Picking the right hosting platform can be daunting. It isn’t the sexiest topic, and at face value there’s little to separate the top providers. Is there any real difference between SiteGround and GoDaddy? Does it matter which I go with?
Yes, and yes. There’s more to hosting than meets the eye. Different sites have different needs, and different hosting providers specialize in different things. Getting the right provider for you can save you a world of trouble in the long run.
GoDaddy and SiteGround come in 3rd and 4th in our comparative research, scoring 83% and 78% respectively. So rest assured both are quality services. If you want the differences in brief: GoDaddy focuses more on everyday users; SiteGround’s technical prowess is higher, but so is its prices.
Pros of SiteGround
- Recommended by WordPress for WordPress hosting
- Super customer support
Cons of Siteground
- One of the the pricier providers out there
Pros of GoDaddy Hosting
- All-in-one convenience of hosting, website building, and domain registration
- 99.98% up time
Cons of GoDaddy Hosting
- Steeper pricing than most of its competitors
For a more in-depth breakdown, read on. We’ll explore everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision on which provider is right for you.
There are more features at play in hosting than just ‘hosting’, believe it or not. Uptime, diskspace, domain management and more play into a strong service.
As major forces in the market, both SiteGround and GoDaddy are feature-rich. In terms of performance there’s little to separate them. Uptimes of 99.98% and 99.97% respectively is superb, equating to only a few hours of downtime a year.
Where features are concerned, though, you can see below that the two are hardly identical.
Both use the industry standard cPanel control panel, and both provide functional-though-not-terribly-attractive dashboards. SiteGround’s comparatively meagre disk space of 10GB is an eyebrow raiser, but bear in mind most sites get nowhere near their caps anyway.
GoDaddy isn’t just a hosting company — they operate in domain registration and website building as well. Because of this they can include features for free that SiteGround needs to add on top. Hosting plans with GoDaddy come with a free domain and a fairly sophisticated website builder. Handy if you want everything in one place.
For website building, SiteGround integrates SiteBuilder, which is functional but far from the best out there. If, however, you plan to use more advanced content management systems like WordPress or Drupal, SiteGround’s integration is superb.
SiteGround targets its business at more resource intensive sites, offering custom ‘Enterprise’ plans for those with monthly budgets of $2000+ to play around with. If you’re in that bracket, our warmest congratulations. If not, our sympathies.
Verdict: SiteGround is a better fit for large, resource-intensive sites. It has more powerful and technical features than GoDaddy. But GoDaddy has domain registration and website building all included. This all-in-one convenience can’t be found in SiteGround, and gives GoDaddy the edge overall.
According to WordPress.org, considered by many to be the leading authority on WordPress.org, Bluehost, Dreamhost, and Siteground are “some of the best and brightest of the hosting world.” We’re not going to argue otherwise (though we do think Bluehost is the pick of the bunch).
The proof’s in the pudding. SiteGround manages WordPress updates for you, as well as providing support for more advanced features like WP-Cli. SiteGround also offer one-click install while with GoDaddy it takes up to 24 hours to take effect. It’s a minor difference in the grand scheme of things, but it does highlight how much more seriously SiteGround takes WordPress hosting. GoDaddy ticks all the essential boxes, but it doesn’t go the extra mile like SiteGround does.
All this said, GoDaddy’s WordPress plans are a lot cheaper than SiteGround’s are, and for basic sites that’s all that really matters. Once a simple WordPress site is up and running it’s almost immaterial who you’re hosting with.
Verdict: SiteGround wins the “best for WordPress” title. Recommended as one of the top three web hosting providers by WordPress itself, GoDaddy just can’t compete with SiteGround here. SiteGround is more expensive than GoDaddy, but offers one-click installation, advanced features, and automatic updates.
Given SiteGround’s technical focus, it makes sense that they’d have superior support to GoDaddy. Both offer phone and chat support, as well as comprehensive knowledge centers.
