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Editor Updated: August 01, 2016 Published: January 16, 2016
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  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Mexico
  • International
Guarantee
No
Guarantee offered only on a few high-end hosting plans.
Better Business Bureau
A+

Subscription

Subscription Type
Paid Option(s)
Price Per Month
$3.99 (min cost)
For a 1 year basic shared plan called Economy.
Shortest Plan Available
1 month

Internet Services

Domains

Features
  • Domain Name Search
  • Bulk Domain Seach
  • DNS Management
  • Domain Privacy
  • Domain Transfer
  • Domain Transfer Lock
  • Email Forwarding
  • Sub-Domains
  • URL Forwarding
  • Automatic Renewals
  • Domain Auction

Web Hosting

Features
  • Free Domain Name
  • Free Domain Transfer
  • eCommerce Solutions
  • SSL Certificate
  • Dedicated IP
Control Panel
cPanel

Customer Resources

Help & Support
  • 24-hour Support
  • Chat
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Support Tickets
  • Knowledge Base
Expert Advice
  • Articles
  • Videos
Community Support
  • Success Stories / Testimonials
  • Social Media

GoDaddy has 14 state-of-the-art facilities operating throughout the world and over 4,500 highly skilled employees to take care of all their customer domain and hosting needs. GoDaddy offices and data centers can be found in North America, Asia, Europe and India and serve more than 13 million customers around the world. GoDaddy is the world's largest domain name registrar with over 61 million domains under their management and they are also one of the world's largest web hosting providers for personal and small business use. They have been in operation since 1997.

Shared Web Hosting

GoDaddy offers both Linux and Windows shared hosting plans. Pricing and features are similar except with Linux you get access to PHP, Perl, Python and CGI Scripting along with MySQL server. On Windows you can access PHP, ASP, and ASP.net along with MySQL, MS SQL and Access databases.

cPanel is used to easily manage your Linux server, on Windows the control panel used is Odin Plesk. For people new to hosting 1-click install of 125+ free applications is available on Linux servers and Windows servers can install 50+ applications. The more popular applications you can install include the latest versions of WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.

Plan Name Economy Deluxe Ultimate
Sale Price* $3.99 / month $4.49 / month $7.99 / month
Regular Price $6.99 / month $8.99 / month $14.99 / month
Subscription Lengths 3, 12, 24, and 36 months 1, 12, 24, and 36 months 1, 12, 24, and 36 months
Websites 1 Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Storage 100 GB Unlimited Unlimited
Databases 10 x 1 GB 25 x 1 GB Unlimited x 1 GB
Extras Free Domain Same as Economy plan Same as Deluxe plan, plus 2X Processing Power & Memory, and Premium DNS

* Prices based on 1 year subscription which will renew at the regular price. Prices can increase/decrease depending on subscription length. All prices in USD unless specified other wise. Costs and features offered last checked January 16, 2016.

Other features you can add to most shared hosting plans include:

  • Add Site Backup & Restore for $1.99 / month
  • Add SiteLock for $1.49 / month
  • Add Standard SSL Certificate for $69.99 / year

Cloud Hosting

Currently for US data centers only, GoDaddy Cloud Servers come with a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Plus you only pay for what you use. Each cloud server is billed hourly up to the plans monthly price (with no subscription term). Developers can access the servers by a simple API or via the Control Panel. With the cloud your data is stored on high performance SSD (Solid State Drives) which have a super quick disk access time. You also have a permanent IP assignment, even if you re-provision your resources the IP will remain yours. Backups are quick an easy and require no server downtime.

Plan Name 20 GB 40 GB 80 GB
Price* $5.00 / month ($0.01 / hour) $10.00 / month ($0.02 / hour) $20.00 / month ($0.03 / hour)
Websites Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth 1 TB 3 TB 8 TB
Storage 20 GB 40 GB 80 GB
Speed 1 CPU Core 2 CPU Cores 2 CPU Cores

* All prices in USD unless specified other wise. Costs and features offered last checked .

