GoDaddy is a really popular web hosting, domain registration and email hosting company. They have become popular only because of their massive marketing budget. GoDaddy, as a company, is not at all good. They have several issues like:
- Slow, overloaded servers
- Limited server resources
- Expensive plans
- They upsell at every step
- Their support is there only to upsell you products that you don’t even need
- Frequent downtime
- Controversial things done by the CEO
- Controversial Ads
- …and the list goes on
Honestly, whatever GoDaddy sells in 2021, you will get those same things at other places at a much cheaper price and also, the quality will be much better. After reading these reasons, if you still want to go with GoDaddy, then check out this post – How to Set-up GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting. If you want some great GoDaddy alternatives, then read on.
Here are some of the best GoDaddy alternatives:
(Click on the links to check out their reviews)
You might be wondering, why there is no SiteGround on the list? In short, they have drastically degraded. To know more about them, read this post – My SiteGround Horror Story.
Hostinger has arguably the best cost-to-performance ratio of all the hosts mentioned here. In fact, this website is hosted on Hostigner! Hostinger is a European host which started operating back in 2004. Over the past few years, they have grown drastically. Their main attraction is the use of LiteSpeed servers which make sure that your website’s performance stays top notch even during traffic spikes. Below I have listed down their shared hosting plans:
You have 7 countries to choose from for hosting your website. They also have cloud hosting plans which can handle very heavy traffic with even lower latency. The plans start at $9.99/month. For comparison, GoDaddy’s basic plan starts from $6.99 (which has far fewer features and much worse performance compared to Hostinger).
On the support side, Hostinger has tons of articles regarding troubleshooting your WordPress site. If that doesn’t help you out, you can take help from them via their 24×7 live chat support. For comparison, GoDaddy has a faster agent connect time and they also have phone support (which Hostinger misses out on). But, the quality of support is far better of Hostinger compared to GoDaddy.
If you are after a great GoDaddy alternative host which doesn’t cost you an arm and leg, then Hostinger will be the best choice for you.
DreamHost is one of the oldest hosts still operating. It was founded in 1996. Since then, it has grown drastically and currently serves millions of sites. It is also officially recommended by WordPress.org.
They offer pretty good plans at low prices. Their shared hosting plans start at $2.59/month (which again, offers much better features at a much less price compared to GoDaddy, and also, their hosting quality is much better than GoDaddy).
DreamHost has their servers only in the US. So, if your customers are not from the US, then using a CDN is highly recommended. DreamHost also offers VPS hosting, Cloud hosting and Dedicated hosting.
On their support side, they have a huge knowledgebase of support articles. They also have 24×7 live chat support.
WPEngine is one of the premium WordPress hosting providers. It was founded in 2010. Many popular websites use WPEngine as their hosting provider. Yes, they are expensive from the rest but the cost is justified due to their use of GCP and AWS and also due to their support staff being really proficient in server and WordPress management. Their plans start at $25/month and goes all the way upto $291/month.
They have servers in every continent and if you get a custom plan with them, then you will get even more server locations via AWS. They also provide free CDN (upto 1TB/month) via StackPath.
They have a knowledgebase for solution to any problem you might face and if the problem is not covered there, you can contact them 24×7 via live chat, phone call, or tickets.
These are the best GoDaddy alternatives for every budget and use case. If you have any queries or suggestions, please let me know in the comments down below.