GreenGeeks vs. GoDaddy (Nov 2017) – “What’s the Real Story?”

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Can GreenGeeks web hosting compete with the big dog GoDaddy? Here’s our comparison between these two web hosts.

As a customer of both GreenGeeks and GoDaddy, I can say that each of these companies does provide quality web hosting and email services. GoDaddy does offer many more services as compared to GreenGeeks. But, when you focus on the Shared Web Hosting plans of each host, GreenGeeks more than holds its own. In fact, GreenGeeks actually has many advantages, including a free domain name for the life of your account as opposed to GoDaddy where your domain is free only for the initial term. We also like that GreenGeeks includes solid state drives (SSDs), free nightly backup of your hosting account (with free restore once per month), and free SEO and marketing tools. By contrast, GoDaddy offers separate services for SEO and marketing—which you’ll need to pay extra for.

When it comes to green web hosting, GreenGeeks is definitely the industry leader–powered by 300% renewable energy. However, we also prefer GreenGeeks over GoDaddy in other areas such as WordPress hosting. And, when it comes to customer support response time, we find GreenGeeks far superior.

For beginners, it’s a close call when choosing between GreenGeeks and GoDaddy. If you only need a single website, you may want to opt for GoDaddy’s Economy plan. But for those that need hosting for multiple websites or website owners with a little more experience, GreenGeeks is the better option.

GreenGeeks vs GoDaddy Details

The Winner

Category GreenGeeksGreenGeeks GoDaddyGoDaddy Comments
Data Centers Winner   GreenGeeks has Data Centers in Chicago, Phoenix, Canada, and Amsterdam NL.
Server Hardware Winner   RAID-10 SSD Storage
Network Winner    
Account Sign Up/Provision Winner    
Control Panel Winner   Account Dashboard linked to cPanel
Speed and Performance Winner   See Results Below
Security Winner   24/7 Security Monitoring
Data Backup Winner   GreenGeeks Automated daily backup notifies you by email when completed.
Developer Tools Winner   Currently supporting PHP 7.1
WordPress Winner   1 Click Installation with Enhanced Security
Website Applications Winner   cPanel and Softaculous application installation.
Green Hosting Winner   GreenGeeks is powered by 300% Renewable Energy.
Advertising Credits Winner   Free Marketing and SEO Tools
Customer Support Response Time Winner   Normally under 60 seconds.
Customer Support Issue Resolution Winner    
Money Back Guarantee Winner Winner Tie. 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Price/Value Winner   GreenGeeks provides All-Inclusive Hosting Plan for $3.95 mo.

Website Speed Comparison

In our speed testing, GreenGeeks and GoDaddy were very close. Depending on the testing location, in some cases GoDaddy was faster, while in other tests, GreenGeeks was better. For our particular area, GreenGeeks was slightly faster.
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GreenGeeks
GreenGeeks

Started Business: 2008
BBB Rating: B+
Data Center Location: Chicago IL, Phoenix AZ, Toronto Canada, Amsterdam NL

Price: $3.96 mo.
Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes
Unlimited Storage: Yes
Unlimited Email: Yes
Host Multiple Domains: Yes

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

Free Extras:
Attracta SEO and Marketing Tools
Free nightly data backups
Free Solid State Drives (SSDs)

Advantages of Choosing GreenGeeks:

  • Industry leading Green Web Hosting.
  • Free Domain Name for life of account.
  • All-Inclusive hosting plan with unlimited space, bandwidth, and addon domains.
  • 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 GreenGeeks

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 Go Daddy:

  • Very convenient to use their domain name registration services combined with their hosting.
  • Your site on Go Daddy 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 Go Daddy

Recommendation

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