I am pretty sure you have heard about GoDaddy, even if you have no experience with the web hosting stuff. Let’s say you have never heard anything about web hosting, but still, you might have at least once come across this name- GoDaddy. That is what comes with being world’s largest domain registrar. GoDaddy has over 13 million customers with more than 61 million domain names. It covers all different customer needs ranging from small businesses, individuals, web designers and have their offices based in dream places like Silicon Valley, Belfast, Cambridge, Hyderabad, and Seattle.
If you have seen their Super Bowl ads, you’ll know what I’m talking about. With a facility as large as 270,000 square feet in Phoenix, GoDaddy has its share in philanthropic causes in the place with donations made to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Zoo, and the Arizona Humane Society.
A glance at GoDaddy’s hosting business
Going by their 2014 unaudited financial results, GoDaddy basically focuses on three businesses: Domains, Hosting and Presence, Business Applications.
- Business Applications account for 8% of the total revenue
- Hosting and Presence add up to another 36.5% and
- Domains make a whopping 55.5% of the total revenue.
In addition to this, the company also sells software and services related to e-Business.
Let’s move to the part that generates more than 50% of the total revenue.
Domain name registration and renewals are the top revenue generator for GoDaddy. Two years back, in 2014, GoDaddy saw a revenue of $564 million coming in from this category of their services.
This revenue can vary depending on the types of domains being registered. They have different prices for different kinds of domains.
Hosting and Presence
Bringing in a revenue of $370 million in 2014, Hosting and Presence stays the second biggest part of GoDaddy’s revenue. Talking about the hosting, you can find shared, dedicated and VPS servers at GoDaddy. They offer these hosting services starting at few dollars/month per domain. Web site building products, SiteLock Website Security, SEO, SSL certificates, private IPs are a few of the many things that add to the revenue brought in by Hosting and Presence.
The good news for the beginners is that in addition to all these services, you get site building tools, which are really helpful to make your site building experience a great one as a beginner.
The third portion of GoDaddy’s business drove in $81.6 million.
In “Business Applications” you get to these services:
- Online data storage
- Online payment system
- Email accounts
- Email marketing
- Online bookkeeping
Do you want to know the specific services and products that are covered under Business Applications?
- Microsoft Office 365
- Email marketing service
While email marketing service offers similar functionality to that of MailChimp and GetResponse, you can avail this service at starting price of $9.99 a month for 1,000 subscribers.
We all know how useful Microsoft Office 365 is, and can get it in the Business Applications of GoDaddy starting from $4.99 a month/user.
I think we’ve had a long tour of the company’s background and the finances. It is necessary to know the company’s performance before investing. But now, I’ll focus this review on the hosting GoDaddy offers.
Both as an individual or a business you can avail from three different hosting plans the company offers.
- Economy: 100 GB storage, unlimited bandwidth, up to 100 email addresses at $4.99/month for one website.
- Deluxe: unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, up to 500 email addresses at $5.99/month for unlimited sites.
- Ultimate: unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, up to 1000 email addresses at $7.99/month for unlimited websites.
One common thing in all these plans is you get a free domain if you go for an annual plan, DDoS protection, 24/7 security monitoring.
Not to forget, GoDaddy’s user-friendly control panel.
This is the cPanel of GoDaddy, which lets you manage your databases, domains, files. It also offers software/services and WordPress, Joomla in its web applications.
Before you get carried away with the Deluxe and Ultimate plans claiming unlimited bandwidth and storage, let me explain you the technicality of it.
If the GoDaddy servers or uptime is affected by the bandwidth or storage use of the users, GoDaddy notifies them and asks them to upgrade to Dedicated Private Server or a VPS (Virtual Private Server).
What’s cool about GoDaddy?
- Simplified cPanel: If you are completely new and don’t know how to make your way around cPanel but want to get things done fast, GoDaddy’s got you covered with a short introductory video that you can see shortly after signing up for cPanel. Manage your domains, databases, with GoDaddy’s user-friendly cPanel.
- Site Uptime: The Company claims to have an uptime of 99.9%. Which I found to be true. (I’ll talk about the uptime later in the review).
- Variety of products: As I mentioned at the start of my review, GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain registrar and being that, they offer all kinds of hosting options (almost). Dedicated servers, Managed and unmanaged VPS, are available. The way all these products are integrated is one of the coolest things about GoDaddy.
A few “uncool” things:
- WordPress issues: Random errors and yeah, caching not allowed.
- Selling attitude: GoDaddy’s attitude of selling you additional upgrades, every time go for a renewal of hosting or domain is something I dislike. When you try to renew hosting that’s what you want, you want to renew your hosting not buy additional e-mail hosting or domain names.
Let’s move to another important aspect of GoDaddy hosting, uptime.
GoDaddy guarantees 99.99% uptime.
These are good uptime stats given the cheap economy plans GoDaddy offers. You can see the uptime for last 24 hours and last one week was 100%.
Also, the latest downtime recorded lasted only for 1 minute.
Let us see how GoDaddy performs when tested with Pingdom.
See also : Hostgator Review
Uptime Test Results
These are the test results, and there is a clear comparison of GoDaddy’s uptime with other hosting providers.
With an average of 99.95%, we can say that GoDaddy performs well in the uptime test. Speaking of recent results, on 11th August 2016 it recorded an uptime of 100%.
Performance and Extra Features:
GoDaddy gives you the easiest 1-Click WordPress installation. This is a feature that you would love to have if you are a blogger.
GoDaddy also provides free Ad Credits (Bing and Facebook Ad Credits) and Premium DNS.
Let’s talk about performance; you don’t expect your hosting provider just to hold your site. You want your site to accessible quickly through any browser. The hosting server is supposed to provide the requested files to the browser, quickly. This is measured using TTFB (Time To First Byte).
If you pull the stats you’ll find GoDaddy to be quite fast (not the fastest though). Thinking about speed? You don’t have to worry about it again when you are with GoDaddy.
To Go or not to Go with GoDaddy?
I would say, it depends on what kind of site you are looking to build. And yes, your budget, of course, plays a role in deciding this.
If you are planning to have a shared hosting on a small budget with all the features that you would need to build a useful website, I say GoDaddy!!
If you are a beginner, then GoDaddy is the right place. You find many web applications here like 1-Click WordPress installation which allows you to build a blog or a site quickly without having to learn coding and other stuff that IT professionals do.
Great Uptime, different hosting plans to suit your needs, variety of services and features makes GoDaddy a great pick.
Well, this was all about GoDaddy hosting. I took you from GoDaddy’s background to their business to the hosting features and a lot. With this knowledge of world’s largest domain registrar, now you are ready to choose your hosting and get your business online, improve your online presence with a great website started in minutes.
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