Real Web Hosting Stats

I'm disgusted with fake hosting "reviews." Here are the results of real performance tests I run regularly on top shared hosts.

Is GoDaddy reliable? GoDaddy Uptime Stats

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.

Uptime Test

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better.

I use Pingdom to report website uptime. Pingdom is configured to make an HTTP request to the host every minute, and report if it is unreachable. It'll also report an error if the host takes longer than 30 seconds to respond (Yes, that's not actually down, but if your site takes that long to respond it is unusable in my opinion). Pingdom performs this test from at least 3 servers worldwide, and reports a problem if 2/3 servers do no respond.

This test is important if you are concerned about the reliability of your web host (this is important!)

Measuring uptime with Pingdom

GoDaddy Uptime Test Results

GoDaddy (full benchmark) performs stellar 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 Apr 29 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:

Recent Raw Results for GoDaddy

Date Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
2017-04-29100.000 %0 mins0370 ms
2017-04-28100.000 %0 mins0357 ms
2017-04-2799.722 %4 mins1432 ms
2017-04-26100.000 %0 mins0475 ms
2017-04-25100.000 %0 mins0418 ms
2017-04-24100.000 %0 mins0425 ms
2017-04-23100.000 %0 mins0740 ms
2017-04-22100.000 %0 mins0427 ms
2017-04-21100.000 %0 mins0370 ms
2017-04-20100.000 %0 mins0409 ms
2017-04-19100.000 %0 mins0441 ms
2017-04-18100.000 %0 mins0441 ms
2017-04-1799.792 %3 mins1451 ms
2017-04-16100.000 %0 mins0473 ms
2017-04-15100.000 %0 mins0430 ms
2017-04-14100.000 %0 mins0431 ms
2017-04-13100.000 %0 mins0414 ms
2017-04-12100.000 %0 mins0380 ms
2017-04-11100.000 %0 mins0430 ms
2017-04-10100.000 %0 mins0426 ms
2017-04-09100.000 %0 mins0430 ms
2017-04-08100.000 %0 mins0419 ms
2017-04-07100.000 %0 mins0408 ms
2017-04-06100.000 %0 mins0433 ms
2017-04-05100.000 %0 mins0442 ms
2017-04-04100.000 %0 mins0375 ms
2017-04-03100.000 %0 mins0474 ms
2017-04-02100.000 %0 mins0490 ms
2017-03-29100.000 %0 mins0503 ms
2017-03-28100.000 %0 mins0492 ms
2017-03-27100.000 %0 mins0484 ms
2017-03-26100.000 %0 mins0463 ms
2017-03-25100.000 %0 mins0457 ms
2017-03-24100.000 %0 mins0461 ms
2017-03-23100.000 %0 mins0482 ms
2017-03-22100.000 %0 mins0492 ms
2017-03-21100.000 %0 mins0504 ms
2017-03-20100.000 %0 mins0515 ms
2017-03-19100.000 %0 mins0480 ms
2017-03-18100.000 %0 mins0495 ms
2017-03-17100.000 %0 mins0490 ms
2017-03-16100.000 %0 mins0430 ms
2017-03-15100.000 %0 mins0407 ms
2017-03-14100.000 %0 mins0420 ms
2017-03-13100.000 %0 mins0428 ms
2017-03-12100.000 %0 mins0414 ms
2017-03-11100.000 %0 mins0387 ms
2017-03-10100.000 %0 mins0404 ms
2017-03-09100.000 %0 mins0407 ms
2017-03-08100.000 %0 mins0379 ms
2017-03-07100.000 %0 mins0372 ms
2017-03-06100.000 %0 mins0369 ms
2017-03-05100.000 %0 mins0390 ms
2017-03-04100.000 %0 mins0385 ms
2017-03-03100.000 %0 mins0365 ms
2017-03-0299.931 %1 mins1873 ms
2017-03-01100.000 %0 mins0555 ms
2017-02-28100.000 %0 mins0378 ms
2017-02-27100.000 %0 mins0381 ms
2017-02-26100.000 %0 mins0426 ms
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