jappler recommends: do not use godaddy.com for hosting.

Over the past few months I have had the chance to look at a number of hosting companies and their “control panels” by working with a number of clients. It seems as a number of people flock to godaddy.com because of it’s price (really cheap), but I have learned – once again – that you get what you pay for. If you want to have a very simple 1-5 page static web site, go for it – use whatever host you want. If you want anything else, after working with over 20 hosting companies, I can easily say that I would not go with godaddy.com. Why?

  • The admin area (control panel) is horrible in general. Not intuitive at all.
  • No backup on demand (or scheduled) available
  • Working with .htaccess files is a pain – as they do not work right away, there is a “wait time”.
  • The admin area (control panel) is slow and sometimes even times out
  • Free support is almost non-existent
  • Creating a database is not instantaneous
  • Paid support (talk to someone) is a joke (at least in my experience)
  • I am not alone in my recommendation

I could go on, but I have a busy day ahead of me. What would I recommend? First of all, I have found that working with cPanel is very nice and easy to use control panel. After that, there are a number of good and bad hosts you can weed through. Personally, I have had excellent uptime and support from Liquid Web, but anything is almost better than the godaddy.com hosting.

2 thoughts on “jappler recommends: do not use godaddy.com for hosting.”

  1. Ken

    Rackspace has no equal when it is time for you to move to a dedicated server. Expensive, but the cream of the crop.

  2. jenz

    Yeah – I have heard nothing but great things about Rackspace! Unfortunately, there are tons of garbage hosts out there too.

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