the uptime excludes the downtimes that are outside of the control of the company or are caused by third parties.

To figure out whether they have fulfilled their commitment, we have started to monitor the uptime since 6 months ago, and found that the company provides less uptime than what they have guaranteed. Moreover, the monitoring result shows that the real uptime of the past 30 days is 99.93%.

GoDaddy utilizes 9 state-of-the-art data centers located in US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, all of which are equipped with hundreds of high performance Dell servers, UPS power supply and dozens of diesel generators. In addition, technicians and engineers are monitoring the data centers and servers 24x7. Therefore, the company is able to offer solid 99.95% uptime in practice. Learn its detailed uptime information of the past 30 days in this chart.

In terms of hosting speed, the 2 companies are not very satisfying, although both of them have promised to provide fast speed for customers to run websites rapidly and have equipped their data centers with quality servers and some cutting-edge technologies. According to our monitoring result, the server response time of GoDaddy is 782ms on average, while that of its competitor is 658ms. Read the following table for GoDaddy server response time of the past 30 days now.

Technical Support

register.com VS GoDaddy - SupportRegister.com allows customers to contact them from 9 am to 12 am on weekdays and from 10 am to 10 pm on weekends through email and phone call. Note that customers in US or Canada are able to get help via toll-free phone call. As for GoDaddy, this web host provides 24x7 technical support through toll-free phone call and email. The professional consultants in the 2 companies are professional and experienced, so that they are able to help customers resolve any problems instantly and efficiently.

What's more, in the knowledgeable, technicians and engineers of the web hosts have worked out thousands of helpful articles and video tutorials to teach customers how to deal with common issues independently. However, the defect is that neither one offers live chat support, which may make customers who are unable to communicate with the support stuffs can't get instant help.

Conclusion

As we reviewed, the 2 companies both provide multiple affordable, rich-featured and reliable hosting service, while the service is not fast enough. Besides, due to the lack of live chat support, they are not good options for the non-native-English speakers. Therefore, we don't recommend them to people who are looking for a trustworthy Linux web hosting provider. For better alternatives, we have made the following table to show some of the good choices.