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SiteGround vs GoDaddy: Which is Best For Your WordPress Site?10 min read

You are here which means you are stuck choosing between SiteGround and GoDaddy, wondering which one you should go with. Is it? Choosing the right hosting service provider is very crucial and you need to know several things about your hosting service provider. Here we’ll make a comparison between SiteGround vs GoDaddy and understand which one you should choose to go with and why.

SiteGround and GoDaddy are two of the leading hosting service providers right now. Both are in the market for a long time with a great number of customers in their portfolio. But are they any good as they claim to be so? Without further ado let’s dig in to find out the right hosting service provider between SiteGround and GoDaddy.


SiteGround vs GoDaddy: Defining The Rivals

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SiteGround is one of the leading and well-known hosting service providers. It is also one out of three hosts officially recommended by WordPress. Not only WordPress, but it also can be integrated with Joomla and Drupal. Its user’s database has been significantly growing over the past few years. 

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On the other hand, GoDaddy is another strong and reliable hosting service provider. Let me tell you, it is the same hosting provider powering 6.8% of total websites in the world. It can be easily integrated with WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. In fact, GoDaddy is so popular that it is widely known to almost everyone. But is it really worth its popularity? We will find out in this comparison.

Features Comparison Table

Also, if you don’t have enough time to go through the whole content, just follow the below comparison table and pick one from both the platforms.

For BeginnersYesYes
Site transferFreeFree
Free SSL certificate and CDNYesYes (in the premium plan)
SecurityBest in classThird-party security
Loading Speed1-2 seconds4-5 seconds
Renewal PricingUp to 3 timesAffordable
Malware scansSiteGround’s “HackAlert” is free of cost.In-built catchers
PricingLittle ExpensiveAffordable
Customer SupportExcellentAverage
Money-back guarantee30 Days30
Control PanelcPanelcPanel
Disk SpaceLimitedUnlimited (limited in the basic plan)
Overall Rating(out of 10)86

So, as per the comparison table, SiteGround is a winner over GoDaddy. But let’s see under what circumstances GoDaddy is a better choice.

GoDaddy vs SiteGround: Key Features Comparison in Brief

Uptime Guarantee

SiteGround promises a 99.99% uptime guarantee, and it’s average is actually closer to what it promises. Its average uptime is near about 99.9% as per experts and many users. Thanks to some advanced features like SSD, CDN, and PHP 7.4, which makes it reliable in the long-term run.

Talking about GoDaddy which is also equipped with similar features as SiteGround. But in terms of speed, it falls behind SiteGround. On average it gives an uptime guarantee of 99.2% as per experts and online reviews. 

In terms of reliability, SiteGround is obviously more reliable than GoDaddy. If you have a business website then you can’t take the risk of downtime of your website.

Loading Speed

You know that if the loading speed is more than 4 seconds, 85% of your users will leave your website. So, imagine the value of the response time of a website. 

In terms of loading speed, SiteGround secures position one with an average loading speed of 1.25 seconds. All credit goes to its in-built supercacher, SSD Storage, PHP 7.4, and CDN which helps in reducing unwanted things on the website and helps in increment of loading speed.

While on the other hand, GoDaddy also comes with an inbuilt cacher. You can’t integrate it with plug-ins like W3 caches and WP Rocket.  After being tested by many experts, it’s average time is about 3-4 seconds. While scrolling through online forums & social media groups, I have found that many people complained about website slow loading speed and downtime.

Here, SiteGround is a clear winner over its rival with a great margin. 

User Interface and Security Standards

SiteGround has in-built site tools that provide you full customization so you can smoothly perform all the tasks. GoDaddy comes with cPanel and uses the latest version of PHP which also makes it effective and user-friendly. Here we see both on an equal stage but the main difference comes when we talk about security measures.

If we talk about security, both offer free CDN but if talking about free SSL certificate, SiteGround offers it with each plan whereas GoDaddy offers it with only premium plans.

Customer Support Service

SiteGround has done well in this part by putting knowledgeable and trained people in helping customers. They are available 24/7 through a chat and ticket system. You mostly get a reply within 10 minutes. 

GoDaddy also offers live chat, ticket, and phone system to resolve your issues. They claim to be the best support service in the hosting industry. They have a lot of articles that might be helpful. But many users have said that they have waited for minutes (more than ten) to get their problem attended and the solution is not even satisfactory.

So, as per customer reviews, SiteGround is a clear winner here over GoDaddy.

GoDaddy vs SiteGround: Plans & Pricing

SiteGround Plans

It offers three plans – from basic to advanced. You can choose up as per your requirement.