30 GB and 60 GB Cloud hosting plans also exist but are not shown in the above chart.

Virtual Private Server Hosting

GoDaddy has a large selection of Virtual Private Server hosting packages for both Windows and Linux. Managed services are standard and includes all OS patching, backups (Disaster Recovery only), and security monitoring. You may also specify Fully Managed services or Self-Managed, where you take care of most operating system maintenance yourself. Once you pick your plan you can expect your server to be ready in minutes instead of hours like other web hosts provisioning times. Plus any server upgrades are provision-free. With all levels of management you will have root access to your server with the ability to install PHP, modules, server level proxy, and other software. Number of outbound emails per day for all server plans is 5,000 (SMTP Email Relays).

The VPS plans listed below are for Linux servers which can have the following OS installed CentOS 6 & 7, Fedora 20 & 22, Ubuntu (depends on level of management). Windows VPS servers can have either Windows Server 2008 or 2012 installed. Windows VPS plans have similar next-generation hardware specs as Linux servers but cost on average $10 more per month. Both Linux and Windows servers can have MySQL server installed. Windows servers can also choose to install MS SQL Server.

Plan Name 2 GB RAM 4 GB RAM 8 GB RAM
Sale Price* $29.99 / month $49.99 / month $99.99 / month
Regular Price $39.99 / month $69.99 / month $139.99 / month
Subscription Lengths 1, 3, 12, and 24 months 1, 3, 12, and 24 months 1, 3, 12, and 24 months
IP Addresses ** 1 - 3 1 - 3 1 - 3
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Storage 60 GB 120 GB 240 GB
Speed 4 CPU Cores 6 CPU Cores 6 CPU Cores

* Prices based on 1 year subscription which will renew at the regular price. Prices can increase/decrease depending on subscription length. All prices in USD unless specified other wise. Costs and features offered last checked .

** Depends on level of management selected.

A 1 GB RAM (Linux only) and a 3 GB RAM (Windows and Linux) plans also exist but are not shown in the above chart. Other features you can add to most shared hosting plans include Site Backup & Restore which costs $4.99 per month.

Dedicated Server Hosting

Need a dedicated Windows or Linux server? GoDaddy has you covered with not only a 99.9% uptime promise but also a 45 day money back guarantee. As with VPS, GoDaddy Dedicated Servers are available with 3 levels of management (Self-Managed, Managed, Fully Managed) and your server resources are provisioned in minutes. Your server hardware has the latest Intel Xeon processors and comes with RAID 1 disk mirroring. MySQL server is available for Linux servers (CentOS 6 & 7, Fedora 20 & 22, Ubuntu) and MS SQL Server for Windows 2008 and 2012 servers. You also have root access to the command line to perform administrative level tasks.

Plan Name 2 GB RAM 8 GB RAM 32 GB RAM
Sale Price* $79.99 / month $139.99 / month $209.99 / month
Regular Price $129.99 / month $199.99 / month $349.99 / month
Subscription Lengths 1, 3, 12, and 24 months 1, 3, 12, and 24 months 1, 3, 12, and 24 months
IP Addresses ** 1 - 3 1 - 3 1 - 3
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Storage 512 GB 1,500 GB 2,000 GB
Speed 4 CPU Cores 4 CPU Cores 4 CPU Cores

* Prices based on 1 year subscription which will renew at the regular price. Prices can increase/decrease depending on subscription length. All prices in USD unless specified other wise. Costs and features offered last checked .

** Depends on level of management selected.

A 4 GB RAM and and a 16 GB RAM plans also exist but are not shown in the above chart. Site Backup & Restore can be added to any Dedicated Server plan for $4.99 a month.

Security

Have your websites secured with SitLock. SiteLock is an anti-malware tool for websites and it offers a number of different scans for threats including SQL injection, Cross Site Scripting (XSS), Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF), and Security misconfiguration. SiteLock plans cost between $1.49 and $6.99 per month depending on what you want to scan for and how many web pages you have.

