To call this battle a fight of titans would be an understatement. Both SiteGround and GoDaddy are immensely popular services, counting huge users bases and millions of dollars in profit. They are rivals in the truest sense of the word, trying to lure the customers away from each other. In this test, we will see - which one of the two providers is better. In order to do that, we will test their prices, features, ease of use, and finally - performance. Let's start the SiteGround vs GoDaddy testing!
Think GoDaddy is expensive? Wait for SiteGround!
In this part, we will compare how do the plans of these providers differ in price. The logic is simple - the cheaper, the better. Yet you also need to look into what those plans offer as well as the renewal and monthly prices. So let's get to it.
Pretty plain and simple. SiteGround has never pretended to be cheap and that sure shows. Both starting and renewal prices are higher than the ones of GoDaddy. In addition to that, GoDaddy also offers you a 10-year introductory plan, so you may not worry about additional payments until 2028. GoDaddy isn't cheap either but it's definitely better.
To be fair to SiteGround, it offers a yearly package - and GoDaddy doesn't. Yet don't let that distract you from the fact SiteGround will ask for way more of your money in the long run. It's also worth noticing that many features SiteGround offers free, such as an advanced SSL certificate, has to be paid if you're using GoDaddy. Often, the prices add together and SiteGround actually manages to offer a better deal.
It's also worth noticing that many features SiteGround offer for free, such as an advanced SSL certificate. It has to be paid for if you're using GoDaddy. Often, the prices add together and SiteGround actually manages to offer a better deal. Yet for a basic user, the winner is clear...
SiteGround is jam-packed with amazing features
It comes without saying - good features maketh good host. That includes security add-ons, disks used in servers and many other important things. Also - it's time to tackle the upselling issue I've raised just earlier. Let's see how the round 2 of SiteGround vs GoDaddy goes:
GoDaddy has a top-class website builder and offers significantly more disk space for your puppy pictures. That aside, SiteGround tries to prove the fees it commands for the services. Free SSL with every plan, added malware and DDoS protection and blazingly fast SSD disks combine for a terrific package. Similar upgrades will cost you extra in GoDaddy. There are other things that swing the pendulum in the favor of SiteGround. For example, both website transfers and restores are free - unlike in GoDaddy, which commands fees for assisted transfer. And even though GoDaddy website builder is really good, SiteGround is not far away. While its Weebly website builder doesn't have many templates pre-installed, there are plenty of third-party designs you can choose from.
The final point to SiteGround comes because of its auto-installer applications. With over 300 programs to choose from, it is our undisputed champion in that regard. The winner of this round of GoDaddy vs SiteGround is simple.
Both SiteGround and GoDaddy are easy to use
In the third round of Siteground vs GoDaddy, I will look into another important thing, which is ease of use. This part of the review covers multiple things: the difficulty of the registration process, quality of customer support, and contents of the knowledge base as well as the control panel.
SiteGround and its legendary customer support jump out almost immediately. Covering all main bases - tickets, chat and phone, the Bulgarian company is the leader in both speeds and quality. Even though GoDaddy offers no genuine ticket support and chats may be difficult to start, its phone service is also absolutely brilliant. If that is your favorite form of communication, GoDaddy can be just a good as SiteGround.
Elsewhere, GoDaddy does just a little bit better. Easier purchase process, more international payment options, and a big community make this a very pleasant hosting provider to use. Overall, it's difficult to say which host has the edge. While SiteGround offers terrific customer support, there are a few things GoDaddy may just be slightly better at. SiteGround might have the edge but it is so minuscule, there is only one logical outcome...
This time around, it's a TIE!
Little details decide HUGE things
This is it - the Big One. In the finale of this GoDaddy vs SiteGround review, we will see their performance. Naturally, this is an incredibly important part. After all, a dollar extra spent or a gigabyte less is perfectly fine if you're getting amazing response times! They are important not only for your visitors but for the website's SEO rankings as well! This is why we're going to take a serious look at the response times of the WordPress websites we put in the hosts' servers. In addition to that, we will also see just how often do the hosts go down. The less they go down, the better.
Currently, both hosts are tied. GoDaddy is cheaper than SiteGround - but the latter dominates when it comes to the features you get for your money. This part is going to decide the winner.
As you can see, the response times are quite similar. Really, the only noticeable problem is that GoDaddy has common dips in performance. They lead to the website's response time going up to several seconds. That aside, both hosts perform fairly evenly and also quite well - yet SiteGround has the upper hand here.
This leads to the next trial: the downtimes. Here they are:
39 minutes total downtime is a genuine problem. GoDaddy website appears to be having some problems - the software which tracks its performance shows several outages a month. They are usually not long but can still sometimes extend to half an hour or so.
SiteGround is not without sin as well but usually, the downtimes happen once every few weeks and so far have never exceeded ten minutes. Much better.
Now, let's hear from our favorite hosting performance tool - BitCatcha. This software loads the page on various worldwide servers and gives a mark on how each host performs globally - on both low and high upkeep. Here are the ratings:
BitCatcha rating for SiteGround – A for low upkeep, B for high upkeep.
BitCatcha rating for GoDaddy – A for low upkeep, B for high upkeep.
Even as usual. The fight has been fairly close once again but downtime and response time spiking problems set GoDaddy back.
WINNER: SiteGround offers better performance!
This battle has been really close but a multitude of little things have decided a winner. While cheaper, GoDaddy doesn't include all that much in its plans. Adding extra features to match SiteGround packages almost completely diminishes the low entry price.
We can't decide the winner of SiteGround vs GoDaddy by comparing ease of use, as it is brilliant with both hosts. Great control panels and a simple purchase process is going to guarantee that your experience with either of these two providers is going to be great. Finally, the performance. Both SiteGround and GoDaddy are good in that regard but SiteGround offers more stable speeds and brilliant uptimes. Therefore...