Deciding between SiteGround vs. Godaddy?
On Godaddy my websites would go down for no reason while loading slow in Pingdom and other speed testing tools. They suggested I upgrade to their managed WordPress hosting which I did, but within a few days it was just as slow as before with a load time of 5+ seconds. I write WordPress speed optimization guides for a living so I’m positive hosting was the issue.
So what did I do?
After migrating from Godaddy to SiteGround my load time dropped to >1s in Pingdom. This was due to SiteGround’s speed technology which uses NGINX servers, solid state drives, and the fastest ‘stack’ of any WordPress host. I got it down to .4s with the help of WP Rocket and saw a huge difference when clicking through the pages in my navigation menu (give it a whirl).
Having been with both hosting companies I decided to write this SiteGround vs. Godaddy review to show you why in my case (and plenty of others), SiteGround is the clear winner.
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Table Of Contents
- SiteGround vs. Godaddy (Facebook Poll)
- Godaddy’s Servers Can Be Slow
- But… Godaddy’s Support Is Awesome
- SiteGround Is Endorsed By WordPress, Godaddy Is Not
- >1s Load Times After SiteGround Migration
- 100% Uptimes With SiteGround’s GrowBig Plan
- SiteGround Suppor review. This was takenIs Just As Awesome
- They Have Tons Of WordPress Features
- 1-Click Cloudflare Activation
- SiteGround Will Migrate You For Free
- SiteGround Plans: StartUp vs. GrowBig vs. GoGeek
- Winner: SiteGround
1. SiteGround vs. Godaddy (Facebook Poll)
In a recent Facebook poll SiteGround was rated the #1 WordPress host while Godaddy was 5th. I know hosting reviews are infamous for being biased so I try to include a few social media comments if I’m doing a review. This was taken from the WordPress hosting Facebook Group.
When people ask about hosts, it’s usually SiteGround…
- Decent for starter websites
- Tons of products + add-ons
- Support team based in Arizona
- Support is good no matter your plan
- Unlimited bandwidth for traffic spikes
- Largest domain registrar on internet
- Servers are much faster
- Better uptime technology
- Actively involved in WordCamps
- Respected in WordPress community
- Good for people who do their research
- Priority support is best in the industry
- Amazing security with ongoing updates
- SiteGround will migrate you for free
- Access to cPanel demo before buying
- Semi-dedicated hosting is affordable
- Pricing is a bit more expensive
- Limited CPU usage can cause website to get shut down temporary, but can often easily be fixed by removing bad plugins or enabling Cloudflare + WordPress Heartbeat Control
- Limited disk space can be caused by hosting too many images, plugins, or any files (OK for most websites though)
2. Godaddy’s Servers Can Be Slow
You can minimize plugins, install a cache plugin, and use Cloudflare to improve site speed on Godaddy, but this item is usually present when you test a website on Godaddy’s hosting… you HAVE to rely on your hosting to provide sufficient server resources to yield fast response times. Plus hosting is the #1 thing WordPress recommends in their optimization guide.
A high number of websites on Godaddy have this issue which is 1 indicator their hosting is slow. While they do use SSDs (solid state drives) which is listed on their WordPress hosting page, SiteGround speed technology is far superior with SSD, NGINX servers, PHP7 and other specs. They CLEARLY list these on their speed technology page because it’s the best stack.
Godaddy customers aren’t happy about their slow load times…
3. But… Godaddy’s Support Is Awesome
I’m not going to bash Godaddy on everything because their support is actually awesome. Last time I checked their main office was based in Arizona (I remember talking with them on behalf of clients multiple times) and they were always extremely helpful and spoke fluent English.
4. SiteGround Is Endorsed By WordPress, Godaddy Is Not
5. >1s Load Times After SiteGround Migration
My load time was already pretty fast since I was using a more expensive Godaddy plan, but after migrating to the (cheaper) SiteGround GrowBig plan, it improved around 200%…
Average load time on SiteGround is 1.3s…
What happened when other people migrated…
6. 100% Uptimes With SiteGround’s GrowBig Plan
7. SiteGround Support Is Just As Awesome
Both SiteGround and Godaddy have amazing support. I already showcased happy Godaddy customers on Twitter, SiteGround’s is just as good (especially if you get their GrowBig or GoGeek plan which come with priority support). Plus SiteGround’s support team is extremely knowledgeable in WordPress… they helped me with tweaking my Wordfence security plugin settings to reduce the amount of server resources it consumes, making my site even faster.