Reliability & Performance

With over a 99.999% hardware uptime, GoDaddy.com world class data centers use name brand routers, firewalls and servers. Everything at there data centers is completely owned and operated by GoDaddy.com, nothing goes through 3rd parties. All hosting plans comes with 24/7 software monitoring and physical security. Daily backups are also performed to ensure no loss of data.

Domains

GoDaddy is first and foremost known for being a Domain Name Registrar. You can register all of the common domains including .com, .ca and .org along with hundreds of new domains based on the recently released new top level domain (like .expert or .guru). If you are a web developer, these new type of domains allow for better branding for your clients. If you already have a domain and would like to transfer the management to GoDaddy, that is easy as a few clicks with their domain transfer tool. Plus with every transfer, you get a 1 year free extension.

It can be hard to find the right domain name when so many are already registered on the popular top level domains like .com. When you search for a domain on GoDaddy, their smart search tool will return up to 100 available domain names based on your search terms. The tool will return available domains based on related words, extensions you didn't specify, and domains based on your location. You could also be shown names that are currently going through an auction that related to your search.

At GoDaddy you can also search and buy your names in bulk. You can register up to 500 domains at once using the bulk domain name registration tool which has a number of features that makes it easy to include all of your information without typing it out multiple times. You also save money when you register 6 or more domains at once.

With every domain registered you also have access to a full-featured domain name server (DNS) management tool. This allows you to monitor and add/delete/modify records for your domains from one dashboard. GoDaddy DNS servers have a guaranteed uptime of 99.999%.

The cost for a .com domain start as low as $2.99 for the first year (other domain extensions vary in prices). With each domain you register you can add domain Privacy Protection for $7.99 per year and Privacy & Business Protection for $14.99 a year which includes a Certified Domain Seal to prove to your visitors the site's ownership and an online business card in the WHOIS directory. You also can add email to your domain which ranges in price from $3.99 a month to $9.99 a month depending on the storage and other features you need. You also can add web hosting to the domain as well if needed.

Customer Service

GoDaddy offers 24 hour, 7 days a week, for 365 days a year customer service both online through chat and email, and by toll free phone support. Email reply times average just under 5 hours while telephone support can take anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes to talk to a live person. As with other hosting providers there is also articles and user forums from where you can seek information and help.

Disclaimer: While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of our information at Review Chatter we shall not be held responsible for any discrepancy. There is a possibility that the information provided here is outdated or wrong, please check with the companies website directly for the most recent information. As always you should read your terms of service before purchasing any product online or signing up to any online service.

User reviews

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Overall rating 
 
3.6
Features 
 
3.8  (5)
Reliability 
 
4.1  (5)
Performance 
 
3.3  (5)
Customer Service 
 
2.9  (5)
Value 
 
3.7  (5)
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Is customer service knowledgeable and available when you need it?
Value
Did you get the value you expected for the money you paid?
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Godaddy.com review
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Features 
 
4.5
Reliability 
 
4.5
Performance 
 
3.5
Customer Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
I didn't know much about web hosting 4 years ago when I first started. Godaddy was my first host and I still host my websites with them now. We have had a few small differences along the way but over all my experience with Godaddy has been really good. I have learned a lot and have checked out other hosts over the years but have never seen the need to switch. Godaddy prices and their customer service has kept me a loyal customer.  I started out using the website builder but have since switched to Wordpress. Godaddy makes it easy to host CMS and you are allowed plenty of bandwidth and processor power. One of my websites regularly gets over 5000 unique hits a day and I am on the Godaddy shared hosting plan.
Pros
Low Cost - Customer Service
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Web Hosting Information

Web Hosting Type
Shared
Length of Time Used
More than 2 Years

About Me

Location
Texas
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Godaddy
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Features 
 
4.0
Reliability 
 
4.0
Performance 
 
3.5
Customer Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
3.5
I recently purchased a domain from Godaddy and needed hosting so I went with them as well since they offered me a decent deal. It took me a while to get the website going as I had to read tutorials on how to do everything. I wished Godaddy organizes their tutorials and other articles better so I could find the information I needed easier. Everything is pretty complex for a newbie including the control panel and I was overwhelmed at first.  It took about 2 weeks working nightly on it to slowly get the hang of things. My wordpress website has been online for about 4 months now and I am constantly improving it now. 

