GoDaddy Review: Web Hosting Review

Overview

GoDaddy is one of the most recognized brands in domain hosting on the Internet. Servicing over 45 million domain names registered across the globe, GoDaddy is the largest and arguably most successful registration and hosting company in the market today. It was founded in 1997 and the headquarters of the company can be found in Arizona. This is great if you’re based in the USA or Canada because you’ll find they never outsource the support they provide. They now have branches, servers and data centers all over the world. GoDaddy has won numerous awards and aside from a worldwide successful television advertising campaign, has received praise for its innovative approach, customer service and support and user-friendly Internet tools. We recommend GoDaddy for all your domain hosting needs.

 

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Features

Domain ServicesHosting Services
FREE DomainUnlimited Disk Space
100GB spaceUnlimited Traffic
Up to 1000 DomainsProprietary control panel
Unlimited BandwidthCustomizable mobile site
10 Folia Photo Credits$200 FREE Marketing Credits
Wordpress Support99.9% Uptime

 

Hosting Plans

It is worth noting that all the plans (Economy, Deluxe and Ultimate) include the following features: free domain with annual plan, free email addresses, one-click install of 200+ free applications, unlimited monthly bandwidth, 1gb storage, mysql linux and 200 mb storage. You’ll also be given $50 facebook ad credit. Now, to look at the individual plans. The Economy plan is really for individuals or small businesses and is for one site only. For multiple sites (controlled from one source, obviously) you’ll need to look at the Deluxe or Ultimate plans. The Economy shared hosting package comes with 100GB of storage, which as an individual, freelancer or small business should be sufficient for your needs. For larger companies with greater multimedia needs, it’s worth paying the extra money for the unlimited storage. GoDaddy also offers reseller hosting and managed hosting. You’ll be able to have a dedicated server if you need it, and these are adaptable to the size of your business.

Value for Money

GoDaddy has numerous options when it comes to plans and prices. The choices are so varied and encompass all you could want from hosting, whatever the size or nature of your business. There are often sales that allow you 50% off the usual price, so if you’re not sure then wait a little bit and check back to see if the price has gone down! The normal prices of the plans are:

Economy: C$7.99 / month

Deluxe: C$9.99 / month

Ultimate: C$16.99 / month

The only problem with the pricing is that, although you can purchase contracts that last between 1 month and 36 months, there is no cost incentive to do so. That being said, the best value is the Deluxe package, as it offers many unlimited features, included unlimited domains, and is still less than C$10 per month, however long you purchase it for.

Customer Support

GoDaddy has really excellent customer support, which is what you would expect from such a large, global brand. The average response time for the ticketed system is approximately 24 hours, but you can access support 24/7 and the resources provided on the website are extensive and highly informative. They include a detailed FAQ section, forums, articles, video tutorials and links to social media where you would also be able to find out answers to questions you may have. You can also email or telephone to speak to part of the award-winning technical team.

Reliability & Security

Unsurprisingly, given the size and global reach of the company, GoDaddy has excellent security and reliability. The technology is the latest available and constantly being monitored (24/7/365 so the up-time of 99.9% is maintained) and the data centers are spread out in various locations. The money back guarantee is a testament to their confidence in the company and service, and we found that customers are kept informed about updates and maintenance to the servers. All the terms and conditions are set out clearly so you know exactly what you’re getting into when you sign up with GoDaddy.

Bottom Line

GoDaddy is a successful, well-known brand for a reason. They’ll ensure you can expand your business beyond Canada and make it accessible online in an easy, user-friendly and highly accomplished way.

 

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