Giving GoDaddy a Second Chance
Published on 17 Feb 2014 | Last updated on 23 Aug 2014
Last January, GoDaddy introduced a new product called “GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting.” They claim that this hosting plan is optimized for WordPress which means users can expect a boost in speed and overall performance. It’s generating a lot of buzz lately most probably because they’re selling a package that’s very similar to WPEngine‘s $29/month plan for about 1/4 of the cost!
I’ve always felt that managed WordPress offers are nothing but a mere gimmick to take advantage of new users and make them spend much more money. I know for a fact that a popular advice for newbies is to “get a WordPress site because it’s easy to manage,” but most of these newbies don’t actually know anything about the platform. Due to this, they end up falling for sly marketing tactics and of course they end up paying a lot for something they could get for less. I don’t mean to offend anyone — I’m merely saying the truth.
There’s no way I’d spend $29/month just to get “perks” such as 24/7 WordPress support and automatic WordPress core updates. Why? I could just do those myself and I’d save more than 20 bucks a month on hosting. Besides, I don’t have any complaints about my current host at all. Speed, uptime, and support have been consistently superb for months now.
I’m currently paying $6.38/month to run this blog on a regular shared hosting environment. GoDaddy’s pricing for “managed WordPress” is $6.99/month and I think that’s very reasonable. I certainly wouldn’t mind paying a few extra cents to have my site hosted on a “WordPress-optimized environment,” have automated nightly backups generated, and get all the security stuff done for me.
Some of you may be aware that I recently published a negative review on GoDaddy’s regular shared hosting. I honestly had no intentions of using their services ever again, especially after my horrible experience with them. However, I came across a raving review on WHT and this made me feel like I wanted to give GoDaddy’s WordPress hosting a try. I’ve also been planning to launch a WordPress-powered gallery for some time now, and I think I just found the perfect opportunity to do so. Hah, that’s hitting two birds with one stone!
I had a brief conversation about this with one of GoDaddy’s reps on WHT. I asked him a few questions, like if I could expect better support on this managed WordPress platform. I also asked if I’d be able to get backups for free or if I’d need to pay $150 everytime I wanted a backup restored (serious!). Fortunately, he gave me the answers I wanted to hear and that gave me the assurance I needed.
I was really hesitant at first and I wanted to wait for a couple more months before signing up for GoDaddy’s WordPress hosting. But after my conversation with their rep, I felt they’re really working hard to improve so I decided to sign up and try their service right away. I paid for one month and only time can tell if the $6.99 plan is a great bargain or not.
In any case, I’m definitely looking forward to having a much better experience this time around. Fingers crossed!