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Startup Plan

It is the basic plan which costs $6.99 monthly. It includes unlimited sub and parked domains, free email account, 10 GB of web storage, hosting for one site, friendly site tools, free CDN with each account, and anti-hack system with spam protection and daily backup, free SSH and SFTP access, and super cacher of level 1 only. You will also get options for customized server setup and HTTP/2 enabled servers. It’s a startup plan. If your business is just launching you can choose this and later upgrade as per your requirements.

GrowBig Plan

This plan comes up with a price tag of $9.99 monthly and the most recommended plan for users who are having a hard time deciding. Some features of this plan remain the same as the Startup plan like unlimited sub and parked domains, free email account, friendly site tools, free CDN with each account, and anti-hack system with spam protection and daily backup, free SSH and SFTP access. What you get more is 20 GB of storage, 25000 monthly visits, unlimited hosted websites, super cacher at all 3 levels, advanced on-demand backup, and staging. 

GoGreek Plan

Here comes the last and premium plan offered by SiteGround hosting which costs $14.99 monthly. If you require more traffic and more data i.e. you have an e-commerce inventory or large data infrastructure, this plan is for you. It includes all the features of the Startup plan and GrowBig plan. What it offers more is 40 GB of storage with 10000 monthly visits. It also includes advanced priority support, white-label hosting & client management, and pre-installed Git. 

Note: All plans mentioned above are for WordPress web hosting.

SiteGround Cloud Hosting Plans

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In cloud hosting plans SiteGround offers Entry, Business, Business Plus, Super Power plans prices at $80/month, $120/month, $160/month, and $240/month respectively.

GoDaddy Plans

GoDaddy offers four plans for WordPress hosting which are as follows:

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Basic Plan

It is recommended to beginners as it is a basic plan. It costs $6.99 per month. With this pack, you get 30GB storage, up to 25k monthly visits, easy site migration, automatic daily malware scan, website backup, free CDN, one-click migration tool, and free business email for one year. 

Deluxe Plan

The second plan comes with a price tag of $9.99 per month and is an upgrade to the startup plan in which you get all the basic plan features and what you get additional is 75 GB storage, website migration, free CDN, 100k visitors, and SEO optimizer.

Ultimate Plan

It is the most popular plan of GoDaddy which comes with a free SSL certificate. You’ve to pay $12.99 per month to avail this plan. It comes with a lot of premium features like unlimited storage, unlimited visitors, unlimited malware scan and hack repair, and all other features of the deluxe plan.

eCommerce Plan

And now comes the last and bigger plan which is priced at $15.99 per month. It is an e-commerce plan – more targeted with the use of WooCommerce. It includes the same features as the Ultimate Plan plus free access to $3000 of woocommerce extensions, no transaction fee, unlimited products, appointment scheduling, and real-time shipping rates.

GoDaddy VPS Hosting Plans

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There are a total of three types of plans in VPS hosting.  These are 1 vCPU, 2 vCPU, 4vCPU, and 8v CPU. And the prices are $4.99, $19.99, $39.99 and $69.99 per month respectively.

Dedicated hosting

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Dedicated hosting plans offer two storage drives, one is HDD, and the other is SSD NVMe. One can choose from according to their convenience. HDD capacity plan starts with $129.99 per month and the SSD Storage plan starts with $139.99 per month.

GoDaddy vs SiteGround: Pros & Cons

GoDaddy Pros

  • 99% uptime guarantee
  • 30 days money-back guarantee
  • Free and easy site migration
  • Free domain and one-click WordPress installation.
  • Anytime money-back guarantee
  • Unlimited storage (limited in basic plans)
  • PHP 7 and options to choose between Linux and Windows OS
  • 125+ applications are available with one click.

GoDaddy Cons

  • High renewal rates
  • SSL certificate is not available in higher plans.
  • Upselling add-ons
  • A limited number of monthly visits in basic plans

SiteGround Pros

  • Multiple server locations in the US, Europe, and Asia.
  • 99% of Uptime Guarantee with great page loading speed.
  • Comes with a 30-days money-back guarantee
  • Google cloud infrastructure.
  • Adequate customer support with less response time than other hosting providers 
  • Offers free web hosting migration
  • Free SSL certificate, PHP 7.4, and SSD hosting.

SiteGround Cons

  • Data storage is limited in all plan
  • Pricing is quite high as compared to other hosting platforms
  • Limited numbers of monthly visits

Conclusion: Which One To Go With?

So here comes the final verdict. Which one should you buy? There is no doubt that both SiteGround and GoDaddy are leading hosting service providers with some amazing features and their own pros and cons. As per the above comparison, SiteGround is a winner over GoDaddy in most of the feature comparison tests. If you have time then the best way to find out which one is exactly suitable for you is to test both of them as both come up with a 30 days money-back guarantee. And if you don’t have enough time then I would highly recommend you to go with SiteGround. Believe me, it’s worth buying. If you have any other questions then feel free to ask in the comment section below. I will be happy to help you.

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