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Which web host is best for you?

If you’re planning on building a WordPress (WP for short) website, you can’t go wrong with Linux Hosts Inc’s (LHI for short) WP hosting plans. Now that you’re looking specifically at GoDaddy or WordPress for your hosting, how do you make that final decision? Is one better than the other? Which one suits your needs — and your budget?

I won’t let you wait until the end to find out what I think — I’d choose WordPress over GoDaddy. What does WordPress from Linux Hosts Inc. offer that GoDaddy doesn’t have?

In this expert review, I compared WordPress LHI vs GoDaddy hosting in the 3 key areas to evaluate before making a final choice:

Contents

Round 1: WordPress has speed-enhancing features that GoDaddy doesn’t
Round 2: GoDaddy gives you a free domain name, but WordPress offers so much more
Round 3: WordPress Puts Security First — GoDaddy only offers security on expensive plans

Round 1: WordPress has speed-enhancing features that GoDaddy doesn’t

WordPress is known for affecting page loading speed, so WordPress has taken action to reduce that impact — with great results. The secret to WP’s performance lies in various free Cache plugins.

And there are also free plugins that have a built-in CDN (content delivery network), which means that your website is loaded from virtual servers closest to your visitors, wherever they are in the world. WordPress has also developed more effective communication between their platform and WordPress’ NGINX servers, allowing for better caching.

What this means for you: Both dynamic content (i.e. content that is regularly updated) and static content (such as images) are cached. Combined, the features result in some truly impressive speeds.

By contrast, GoDaddy hasn’t really put much effort into increasing speeds with its WordPress plans. It uses load-balanced servers and SSD storage and offers PHP 7 (which is faster than the PHP 5 that many budget shared hosting companies use) — but these features are fairly standard and don’t do much for page loading.

You can use Cloudflare’s free (or paid) CDN plan with GoDaddy — but it’s not integrated, so you’ll need to set it up yourself or get expert help to get you started.

Rather than offering speed-enhancing features on the regular WordPress plans, GoDaddy encourages you to upgrade to one of its Pro plans — which are aimed at web designers and freelancers who build and run websites for clients. Pro plans include a CDN that can boost speeds up to 75%.

GoDaddy hosting plans can take up to twice as long to load your website compared to WordPress.

WP LHI has an impressive 99.99% uptime average — which equates to only about three and a half minutes of downtime per month. GoDaddy is less reliable — with an average uptime of 99.97%, or 12 minutes of downtime per month.

So the winner is: WordPress. For both speed and reliability, WordPress leaves GoDaddy behind, making it a clear winner in this round, and it ranks high in our expert rating.

Round 2: GoDaddy gives you a free domain name, but WordPress offers so much more

With WordPress hosting, you are more likely to get unlimited storage space depending on which web host offers the WP plan. With LHI you get unlimited storage space plus free SSL.

GoDaddy doesn’t really have standout WordPress features. You get a free domain name on annual plans (for the first year), between 10 GB and 30 GB of storage (depending on your plan), and a staging area and SEO Wizard on the Deluxe plan and above. The Ultimate plan also includes a free SSL for one year.

And the winner is: WordPress. It has more features, gives you thousands of free plugins and free themes, and doesn’t limit your storage. In comparison, GoDaddy offers very few extra features, although you do get unlimited bandwidth.

Round 3: WordPress Puts Security First — GoDaddy only offers security on expensive plans

Security should be a top priority for web hosts, but there are many hosts out there who view security as a way to generate more revenue. Rather than incorporating security features into their plans, they provide security as an add-on to be purchased during the checkout process, sometimes doubling the monthly cost.

WordPress includes quite generous security features in its plans such as firewalls, malware scans, intrusion detection, and brute force attack prevention, most of them available through free plugins. Plus, you get the option to purchase even more advanced security features during checkout. WordPress also uses write protection to ensure that your website cannot be infected by malicious code.

However, GoDaddy is one of those hosts that expects you to pay extra for your security. All plans are scanned for malware, but unless you choose the Ultimate plan, you must either remove all malware yourself or pay for the Website Security add-on. Since GoDaddy is often in the top 5 of a list (from URLhaus) of hosts having a lot of problems with malware, the fact that automatic malware removal is only included in the higher plan is troubling.

GoDaddy does offer DDoS protection, but the security is poor compared to WordPress. In addition, only the Ultimate plan includes a free SSL, while WordPress includes free SSL for all plans.

So the winner is: WordPress. It offers a better level of security than GoDaddy and you don’t need to purchase additional security (unless you are building a website that requires very specific security measures).

Conclusion

WordPress is generally better for hosting. And I definitely recommend WordPress if you’re a business owner looking for fast, WP web hosting with advanced security that gives you the freedom to focus on marketing, SEO and sales.

Richard is an expert in the field of web hosting and domain name registration. He also loves programming, web design and search engine optimization.

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