With over 51 million domains names under its management, Godaddy has established itself as a world wide leader in domain registration. Founded in 1997 as Jomax Technoligies by Bob Parson, the company blossomed into what we know as GoDaddy in 1999.
Godaddy Domain Pricing
Since its inception, many customers have found Godaddy to be an affordable domain registrar. Godaddy’s domain’s are competitively priced for their value. Depending on the current sale running and/or coupons used, you can purchase a domain name for around $8-$12. I purchased my domain name on sale for $8 plus tax and ICANN fees.
Godaddy’s customer support for WordPress blogs was superb from my experience. I called their customer support line to help setup my WordPress blog. I had call wait times that were usually less than five minutes. Their support staff was extremely helpful and informative during the process of setting up my blog.
Web Hosting Plans
Godaddy offers an Economy, Deluxe, and Ultimate Web Hosting Plans. With their Economy Plan, customers gain 10 GB of storage space, unlimited bandwith, 100 email accounts, and 10 1GB My SQL databases. The Deluxe Plan affords users 150 GB of storage space, unlimited bandwith, unlimited websites, 500 email accounts, and 25 1GB My SQL databases. Godaddy’s largest offering, the Ultimate Plan, provides ulimited websites, space, bandwith, SQL databases, and 1000 email accounts. Pricing for hosting plans range from $5-$10 per month depending on the plan you decide to purchase.
Godaddy offers their own control panel, but you would likely be best served using your own FTP client like Filezilla (my personal favorite).
One of the good things about Godaddy’s hosting plans is that they offer both Windows and Linux hosting. Some companies do not offer both, but Godaddy does.
Godaddy Hosting Performance
When it comes to domain registration Godaddy takes the cake, but their web hosting performance is less than desirable. I am a proponent of Hostgator’s services. However, before I pledged my allegiance, Godaddy Hosting was used to power my blog. I frequently had 500 errors as my website grew while using Godaddy’s hosting services. Combined with slow load times and overall lackluster performance, I would not recommend their hosting services.
Godaddy is an excellent choice for finding cheap domain names, but their hosting services are less than adequate. Many people including myself have discovered that purchasing a domain name from Godaddy and hosting it with another service provider is the best option. In this way, you can have an affordably priced domain name and high quality web hosting for your website or blog.