Hosting your WordPress website on GoDaddy has been strongly discouraged by me and most of the WordPress consultants I know because GoDaddy WordPress hosting has historically crammed so many accounts on a shared server that your own website performance was mediocre in the best of conditions. But what was worse, was the variability in the page-load performance for your site. But GoDaddy has just introduced a WordPress Managed Hosting plan that may change all that.
Here’s why GoDaddy hosting has been a bad choice for WordPress sites
Since WordPress requires the server to open multiple files AND to do multiple database record lookups and retrievals for each page that is requested, your website performance at any instant in time could be very slow because of activity on the other accounts on that server. You have no control over that. The more accounts on a single server the greater the likelihood that your reader’s request will just have to get into a queue behind requests from other websites.
For any low-cost shared hosting plan like GoDaddy, Bluehost, Hostgator, Fatcow, etc. the business strategy is to cram as many accounts as you can onto a single resource until the performance problems become so great that customers start to leave. At that point you setup another server and put more accounts on that. If you get lucky and are put on the new server early on your performance will be good, but as the number of accounts grows everyone will begin to notice problems again.
Why the new WordPress Managed Hosting plan may be a great choice for a small-business WordPress site.
At the beginning of the year GoDaddy introduced a new hosting plan just for WordPress, they put fewer accounts on the server (how many fewer over time remains to be seen…), they also gave the server more resources, but perhaps more importantly they’ve used a new architecture for the server configuration that is optimized for WordPress. I wrote a guest post the end of last year “Why We Recommend Our Clients Switch Website Hosting To WP Engine“about the hosting service WP Engine that I use for this Hartsook Letter website.
I reviewed the new GoDaddy WordPress Managed Hosting plan when one of my clients signed up for it, and it appears that GoDaddy uses many of the same techniques that WP Engine is using to optimize performance for WordPress websites. WP Engine costs $30/month for a website, GoDaddy charges $6.29! So what’s the difference, what are the Pros and Cons?
- GoDaddy includes email and will also register your domain. WP Engine ONLY hosts WordPress websites, they don’t host email or domain registration which means you need to pay for other accounts somewhere else to handle those.
- Both GoDaddy and WP Engine have basic plans that include just a single website, and upgraded plans that allow more websites.
- WP Engine has a great feature, a one-button staging site that makes a copy of your website for you to experiment on. You can try out new themes, plugins, make CSS changes and if you like what you see, another single button click will replace your current production site with the staging site. GoDaddy does NOT have this feature. If you want to make a staging site you have to manually export your site and move it somewhere else to experiment on, and when you are satisfied with the changes you either have to replicate those on the production site or manually replace the production site with a copy of the staging site.
- Both GoDaddy and WP Engine include enhanced website security and automatic backups for your site so you don’t need to configure additional plugins for that.
- Both GoDaddy and WP Engine will automatically update your WordPress files when updates come out and check to make sure the update doesn’t break your site.
Why I’m going to start recommending the GoDaddy WordPress Managed Hosting plan
If first impressions count for your website, it does make a difference if your page loads in 1 second instead of 4 to 7 seconds. That was why several years ago I chose to move my website to WP Engine. Now it looks like you can get that same performance at 1/4th the cost.
Most of my clients are entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and small non-profit organizations that don’t have a IT department to help keep their website up-to-date and backed-up in case something happens. With managed hosting most of that is included in the plan. There are just fewer things to worry about and the list of site maintenance chores is much shorter.
It sounds like a winner to me… check it out, it looks so promising that I’m starting to recommend it to my clients (if you use my affiliate link to sign up for GoDaddy WordPress Managed Hosting you pay the same price, but I get a small commission that helps me keep my consulting rates lower)