A2 Hosting vs GoDaddy (Sept 2017) – “The Winner Is …”

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While GoDaddy offers many products and services (including domain name management), this comparison focuses completely on the web hosting plans offered by A2 Hosting and GoDaddy. Both A2 Hosting and GoDaddy offer many options for those looking for a web hosting plan. There are definitely more plans to choose from at GoDaddy. A2 Hosting focuses on the more traditional types of hosting plans (Shared, VPS, and Dedicated). Let’s take a look at when A2 Hosting or GoDaddy is the better choice.

Newbies or less experienced website owners will probably want to look at GoDaddy first. GoDaddy tends to streamline their products and services so that those people with less technical experience are able to get setup and running more easily. In fact, when it comes to web hosting, GoDaddy has simplified the process down to what they say is two steps, 30 seconds, and you’re good to go.

For more experienced webmasters or if you want a hosting plan that will be able to handle your site’s requirements as it continues to grow and expand, then you’ll want to consider going with A2 Hosting. A2 Hosting includes everything you’ll need (fast hardware, optimized environment, software options) should you require more resources and premium features.

A2 Hosting vs GoDaddy Details

The Winner

Category A2 HostingA2 Hosting GoDaddyGoDaddy Comments
Data Centers Winner   A2 Hosting has data centers on 3 different continents.
Server Hardware Winner   Turbo Servers can provide up to 20x faster loading. Both Turbo and Swift Servers include solid state drives (SSDs).
Network Winner   A2 Hosting provides a quadruple redundant network. You also get free Cloudflare CDN.
Account Sign Up/Provision Winner   WordPress Pre-Installed
Control Panel Winner   A2 Hosting’s client area provides direct access to cPanel.
Speed and Performance Winner   See Results Below
Security Winner   A2 Proactive perpetual security includes firewall, brute force defense, virus scanning, and security monitoring. Free SSL.
Data Backup Winner   A2 Server Rewind Backups are performed daily and you can restore data from the past 30 days.
Developer Tools Winner   Currently supporting PHP 7.1
WordPress Winner   A2 WordPress environment optimized for speed and security. WordPress can be pre-installed when you sign up.
Website Applications Winner   A2 Hosting provides 400+ applications via cPanel
Advertising Credits Winner   Free Bing/Yahoo Credits
Customer Support Response Time Winner   Normally around 15 Sec.
Customer Support Issue Resolution Winner    
Money Back Guarantee Winner   Anytime Money Back Guarantee
Price/Value Winner   $3.92 – $9.31 mo.

Website Speed Comparison

When it comes to website speed, A2 Hosting is far superior. As you can see from the data below, A2 Hosting’s optimized features result in faster website performance.
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A2 Hosting also tops GoDaddy in the customer support category. A2 Hosting’s Guru Crew provide outstanding support via phone, email, and chat. My experience has been that A2 Hosting’s support team is consistently more responsive and helpful.

A2 Hosting
A2 Hosting

Started Business: 2003
BBB Rating: A+
Data Center Location: Michigan, USA; Amsterdam, EUR; Singapore, Asia

Price: $3.92 mo. – $9.31 mo.
Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes
Unlimited Storage: Yes
Unlimited Email: Yes
Host Multiple Domains: Yes

Hosting Interface: cPanel
Server Uptime: 99.9%
Full Refund Period: Anytime
Dedicated Hosting Available: Yes

Free Extras:
Attracta SEO and Marketing Tools
Free HackScan and Security Tools
Free Solid State Drives (SSDs)
CloudFlare Content Delivery Network
Free Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificates
Patchman Enhanced Security Tool
Integrated ManageWP Account

Advantages of Choosing A2 Hosting:

  • A2 Optimized Environment for WordPress
  • Optional Turbo Server available for Faster Page Loading
  • Choose Linux or Window Hosting
  • Perpetual Security
  • Environment Friendly FutureServe Green Hosting
  • Quadruple Redundant Network
  • Free Server Rewind Backups
  • Free website transfer.
  • cPanel and Softaculous interfaces.
  • They offer phone, email, and chat support.
  • Fast and responsive live chat support.

Click here to see more details on A2 Hosting

Go Daddy
GoDaddy

Started Business: 1997
BBB Rating: A+
Data Center Location: N/A

Price: $4.99 mo. – $7.99 mo.
Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes
Unlimited Storage: Yes (except on Economy Plan)
Unlimited Email: Yes (Ultimate Plan only)
Host Multiple Domains: Yes (except on Economy Plan)

Hosting Interface: cPanel
Server Uptime: 99.9%
Full Refund Period: 30 Days
Dedicated Hosting Available: Yes

Free Extras:
DudaMobile automatically converts your site to mobile (except on Economy Plan)
Website Accelerator (Ultimate Plan only)
SSL Certificate (Ultimate Plan only)
Malware Scanner (Ultimate Plan only)

Advantages of Choosing GoDaddy:

  • Very convenient to use their domain name registration services combined with their hosting.
  • Your site on GoDaddy can be mobile ready.
  • Choose between Linux or Windows operating system.
  • Go Daddy is one of the largest and well-known web hosts.
  • You can access your account on Go Daddy’s mobile app.
  • Go Daddy’s website has been streamlined and now offers easier access to account information.

Click here to see more details on GoDaddy

Recommendation

For most websites, in this comparison we would recommend A2 Hosting. See our A2 Hosting review ratings below: