Many people make a mistake by choosing GoDaddy as their Shared Hosting Provider. GoDaddy has many promotions offering huge discounts on domain names and hosting, such as:
- Domains for only $0.99!
- GoDaddy Hosting 40% off!
- Get a free domain when you purchase hosting with GoDaddy!
All of these promos are very appealing to a beginner and it is very easy to get caught in the hype.
Why is GoDaddy Hosting So Bad?
The reason is simple. GoDaddy is a Domain Registrar that offers Web Hosting, as opposed to being a Web Hosting Company that offers Domain Registration. There is a big difference between these two. While GoDaddy is doing a decent job at being a domain registrar (although I prefer name.com or namecheap.com), their web hosting just does not match up with their competition.
Problems with GoDaddy Hosting
As a Web Designer, I’ve had many clients running their websites on GoDaddy. Every time I learn that a client of mine is using GoDaddy to host their websites, it makes me want to pull my hair out. There are so many issues you may encounter while using GoDaddy to host your websites. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Heavy restrictions in the name of security
- Certain WordPress plugins not working properly
- Awfully slow page load times
- The Sales and Support team sometimes have no clue
Why People Still Stick With GoDaddy Hosting?
Many people who choose to host with GoDaddy do not have the necessary technical knowledge to evaluate which web hosting provider is better for them. They assume that since GoDaddy is so popular, they cannot be that bad. Once hooked with their services, switching away from GoDaddy hosting is not that easy for a person with limited knowledge. If they want to switch over to a better web host, they need to know how to to migrate their old website from GoDaddy over to another web hosting provider.
Most GoDaddy users are small scale business owners who are just looking to have an online presence with a typical 5-page website for their company or product. They are not very concerned of optimizing their website for SEO, number of visitors, speed or maximizing their online revenue.
Just do not fall for the low prices that they do offer in the promotions. All those promotions are valid only for the first year, and sooner or later you are going to realize how costly it is from the second year onwards.
If you are serious about business or blogging, I would definitely advice you to avoid GoDaddy hosting. For those looking for a better alternative to GoDaddy, I personally recommend choosing Bluehost. If you do not have a blog or a website yet, read my other article How to Start a WordPress Blog in 5 Minutes.