Does GoDaddy have fast WordPress hosting?

Have things turned around at GoDaddy? Or have things gotten worse elsewhere?

Probably a bit of both.

If you’ve followed this site for some time, you’ll know I’m not a GoDaddy hater. That said, I didn’t exactly recommend them either (especially not for hosting WordPress). For domain names, I think they’re actually the best. If a client was there, OK, fine, I get it. They have a help desk where local people pick up the phone and, in my opinion, can be very helpful. They’re also a good one-stop shop, even if most of the services they offer I don’t use, need or, frankly, want. But you dig through their myriad of products thrust in your digital face, you dodge the add-ons and upsells, double check your cart at checkout that you didn’t accidentally buy some service you’re not sure you understand anyway, and it can be an, let’s say, expected experience. You get what you pay for.

You probably don’t know (or terribly care) but my beloved HostGator was recently bought out by some mongo conglomorate that owns, well, most of the hosting companies, it seems. OK, fine, just don’t touch anything! But they did, of course. “Upgrading to new and improved servers!” Uh huh. Downtime, lots of error pages and load times were all over the place.

[box]There are so many hosting options. Why choose GoDaddy? [/box]

I have a zillion hosting accounts all over the place, including a few at GoDaddy. My partner couldn’t believe his ears when I said I was going to move from his reseller account (where my site just happened to be) to GoDaddy. If you’re still reading at this point, you probably know a thing or two about the website hosting world and for a web designer (who also does reseller hosting and know lots about hosting) to move one of his sites that he actually cares about to GoDaddy is, well, hmm, a sign of the times?

I’m going to stop my little rambling hosting techno-geekery here and let the (early) numbers show what I mean. I’ll post back here in the future and check in with how things are doing. But my partner isn’t laughing at me anymore, he’s laughing with me.

I’ve even had a GoDaddy reseller account for some time where I can offer GoDaddy services at a slightly lower price. It’s still all GoDaddy, just just a pretty Likoma header on top. You can check it out at

Shocking, I know. But it knocked my load times in half (from 4 seconds to less than 2).

Shocking, I know. But it knocked my load times in half (from 4 seconds to less than 2).

Things have been stable too. No downtime since the switch. Compare that with spotty, dodgy, and schlockey.

Things have been stable too. No downtime since the switch. Compare that with spotty, dodgy, and schlockey.



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  2. tim November 13, 2013 at 9:44 am - Reply

    hmmm, hmmmmm. I love godaddy for domains, per you past recommendations. But i hate calling them because as helpful as they are i always get the full court press on how i should move all my account over to them. ugh.

    That said I have loved hg, per your recommendation and have loved their online chat help, but was so disappointed to learn of their sale, (is nothing sacred?). Now I am scrambling to update a myriad of ip address.

    However the silver lining is i have excuse to contact old clients and let them know i am still around, “networking”

    • Bradley Charbonneau November 13, 2013 at 11:25 am - Reply

      You have to know how to, “Just Say No.” with GoDaddy. No, I don’t need all of those little products and service, I just need (1) domain, (2) hosting and, optional, (3) email. If you can stick with that, you’ll be OK.

      It was a bummer that Gator got gobbled up. I’m also changing dozens of IP addresses as they migrate stuff. Ugh.

  3. Bill Watt November 19, 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply


    Were you on our new shared hosting with cPanel and an installed WordPress? Would you be willing to test out our new Managed WordPress offering? It is built from the ground up to be a fast, safe and reliable platform. I can also promise to add it to your account without any up sell. :-)


    • Bradley Charbonneau November 19, 2013 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Hi Bill,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      No, I’m pretty sure it’s just an old “Deluxe Hosting” account that I’ve had forever. Just added a new domain and hosting to the account.

      So you really have cPanel now? That seems so different from the GoDaddy of the past with your proprietary admin / control panel area! Over the years I’ve gotten used to it. ;-)

      Sure, I’d be happy to test out a Managed WordPress offering, but are you talking about something like this Managed Hosting I see on your site? Or are you talking about a new offering for WordPress hosting? I ask because there is quite the difference in price! $7/mo. vs. $245/mo.

      Thanks again for the note, Bill!

  4. Mike Bovich November 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Disclosure: I work for GoDaddy and lead a large chunk the Hosting dev org.

    Thanks for the positive review. Nice to see our hard work appreciated.

    We’ve done a lot to speed up our services and increase reliability across the board. In particular, we just rolled out a re-vamped Hosting product line based around cPanel (Linux) and Plesk (Windows). If you haven’t tried the new platforms, the numbers are even better.

    Lots more changes to come. If you want to discuss more, reach out. I love talking about the cool things we’ve got brewing.

    • Bradley Charbonneau November 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Aha, so it’s true! Things have sped up! Great to hear the news from the source, Mike.

      I haven’t yet tried out your new cPanel but will next time I’m setting up a new site for a client.

  5. tim December 12, 2013 at 9:11 am - Reply

    glad i revisited this discussion. I have had very tempting offers from gd everytime i have had to contact them. ie: “we will transfer everything over to us, no mess, no fuss”

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