If you bought my SiteBuilder Elite website authoring package, you’ll know that I recommend Hostgator as a webhost. Why them and not GoDaddy who are a huge brand in the web hosting business?
Well, first off, I have used both hosting platforms so I have good experience of both. For me, however, GoDaddy is all about making people aware of their brand and not providing an end product that’s good enough. It’s a classic example of style over substance.
So why have I come to this conclusion?
1. The Hosting Packages on Offer
Most decent webhosts now offer unlimited hosting packages – unlimited domains, webspace and bandwidth and an unlimited number of mySQL databases. To get that from GoDaddy, you have to opt for their “Unlimited” Plan which costs $14.99 per month. Their cheaper ($6.99 per month) “DeLuxe” Plan does provide for unlimited domains but your webspace is capped at 150Gb and bandwidth at 1500Gb and you can only have 25 mySQL databases. For many people that will be more than enough but serious marketers should be thinking about the future and possible expansion plans for their business.
Hostgtor’s “Baby” Plan, on the other hand, offers unlimited everything for $9.95 per month, so they offer the same, if not more than GoDaddy, at a cheaper price.
2. Support for IonCube
You may never have heard of IonCube. It’s a package that decrypts encoded PHP scripts. Software writers and companies use encryption to protect their software from being copied or hacked by software pirates. IonCube is an industry-standard decryption tool and, guess what, GoDaddy doesn’t officially support it. What does that mean?
It means that GoDaddy do not install IonCube on their webservers by default (as does Hostgator). Other webhosting companies like Bluehost and Hostmonster have IonCube installed but not enabled by default and you have to generate a php.ini file though your cPanel to get it working (it’s a simple process). GoDaddy don’t even provide that.
With SiteBuilder Elite, I provide the loader files to get IonCube up and running on a webhost that doesn’t provode IonCube support by default. Depending on how the webhost configures its webservers, there may be the need to add a php.ini or php5.ini file to get things working. On the better webhosts it’s not a problem. But because GoDaddy configures its webservers differently (for reasons best known to themselves), getting IonCube running on a given webserver isn’t guaranteed. It’ll work on some of their webservers but not others. And that leads me to…
3. Technical Support
Hostgator have very good support. They respond in a timely manner to emails (usually within a couple of hours) and have knowledgeable staff who are willing to help customers in difficulty. I wish I could say tthe same for GoDaddy. Unfortunately, responses from them can take up to 2-3 days. Often they’re stock replies showing that the responder either hasn’t properly read your email or understood what you’re asking. Enquiries where IonCube are concerned (e.g. please help me get ionCube running) are met with a “we don’t support ionCube” response (with an implicit “so you’re on your own” caveat). Technically speaking, their support in general isn’t very good, often requiring two or three attempts from a customer to resolve an issue. So a big thumbs down for GoDaddy.
In every way, Hostgator beats GoDaddy hands down; better and cheaper hosting packages, better provision of tools (like ionCube) as standard and better support.
That’s why I recommend Hostgator.
By the way, if you do decide HostGator is for you, use coupon code AUTUMN at checkout to save 20% on your initial order (best used when paying for a year’s hosting or more up front).
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12 thoughts on “Hostgator Vs GoDaddy Webhosting”
Thanks for making the truth so clear to understand! It’s true, due to their flashy advertising campaigns, GoDaddy seems like the choice for casual users who aren’t of the better values available. I was already using BlueHost when I ordered SiteBuilder Elite, and I’ve never had any reason to change. Their customer service, on the few occasions that I’ve needed to test it, has been outstanding and almost instantaneous. Plus, they do offer the IonCube support that we SBE users need too. I highly recommend them.
Thanx 4 the grt info. Godaddy is my registrar and I do use them to host some minor sites. You are dead on when you mention their service; it is terrible most of the time. Just recently I have heard some real big guns in the IM world recommend Hostgator for similar reasons. I recently tried GVO but haven’t had time to really delve into it yet. It also provides an MLM slant to the business whereby you can earn income from GVO as well. Thanx again for your advice.
Hostgator provides a perfect service. The stuff is very friendly, helpful and they give you great support. I have a baby-account with them and I am very delighted how rapid they always answer my questions. I can highly recommend hostgator. I would never ever host scripts with another host. They are reliable and there is almost nothing hostgator cannot provide.
I have set up several websites with many differnt webhosts. Hostgator is the best one – and I must stress it, they give you great support.
To your success
I have been using the ixwebhosting for my fledgling sites. Though I have no knowledge of hosting or uploading the files. I just put up a new site with sitebuilderelite and it is running well.
It would be useful if you can review other hosting platforms like you have done for godaddy.
Hi, can you tell me about GVO Hosting, i’m pretty sure they are equal with Hostgator, does anyone know???
I don’t know anything about GVO hosting, I’m afraid. The only thing I do know is that it’s run by Joel Therion who seems to be a solid guy from all accounts. So I don’t think it would be risky taking out a web hosting plan there.
Good post. However, I am actually moving from Hostgator to my old host, Ubiquity who I find cheaper and give me unlimited space etc + a free domain. The service I have received thus far has been amazing. I agree with Srinivasan, it would be useful to get reviews on other hosting platforms.
I have 100 domains on Godaddy and i can say that this company is very reputable.:`”
There’s no doubt that GoDaddy are a reputable company. However, their webhosting packages are not as good as those from other webhosts (you pay more for less). And their customer support leaves a lot to be desired (I speak from personal experience). GoDaddy is my domain registrar of choice though for .coms and .nets (.org domains are $5 cheaper elsewhere) because their coupons allow you to pick up a .com for about $7.70. Transferring a domain to another owner is easy too (if someone buys one of your domains). GoDaddy also run domain auctions and sell expired domains at http://www.tdnam.com and domains bought there are automatically transferred to your GoDaddy account, making the whole process simple and painless.
Here you only write about GoDaddy but I saw on your sales page that JustHost was also not recommended. Could you say more about them please as I use them and I want to know if it’s make or break as I intend to buy SB Elite. Thank you.
I’ve never used JustHost myself but one customer did use them and had nothing but trouble with them. Some webhosts are just not suitable for anything other than basic HTML sites because they can’t provide the necessary resources, backup, technical support or customer care. GoDaddy falls into this category. JustHost appears to as well (though I’m only going on anecdotal evidence). I have read some bad things about JustHost in various forums – not related to SiteBuilder Elite but to running blogs on their webservers. If you have a hosting account with another webhost, use that for building SiteBuilder Elite sites or WordPress blogs.
The webhosts I recommend (because they’re tried and tested with SBE are): Hostgator, Hostmonster, Bluehost and Heroehost.
Also Godaddy’s “unlimited” plan server resources are grossly lacking. You will use up your limited 512 RAM and your site will experience outages & overages. And crawl to dead stop speeds.