Web Hosting Reviews Driven by Data, Not Dollars

I'm disgusted with fake webhosting "reviews." Since 2014, I've been tracking the results of real-life performance tests for downtime, speed & support at the world's most popular web hosting companies. You'll be shocked by the results...

GoDaddy Performance Review

GoDaddy claims to have fast, secure, and reliable hosting. They were created in 1999 and now host over a million websites. They have data centers throughout the US, primarily in Arizona.

I have purchased a hosting plan on GoDaddy and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here's the plan information I chose:

Plan NameDeluxe Linux Hosting with cPanel
Disk SpaceUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money-Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

Page Speed Test Results

This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better. Learn more about the Page Speed Test.

GoDaddy (full benchmark) performs stellar in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.05 seconds. Its best run was 0.31 s, but has been as bad as 37.97 s. GoDaddy's most recent result on Jul 21 was 2.64 seconds. GoDaddy consistently has very fast page load speeds. I'm attributing this to the fact that they have a stellar Hosting Optimization team, headed by Dave Koopman. He actually reached out to me after seeing this site to not only give me kudos for doing this, but offer additional testing resources (which at the moment I am not using). Regardless, he's pretty passionate about their hosting performance and their stats prove it.

Let's see if GoDaddy is consistent in its page speed stats:

Uptime Test Results

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better. Learn more about the Uptime Test.

GoDaddy (full benchmark) performs incredibly in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.96 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 94.72 %. GoDaddy's most recent result on Jul 20 was 100.00 percent. GoDaddy has shown rocky uptimes when you first start hosting with them, however after a month things become pretty stable. Their tech team reached out to me to explain that they think it only happens when new customers get added to the server and apache needs to restart - and after the server is full it does not need to reload as often. The stats I've collected seem to support this theory, and they claim they're working on a solution.

Let's see if GoDaddy is consistent in its uptime stats:

Support Response Test Results

This test measures how quickly the host's support team responds to your request. Lower is better. Learn more about the Support Response Test.

GoDaddy (full benchmark) performs impressively in the Support Response test, with an average result of 0.1 hours. Its best run was 0.1 h, but has been as bad as 0.3 h. GoDaddy's most recent result on Mar 2016 was 0.1 hours. GoDaddy is the only host that doesn't offer email support. At first I thought this horrendous - I waiting on hold on the phone. But from the times I've called, they're usually pretty quick to get to me. I'm okay with their customer service.

Let's see if GoDaddy is consistent in its support response stats:

GoDaddy Versus Other Hosts

If you're trying to decide between GoDaddy and another host, here's are some specific comparisons that will show you the differences in detail:

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