GoDaddy and Hostwinds are both versatile web hosting providers, offering customers a variety of cheap web hosting plans. In the following comparison, we will analyze which is the better one for businesses to go with. Generally speaking, we are to review their hosting prices, features, performance and customer support to get the result.
GoDaddy (www.godaddy.com) is a world’s leading domain name registrar as well as a fast-growing web hosting providers. Up till now, there are totally 17 million people relying on GoDaddy’s products and services to get their ideas online. Shared hosting, business hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, domain name services, website builder, website design, SSL certificates, online marketing, email and Office are offered here.
Hostwinds (www.hostwinds.com) is a is long standing web hosting brand who has near 17 years of experience in serving web hosting to customers. Being a famous cheap web hosting company, Hostwinds now can provide various web hosting plans, including shared business hosting, reseller hosting, cloud hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, SSL certificates, VPN and enterprise email.
GoDaddy vs. Hostwinds on Pricing
GoDaddy and Hostwinds are both famous cheap web hosting companies, and their web solutions are popular among individuals and SMBs. Especially, both companies prepares business optimized web hosting solutions to help small business get online with e-commerce friendly features and environment.
GoDaddy shared hosting Economy is as low as $1/mo only which normally starts at $10.99/mo. So customers can get it after discounting 90% off. What’s more, GoDaddy offers business hosting, which is built on Linux distribution in VPS nodes and the smallest business plan Prime is ideal for fast-growing as well as high-traffic sites. Normally, the Prime starts at $29.99/mo, but now it comes with 33% off discount enabling it starts at $19.99/mo.
Hostwinds normal shared hosting comes with 25% off discount, starting at $3.74/mo instead of $4.99/mo. Its business hosting comes with 25% off discount as well. Normally, its entry-level plan Basic starts at $9.99/mo, but now customers can purchase the Basic by spending $7.49/mo only. Compared with GoDaddy’s business hosting, Hostwinds business hosting is quite cheaper.
What’s more, GoDaddy offers 45 day money back guarantee, and Hostwinds offers 60 day money back guarantee to all customers. Also, the refund policy is more user-friendly than GoDaddy.
GoDaddy vs. Hostwinds on Features
GoDaddy and Hostwinds both not only provide cheap shared hosting and business hosting to help customers get up online easily but also offer VPS and dedicated servers to support fast-growing and high-traffic websites.
GoDaddy shared hosting comes with at least 1 website, 10GB storage, unmetered bandwidth, free Microsoft Office 365 Business email and free domain for annul plan. At Hostwinds, its normal shared hosting includes minimal 1 domain and unlimited bandwidth and disk space. So, to get started with GoDaddy shared hosting comes with more e-Commerce friendly features.
For business hosting, GoDaddy and Hostwinds both make their plans focus on Linux distribution only. At GoDaddy, there are three business hosting packages, namely Prime, Premium and Enterprise. Each one includes different amount of server space to support different business website. Importantly, GoDaddy business hosting is created based on VPS nodes, and it allows easy scalability with one-click upgrade. So, it can always support fast-growing and busy websites.
Prime includes 1GB memory, 1 CPU, 60GB storage, and unmetered bandwidth, websites and databases to support high-traffic website; Premium includes 2GB memory, 120GB storage, 2 CPUs, and unlimited bandwidth, DBs and websites to meet data-heavy website and light eCommerce websites’ needs; Enterprise has 4GB memory, 2 CPUs, 240GB storage, and unlimited bandwidth, DBs and websites to support business listings and advanced eCommerce sites.
Besides, GoDaddy also includes free Microsoft Office 365 Business email for 1 year, and free SSL certificate for 1 year as well. Even better, GoDaddy includes PHP 7.0/7.1 as new feature in all plans. Free 1-year malware removal is available in Enterprise plan. All these are good to boost speed of website and enhance website security. The two are also key to eCommerce websites. Additionally, cPanel is included to help manage e-Commerce sites effortlessly.
About Hostwinds business hosting, the company offers three packages as well, including 1 to unlimited domains, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space, unlimited MySQL DBs, unlimited email accounts, and free dedicated IPs. SSD drives, nightly backups, Softaculous auto-install, and latest cPanel, instant setup, and free website transfer are included in all plans to make it much easier to use.
However, when compared with GoDaddy business hosting, Hostwinds is not the best player in offering guaranteed servers space and more e-Commerce-friendly features like SSL and Office 365. Even better, GoDaddy offers business hosting based on VPS.
GoDaddy vs. Hostwinds on Performance
Being experienced players in the web hosting industry, both companies are confident to their hosting: GoDaddy provides 99.9% uptime guarantee, while Hostwinds offers 99.999% uptime guarantee. We can easily figure out that GoDaddy is not as reliable as Hostwinds business hosting.
GoDaddy offers business hosting based on VPS, which ensure complete isolation and dedicated resources for each user on the physical server. For businesses, it is certainly better to work with. Besides, GoDaddy now are hosting servers in 14 data centers around the world, so customers can easily choose the closest locations to their clients for faster speed. Also, the company integrates SSL, enterprise email services and rich e-Commerce plugins in its business hosting.
As for Hostwinds, the company is using high-performance, fast Litespeed webserver and SSDs to boost 5 times faster speed. Besides, the company claims its uses high-degree redundancy to ensure customer’s website is always in a perfect condition. Two SAS Type II audited data centers with redundant power systems, cooling systems and security to ensure its uptime guarantee. Automatic backups can protect customers’ data from losing.
Comparing their performance, we learn that Hostwinds offers better guarantee, but GoDaddy has made great progress in hosting performance and create business hosting in VPS servers, so its reliability is enhanced as well. According to the information they disclose, we can think both are reliable.
GoDaddy vs. Hostwinds on Customer Support
GoDaddy takes further step in customer support as well. Now, it can offer 24/7 customer support via telephone free of charge and email. Also, customers can chat with GoDaddy Support team within limited time.
Hostwinds does not offer 24/7 phone, live chat, ticket and email support, but also offer free migration assist which is really can help a lot for businesses. Hostwinds is better in contact support
Besides, GoDaddy and Hostwinds both offer rich online support resources. GoDaddy has GoDaddy community, video tutorials, and knowledge base as well as FAQs, Knowledge base is available at Hostwinds, too.
Comparing their customer support, we think they both have unique advantage to give customers the instant help and indirect help.
Conclusion: Which Is For Businesses?
We have compared GoDaddy and Hostwinds web hosting for businesses from four aspects, and we learn that GoDaddy has extremely cheap shared hosting and VPS business hosting both including rich e-Commerce features. Hostwinds has special shared business hosting with very cheap pricing table and better performance. For support, we think they are both good enough to offer responsive support service. So, if customers have enough budgets, we suggest they can start with GoDaddy VPS business hosting for better security and good price value. But for cheaper plans, Hostwinds is the better options.