Tickets are usually answered in less than 10 minutes…
Here’s a survey of ticket answer speed with 11 popular hosts…
Happy SiteGround customers…
8. They Have Tons Of WordPress Features
Automatic updates can be activated in the cPanel…
9. 1-Click Cloudflare Activation
Cloudflare is a free service that improves site speed and security. Setting up Cloudflare on Godaddy can be a pain since you have to change nameservers, etc. With SiteGround you can activate in 1-click in your cPanel. Check out the cPanel demo if you want to take it for a spin.
10. SiteGround Will Migrate You For Free
If you’re currently hosted somewhere else, SiteGround will migrate you for free. I had them do this and everything went smoothly. It was completed within 12 hours with minimal downtime.
11. SiteGround Plans: StartUp vs. GrowBig vs. GoGeek
Unless you have $80/month for their cloud hosting or $229/month for a dedicated server, chances are you’re looking at their WordPress hosting plans. The main difference isGrowBig and GoGeek let you can host unlimited sites and they come with more server resources (the main speed factor in hosting). You can see the difference in server resources on the features page under the “we allocate the resources you need” section at the bottom of the page…
Startup ($3.95/month) – StartUp is good for hosting 1 website but lacks speed features and priority support. Still includes SiteGround’s essential features which are better than Godaddy’s (free domain, WordPress autoupdates, daily backups, 4 data centers, 99.99% uptime). All plans come with a free Let’s Encrypt SSL if you’re running an eCommerce website.
GrowBig ($5.95/month) – ability to host multiple websites, more server resources (faster speed), and priority support are the main upgrades with GrowBig. The cache feature is useless considering you can install a cache plugin for free (like W3 Total Cache) which is better than SiteGround’s SG CachePress Plugin. You also get 30 daily backups and 1 year of wildcard SSL.
GoGeek ($11.95/month) – semi-dedicated hosting gives you 4x server resources which makes your site load MUCH faster. SiteGround says GoGeek can be faster than their cloud hosting. Also includes staging so you can create demo sites to test new plugins and code without breaking your real site, PCI compliance for eCommerce, and a backup/restore service provided by SiteGround’s support team if you need it. Includes everything GrowBig has.
SiteGround’s features page has a full comparison chart…
But if you do decide to go with Godaddy, here are their plans…
At the end of the day, Godaddy’s hosting is for people who want one thing – cheap. And although they made significant improvements in 2013, they’re still not up to par with SiteGround whose speed technology is much more advanced. And if you’re relying on your WordPress site to make a living like I do, sorry 2015 Danica Patrick, but you ain’t for me.
12. Winner: SiteGround
2 years strong baby…
As someone who spent the last 5 years doing WordPress design, speed optimization, and SEO, I have dealt with a LOT of WordPress hosts (to say the least): WP Engine, Godaddy, SiteGround, Bluehost, HostGator, InMotion… let’s just say SiteGround was rated #1 in that Facebook poll for a reason. My load times and uptimes are awesome, support is super helpful (though my site is virtually never down so I don’t speak to them often), and I find myself spending more time writing SEO tutorials than dealing with hosting issues which is awesome!
If You Simply Want a Faster WordPress Site…
Check out my tutorial on WP Rocket and WordPress speed optimization. My speed guide has been used by over 50,000 people with comments like “this might be one of the most helpful blog posts I’ve ever read” from a reader who managed to get 99% page speed scores in GTmetrix. It shows you how to optimize images, configure different cache plugins, activate Cloudflare, MaxCDN, and over 20 different ways to make your WordPress site load faster.
Have Questions? Drop Me A Line – I hope you got a lot out of my SiteGround vs. Godaddy WordPress hosting review. I know choosing a host is tough and there are tons of reviews and biased opinions out there, so if you have questions leave me a comment and I’ll be glad to help.
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