This is my first experience with a web host. I have no real comparisons but so far things have worked out and I have no real complaints.
Pros
Website has always been up with no downtime.
Cons
Godaddy tutorials on website development could be organized better.
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Web Hosting Information

Web Hosting Type
Shared
Length of Time Used
6 - 12 Months
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Go Daddy is more than Decent
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Features 
 
4.0
Reliability 
 
4.0
Performance 
 
3.5
Customer Service 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.5
I am not a webmaster of a zillion websites or anything. I am just one person who runs a small photography business. I am on a budget but I needed a web host who would allow me to post large photos and allow my visitors to view them without running into bandwidth and data caps.

I found Go Daddy to be pretty good. I know how to use a computer mainly for Photoshop and creating a few basic web pages. This is my first website and I decided on using WordPress which a lot of my competitors use. It was a bit of a learning curve for me but in the end with Go Daddies customer service help, I was able to get WordPress setup along with the gallery plugin I wanted. I was impressed not only with myself, but with the time Go Daddy took to help me.
Pros
Cheapest service for hosting, Guarantee
Cons
Average. Nothing stands out except price.
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Web Hosting Information

Web Hosting Type
Shared
Length of Time Used
3 - 6 Months
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My Go Daddy Review
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Features 
 
2.5
Reliability 
 
4.0
Performance 
 
2.5
Customer Service 
 
0.5
Value 
 
2.5
Here's an explanation of my 'negatives' for GoDaddy -

1. Coupons and discounts - we were bombarded with emails constantly offering discounts for one thing or another - yes, those things that should be part of a well priced package to start with.  Designed to make  you think you are getting a bargain, and luring you to sign up for more things you don't need.

2. Way too many confusing options for domain name and account managing.  Don't get bamboozled into locking anything up so that it won't get stolen!  You'll get it locked up and then have to jump through hoops to try and get it unlocked so that you can quit GoDaddy.  Just navigating their backend left me feeling like a rat in a maze.

3. GoDaddy Girls -- well to be honest the whole GoDaddy image!  Tacky! Commercials that only an adolescent teen would find appealing.  Think long and hard about whether this is the kind of image you want to put your company's money behind.  It seems to me that rather than making commercials full of childish sexual innuendo's the company would be better suited to concentrate on customer support!
Pros
Hosting was reliable with good uptime once I figured out how to use it.
Cons
Coupons, Coupons, Coupons, Too many confusing account options, GoDaddy Girls
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

Web Hosting Information

Web Hosting Type
Shared
Length of Time Used
3 - 6 Months

About Me

Location
USA
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GoDaddy Review
(Updated: January 26, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Features 
 
4.0
Reliability 
 
4.0
Performance 
 
3.5
Customer Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
4.0
I have been with GoDaddy  since 2011. For 4 years I have really had no complaints. My website experienced no downtime and the performance of my website which uses Wordpress was more than acceptable. I did have a problem a month ago regarding restoring a number of our sql server databases. 

The first one took almost 2 weeks to get fixed. The other one was a week and the backups they supplied initially didn't work. The help on restoring the tables was slow in coming and took several emails before I got any answers.

I would still recommend GoDaddy as I have used other web hosts (which will remain nameless) and have had far more problems.
Pros
Good price and features with my shared hosting plan.
Cons
Customer Support
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Web Hosting Information

Web Hosting Type
Shared
Length of Time Used
More than 2 Years
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