SiteGround vs GoDaddy (Nov 2017) – “The Winner Is …”

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SiteGround and GoDaddy both offer a wide variety of web hosting services. They have hosting plans that are suited for experienced and less experienced webmasters. You can choose from three levels of shared hosting at both SiteGround and GoDaddy.

These two web hosts both provide cPanel as your interface along with the ability to host unlimited websites with their mid and top level plans. There are advantages with certain features depending on which host you choose. For example, GoDaddy provides unlimited disk space while SiteGround’s is capped. However, SiteGround offers unlimited emails and GoDaddy caps your email storage.

SiteGround vs GoDaddy Details

The Winner

Category SiteGroundSiteGround GoDaddyGoDaddy Comments
Data Centers Winner   SiteGround has 5 data centers on 3 different continents.
Server Hardware Winner   NGINX Server Technology with Solid State Drives (SSDs)
Network Winner   High Availability Network with Redundant Electrical Systems
Account Sign Up/Provision Winner   3 Clicks to Setup a New Website
Control Panel Winner   SiteGround’s account interface provides access to cPanel.
Speed and Performance Winner   99.99% Uptime
Security Winner   Free Let’s Encrypt SSL
Data Backup Winner   SiteGround Provides Automatic Daily Backup and 30 Copies Available for Restore
Developer Tools Winner   Currently supporting PHP 7.1
WordPress Winner   SiteGround provides managed hosting features including automatic updates, data backup, and SuperCacher for added speed.
Website Applications Winner   SiteGround provides 400+ applications via cPanel
Customer Support Response Time Winner   See Results Below
Customer Support Issue Resolution Winner    
Money Back Guarantee Winner   30 Days
Price/Value Winner   $3.95 – $14.95 mo.

Customer Support Test Results

Currently, I am using both SiteGround and GoDaddy. Performance has been equally good at both places. However, SiteGround is the clear winner in the customer support area. SiteGround’s live chat support is available 24/7 and their support agents are always helpful and courteous. On the other hand, GoDaddy’s chat support is sometime unavailable and the support staff somewhat inconsistent as far as responsiveness.

Web Host Morning Afternoon Night
 SiteGround  15.8 sec.  11.9 sec.  15.7 sec.
 GoDaddy  N/A  1 min. 12 sec.  N/A

If you plan to have quite a few websites online and are going to use GoDaddy as your domain registrar, it would certainly be convenient to also utilize them for web hosting—thereby having one place for managing domain names and your hosting plan. On the other hand, SiteGround does offer some premium features that advanced website owners may prefer including their SuperCacher, CloudFlare CDN, and Git & Staging.

SiteGround
SiteGround

Started Business: 2004
BBB Rating: A
Data Center Location: Chicago IL, Amsterdam NL, Singapore SG, London UK

Price: $3.95 mo. – $14.95 mo.
Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes
Unlimited Storage: No (10GB – 30 GB)
Unlimited Email: Yes
Host Multiple Domains: Yes (except StartUp plan)

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

Free Extras:
CloudFlare CDN
Free backup and restore (except with StartUp plan)
Free Let’s Encrypt SSL

Advantages of Choosing SiteGround:

  • Free website transfer.
  • Servers on three continents.
  • Content delivery network included.
  • Managed WordPress and Joomla services available.
  • In-House SuperCacher service included.
  • cPanel and Softaculous interfaces.
  • They offer phone, email, and chat support.
  • Fast and responsive live chat support.

Click here to see more details on SiteGround

GoDaddy
Go Daddy

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: No
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:
Premium DNS Management Tool (Ultimate Plan only)
Double Processing Power and Memory (Ultimate Plan only)
DudaMobile automatically converts your site to mobile (except on Economy Plan)
SSL Certificate (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 SiteGround. See our SiteGround review ratings below: