- By Colin Newcomer
- April 14, 2020
Searching for some GoDaddy hosting alternatives for your website?
While GoDaddy is certainly a popular hosting provider, you’ll find mixed reviews when you read how real users feel about GoDaddy.
The hosting space is quite competitive with lots of great options, so there’s no reason to stick around with GoDaddy if you’re unhappy. In fact, you’ll find plenty of hosts that can offer a similar (or better) service for around the same amount of money.
In this post, I’ve collected three of those services.
For each alternative, I’ll also share some thoughts on what it does better than GoDaddy, as well as where it doesn’t quite match up.
Why Consider a GoDaddy Alternative?
By the numbers, GoDaddy is the most popular web hosting provider in the world. While it’s hard to know GoDaddy’s exact market share, BuiltWith puts it at ~18% and Datanyze has it at ~17%. Long story short, a lot of people use GoDaddy.
But there are tons of reasons why a host might be popular (for example, Super Bowl commercials), and popularity alone doesn’t mean quality.
If you look up GoDaddy reviews on Google, you’ll see some troubling similarities between a lot of the negative reviews (of which there are a good number):
- Poor support — in CodeinWP’s 2018 hosting survey of over 800 WordPress users, GoDaddy’s support scored just 3.3 out of 5, which is a lot lower than some similarly-priced hosts. Many users in reviews also complain about poor support.
- Lackluster performance — many GoDaddy users complain about slow page load times or issues with uptime. Page load times are essential, so this is a reason to switch all by itself.
- Lack of features — GoDaddy’s plans lack some features that are common on other similarly-priced providers. For example, GoDaddy doesn’t offer a free SSL certificate on its entry-level plans, whereas all of the alternatives on this list do (as do many other hosts).
If you’ve never experienced issues with any of those things, you might not need to switch. But if you do have complaints in those areas (or anywhere else), I think that you can find better web hosts for a similar price.
That last qualifier is important — in creating this list of alternatives, I tried to look for hosts that can improve on those weak points at a similar price point.
Obviously, if you have the budget for it, you could go with a premium managed WordPress host such as Flywheel, WP Engine, or Kinsta. These three hosts offer a vastly superior product…but they also cost a lot more than GoDaddy, which is why I did not include them on this list.
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WinningWP.