Report Says GoDaddy Blows Away Expensive Competitors in WordPress Hosting Space

Hosting review site Review Signal just unveiled a staggering analysis of WordPress-included hosting options on the web. Of eight different hosts offering WordPress as a CMS in a hosting plan, GoDaddy was found to rank over all of them for best performance and value for cost. With WordPress hosting nearly 19% of the entire Internet, Review Signal took it as a challenge to see who was really worth the dime for consumer-friendly (out-of-the-box CMS) hosting options.

“Many companies in the managed WordPress space are charging a very high premium over the traditional shared web hosting providers. So beyond the marketing speak, what are you really getting,” asked Kevin Ohashi, Review Signal CEO and author of the report released Wednesday.

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Hosts in the lengthy analysis included: A Small Orange, Digital Ocean, Go Daddy, Pagely, Pressable, SiteGround, WebSynthesis, and WPEngine. In ReviewSignal’s chart above, you can plainly see Site Ground and GoDaddy offer the most storage, bandwidth and support options for the lowest costs. Other hosts such as WPEngine and Web Synthesis cost as much as $29 a month for basic shared hosting plans, not including hefty migration fees or costs for site-staging environments.

Nevertheless, in tests Digital Ocean, the cheapest of the available turn-key WP hosting options (at $5/mo), failed tremendously. However, the analysis notes that Digital Ocean is also not in the same niche of the rest of these companies, as their servers are better used by web experts because Digital Ocean will not assist users in WordPress management.

Of the numerous tests of speed, consistency and errors while holding sizable traffic from around the world, GoDaddy was deemed the most reliable despite some issues.

“GoDaddy, despite their small hiccups, managed to have the best average response time to 8 servers distributed across 5 continents (Virginia, Oregon, California, Singapore, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Ireland). Furthermore, they also managed to serve the most hits,” wrote Ohashi.

In addition, SiteGround ($7.95/mo) had the slowest average response and lowest hits/second, but did not have a single error or timeout; the response was consistent throughout the test. Of the more pricey options, A Small Orange ranked closest behind the domain name giant GoDaddy.

“A Small Orange’s performance was stunningly consistent. The fastest response was 238ms and the slowest was 244ms, a difference of 6ms over nearly 24,000 requests. They were just barely behind GoDaddy in hits and average response,” wrote Ohashi.

In the end, Review Signal’s tests preach that in this “out-of-the-box” WordPress host niche, not all competitors are rated equal. In fact, the lower cost alternatives performed so much better than the premium plans offering close to the same support, that Ohashi suggested GoDaddy could continue to price gouge its competitors.

“Overall, I would say GoDaddy delivered on their claim, performance wise. They appear to be in the top tier of specialized WordPress hosting companies. Given their price, I think they have the potential to push down pricing on most of their competitors who charge 3-4 times what GoDaddy charges,” concluded Ohashi.

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  • Stacie

    But, have you tried to get support from GoDaddy? In my experience, they can’t even fix the FTP user permissions without having to create a new FTP user. Response time to tickets is also verrrrry sloooow.

    • TechVoid

      We know there are real issues with GoDaddy services and don’t rely on them as a host ourselves, but the rating as the best option for of out-of-the-box WordPress services is definitely an interesting development–especially considering the general consumer opinion of GoDaddy as a company.

    • Stacie – Thanks for the comment. We are working very hard to offer the best hosting products in the industry. Our support is something that we always keep top of mind as well and the reason many users love GoDaddy. We will be looking into increasing your hosting support experience and offering faster reply times. Appreciate your feedback 🙂

      TechVoid – Thanks for the reply too.

      • Mike Parnelly

        Canned responses are typical of your support, even with numerous follow up submissions asking you people to “READ THE SUPPORT TICKET, PLEASE”. You waste peoples’ time and I don’t care how fast or promising your WordPress hosting is, your support makes it MORE COSTLY than the most costly provider mentioned in this post, as time is money, and you people at GoDaddy cost people time…lots and lots of it. So NO THANK YOU!

        • Mike just as an FYI we have launched more support via Chat. So you can get live web support without calling now, 24/7 🙂 ^Colby

    • Stacie – Thanks for the comment. We are working very hard to offer the best hosting products in the industry. Our support is something that we always keep top of mind as well and the reason many users love GoDaddy. We will be looking into increasing your hosting support experience and offering faster reply times. Appreciate your feedback 🙂

      TechVoid – Thanks for the reply too.

  • Guest

    Stacie – Thanks for the comment. We are working very hard to offer the best hosting products in the industry. Our support is something that we always keep top of mind as well and the reason many users love GoDaddy. We will be looking into increasing your hosting support experience and offering faster reply times. Appreciate your feedback 🙂

  • Guest

    Stacie – Thanks for the comment. We are working very hard to offer the best hosting products in the industry. Our support is something that we always keep top of mind as well and the reason many users love GoDaddy. We will be looking into increasing your hosting support experience and offering faster reply times. Appreciate your feedback 🙂

  • I can’t speak for GoDaddy, but low costs can be deceiving..
    I’ve experienced what it’s like to be with SiteGround, and I thought the prices were excellent for the features offered in their GoGeek hosting plan, with even some neat WordPress specific tweaks and tools.
    You’ll soon realise though, that your monthly cost starts to creep up when you want additional features that are cheap/included in the “more expensive” hosting solutions in the chart above.

    Want a SiteGround provided SSL? First year free, after that, double the price you can find online.
    Want to install that SSL certificate you just bought online for half the price? No problem, pay £20 fee for someone to press a few buttons in cpanel and £20 for IP (every 12 months).
    Want a vanity DNS to hide your host from your clients? No problem, £65 per year for a standard cpanel reseller feature.

    Add to that textbook-following support guys who are clearly googling the same articles as I am and you really get what you pay for. Do yourself a favour and pay for a dedicated WordPress host, they have true experts on their support team that take care of you and when you actually factor the time you don’t spend troubleshooting servers with useless support, that “more expensive” hosting just means you can spend more time doing things that matter to your business.

  • Stephen Hunt

    Cheap isn’t always better. I have a GoDaddy-hosted WordPress web site that fell apart under less than a 1000 visitors a day and GoDaddy closed my site for three days (without agreeing this with me) – presumably hoping users would get annoyed, stop visiting, and traffic would decrease – with GoDaddy only putting me back online after I constantly chased their technical support into telling me that CloudFlare would help.

    All I got were canned responses and platitudes, until, finally, I got some sense out of a human being and their CloudFlare recommendation.

    I now use other hosts for any web site I need to run using WordPress where being able to scale traffic is important. As far as I can see, Cloudflare is just outsourcing your hosting to someone else who can actually cope with the traffic. It’s a little like buying a crap car, complaining to the manufacturer, and them telling you to use a taxi alongside your new purchase.

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  • Tom Kay

    The folks at http://reviewsignal.com/ do a really good job in their comparisons. I’ve bought a lot of WP hosting in the last few years (200+ plans) for various clients and I can tell you that while GoDaddy is definitely (still) the cheaper option, they really don’t deliver much value. However, when you compare their basic hosting plans to managed WP hosting companies like WP Engine or Page.ly, I can understand why most people would choose them simply based on price. GoDaddy has a 2.7 star rating at http://hosting-plan-reviews.com/ , which doesn’t really put it at the top of the list for quality. Conversely, WP Engine is rated 5 star.