Where SiteGround stands apart is tech tickets, which allow you to receive personalized professional support for any issues you’re having.
Tickets is a really useful option to have for for finicky technical issues, and SiteGround’s 10-minute reply guarantee is a doozy.
Verdict: SiteGround wins. Both offer a wide range, from knowledge centers to phone help, but SiteGround beats GoDaddy with its ticket option for tech support. With a guaranteed response time of 10 minutes, GoDaddy didn’t stand a chance against SiteGround’s speedy support.
Comparing the pricing of two providers like SiteGround and GoDaddy can be tricky as they’re ultimately targeting different people. Starter plans with both are super affordable — just $2 or $3 for shared hosting.
As you can see below, it’s when you move up the plans that the differences become apparent.
Shared hosting is the cheapest plan offered by both GoDaddy and SiteGround. SiteGround’s $3.95 – $11.95 a month plan provides enough features to support up to 10,000 monthly visitors. GoDaddy’s $2.49 – $19.99 a month plan includes a free domain.
|Shared Hosting||$3.95 – $11.95||$2.49 – $19.99|
|WordPress Hosting||$3.95 – $11.95||$3.99 – $13.99|
|VPS Hosting||–||$17.99 – $39.99|
|Dedicated Hosting||$269 – $729||$69.99 – $129.99|
|Cloud Hosting||$80 – $240||–|
SiteGround plans are built for more strain than GoDaddy’s. We’re talking hundreds of thousands of visitors a month, millions even. New sites don’t need that infrastructure. Frankly, most established sites don’t either. GoDaddy’s plans scale up much more gently, which we think is a plus where pricing is concerned.
Whenever we look at pricing, we think it’s worth being clear that what you’re seeing is the bear minimum of each plan — no addons, locked in for as long as three years. Throw in a couple of features, or sign up for a shorter contract, and you can expect to pay at least a couple of dollars more each month.
Both providers offer 30-day money-back guarantees, so there’s very low risk of getting tied into a contract that doesn’t serve your needs.
Verdict: GoDaddy offers better value for money than SiteGround. But it depends on the customer! GoDaddy’s price plans are more affordable than SiteGround’s, with generally lower prices. If you’re a bigger site then SiteGround’s prices reflect a higher performance level for long-term growth.
It’s a little trickier with these two. When two hosting providers are competing for the same type of business it’s fairly simple working out which is better, but when they’re as different as SiteGround and GoDaddy the question really lies with you.
They’re both excellent providers, just be sure they’re excellent for you.
Is SiteGround or GoDaddy better for my WordPress site?
Definitely SiteGround. WordPress themselves recommend SiteGround as one of the best hosting providers for WordPress websites. One-click installation, automatic updates and support for more advanced features all show how SiteGround goes that extra mile for its WordPress users.
GoDaddy is cheaper than SiteGround, but we think it’s worth paying extra for SiteGround’s special treatment.
The top recommended hosting provider is Bluehost – check out our SiteGround vs Bluehost comparison to find out which one you should pick.
If you want to see other options for hosting your WordPress site, check out our article on the Best WordPress Hosting Provider, or read our full SiteGround Review for a better look at its WordPress features.
Is SiteGround or GoDaddy better for a small business?
GoDaddy is better suited for smaller businesses. It has more affordable price plans because it’s aimed more at everyday users.
SiteGround has a bigger focus on larger and more developed sites. It has more technical capabilities and better support, but this is reflected in its prices which may put off a small business on a budget.
If you want to find out the top three providers for your small business, read our review of the Best Web Hosting for Small Businesses to find your perfect match.
Are SiteGround and GoDaddy the best hosting providers?
SiteGround and GoDaddy are both leading brands which have earned their reputations. But when we carried out research on the best hosting providers, they didn’t come right at the top of the list.
See our breakdown of the top three in our review of the Best Web Hosting Providers to see how GoDaddy compares to its competitors. If you want a real head to head then dive into either our HostGator vs GoDaddy comparison, or our SiteGround vs HostGator review.
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