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WinHost VS GoDaddy - Which Offers the Better ASP.NET Hosting

updated on Mar 03, 2016
WinHost VS GoDaddy - Which Offers the Better ASP.NET Hosting WinHost is a company committed to providing Windows hosting services while GoDaddy offers various types of hosting solutions including Windows hosting. Different as they are, both of them are well-known for providing affordable ASP.NET hosting.

To figure out which offers superior ASP.NET hosting, we comprehensively compared their plans and price, features, performance and technical support as well. We’ve also surveyed real users from each company to make this review more solid. Take a look at their overall rating from the table below.

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About WinHost and GoDaddy

WinHost, founded in 2009, is a web host dedicated to Windows hosting. It has been focusing on this hosting service only and now it is recognized as a specialist in Windows hosting for its reliability and the utilization of all top-notch Windows technologies. The company's web hosting plans come with rich features, which makes them powerful enough for different sizes of websites ranging from personal blogs to business sites.

GoDaddy, started and well known as a domain registrar, has been put much emphasis on the domain registration services. It offers Windows hosting as a compliment of its product range, and due to the effort made in the past years, it has built up a customer base among web hosting users, too. However, the fact is that GoDaddy keeps receiving complaints that its web hosting services are not as good as the domain registration services.

Plans and Pricing

WinHost focuses on offering affordable Windows hosting only. It has 3 hosting packages named WinHost Basic, WinHost Max and WinHost Ultimate, respectively priced at $3.95/mo, 7.95/mo and $15.95/mo with a 20% discount for people going though the promotional link below. Full refund is available within 30 days after purchase.

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GoDaddy offers 3 ASP.NET hosting plans, too. They are called Economy, Deluxe and Ultimate. The regular rate for each plan is $6.99/mo, $8.99/mo and $14.99/mo respectively. Currently, it is offering discounts for all annual hosting plans. So the discounted price for each plan is $3.99/mo, $4.49/mo and $7.99/mo. GoDaddy also offers a 45-day money back guarantee to eliminate purchase risks.

From a price perspective, both offer very affordable prices and GoDaddy seems slightly more competitive than WinHost. However, this does not mean it is the more cost-effective choice.

Feature Overview


WinHost VS GoDaddy on Features All WinHost Windows hosting plans come with rich ASP.NET hosting features. Take WinHost Basic for example. With 3 GB disk space, 50 GB monthly data transfer, free setup, unlimited domain pointers and sub-domains, it is an ideal choice for basic websites. More feature spotlights are listed as follows.
  • Web application installer for instant installation of popular open source web applications;
  • Database hosting features – free Microsoft SQL hosting, unlimited SQL DSN, 500 MB MySQL disk space; multiple database versions available,etc;
  • 100% support for PHP hosting, WordPress hosting, Classic ASP hosting, ASP.NET 4.5.1 hosting, Windows 2012 and Windows 2008 hosting;
  • MVC 5/4/3/2/1 support and free MS SQL 2014 hosting with all ASP.NET hosting plans.
These features justify how professional WinHost is in terms of Windows hosting. But they are not all. WinHost uses WebSitePanel as the control panel. With the control panel, everyone can be an expert in managing their account.


The Economy Plan from GoDaddy comes with 1 website, 100 GB disk space, unlimited bandwidth, one click installation, 10 MySQL databases and unlimited external domains, etc. It also supports opening source applications such as Drupal, WordPress and phpbb.

Unlike WinHost, GoDaddy ASP.NET hosting services are limited to ASP.NET v2.0/3.0/3.5/4.0 and ASP.NET AJAX. Only Windows 2012 servers and MVC3 are available. It uses Plesk as the control panel which is convenient.


WinHost VS GoDaddy on Uptime WinHost has gone all the way to ensure quality performance. It builds an industry-standard web hosting environment with the latest stable technologies and hosts each site in its own isolated application pool. It owns servers instead of renting from resellers.

The data center is on a top tier and the severs are of Dell quality with 32GB RAM and RAID 10 Disk Arrays. UPS battery backup, power generator and fire protection are ready for possible network breakdown or intrusions. According to our real-time monitoring, WinHost maintains a 100% uptime as shown in the chart below.

GoDaddy promises 99.9% uptime guarantee and a credit of 5% of monthly hosting fee in case of failure to maintain this service in a particular month. We've also monitored its uptime find it does a satisfying job.

Web Hosting Speed

Powered by the robust infrastructure, WinHost is able to offer a relatively fast speed. Its 24x7 monitoring system which detects and addresses most network issues automatically also contributes to the good hosting performance. Our monitoring records show that WinHost is far above the average when it comes to the speed of server response and page loads. Generally speaking, the company' server responses take less than 320ms and page loads consume about 2 seconds.

GoDaddy has also been optimizing its data center and network infrastructure to deliver better performance. However, it seems that GoDaddy has not achieved good results because slow hosting speed is a notable "tag" of this web host's web hosting solutions. There are many users complaining about the constantly slow page loads. Despite the numerous complaints, there is no big difference made by GoDaddy so far.

According to the monitoring conducted in the past 2 years, GoDaddy is one of the slowest among the well-known web hosts.

Customer Support

WinHost VS GoDaddy on Customer Support WinHost offers 24/7 technical help through the Support Portal integrated in the Control Panel. All inquires are answered within 24 hours. Other resources such as knowledgebase and forum are also available. Judging from its customer reviews, the users are quite satisfied with WinHost’s support service.

In comparison, GoDaddy offers more support channels including email and phone on a 24/7 basis. However, GoDaddy seems to be short of hands because customers often have to wait for half an hour to get through the supporting department. Technical issues are addressed with 48 hours, which is longer than that of WinHost.


With all aspects compared, we come to the conclusion that WinHost is a more reliable and professional ASP.NET hosting provider than GoDaddy. Its price may be somewhat higher, but believe it or not, the services are well worth the price.