Godaddy.com was where this site first started. However a lot has changed since this was originally posted. This site s currently hosted with Rackspace. The other sites I started with Godaddy.com has since moved to other companies after January 2011.
I originally bought the domain for this site and hosted it with Godaddy.com November 2007. I did this because I wanted to have my site on a server separate from my hosting company servers. Its no secret that this all started as a way to vent off frustration at webhostingstuff.com (http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/why-i-blog). In short I found they were deleting positive feed back for one of my sites. After 72 hours of making and remaking the video and site; contacting many of the hosting companies found in the top reviews sites, my creative energies would soon seem spent. I did not think much would come of what I had started. At least until Google contacted me early 2010r to take up adsense. I really did not think the video and a one page site would became a blog. But when ever you find someone reviewing a host on youtube.com you find my video next to theirs. Even though my video has not got as many viewers as a cute kitten video, I am getting far more traffic then the videos to get people to sign up for hosting.
The Bad about GoDaddy.com
Lets face it, if your like me you want the good news last. When I go to a mechanic, vet, dentist, doctor…….. and they tell you I have good news and I have bad news. You cringe with a horrid thought of what the bad might be. Good news matters less then what the foreboding bad may be. I will say this about GoDaddy, the bad is not as bad as it could be. I will say that before November 2007, I had never had a shared hosting account. I had a geocities page and another free site from a company that went out of business. I made the strange jump of going from free hosting straight to a dedicated server. but till I got this Godaddy account I had never had a shared hosting account.
Sometimes getting a hosting solution with GoDaddy.com is a roll of the dice
I can say with confidence that I have not had a lot of problems with the shared hosting for hosting-reviews-exposed.com on GoDaddy. For that matter I have never contacted support in regards to this account. Sometimes the site is slow to respond. For that I think the site is getting to the point that it needs a more advance option. But that’s not always the case because this year I got a three VPS accounts. I got them at different times because I wanted my sites on different ips 2 of the sites are loading faster then this site, however the forth shared account (3rd bought this year) was offline every other day. At the time of this post the site was down 2 times, for about 3 minutes each time. This has happen over the course of 2 months. Granted uninterrupted uptime is not vital to construction of this site, but it would be annoy on other sites that I might construct.
I also had two VPS accounts. One of which runs rather smoothly, but I can not say the same for the second. Getting the second one set up was a pain and I closed that account down and took that to another company. But to be honest I have not contacted Godaddy for resolution on this. This is because I like speedy resolution but I don’t like having to call to get it. I like companies that I can email, chat, or put a ticket in with. If you ever looked at one of my phone logs it becomes clear why I hate spending time on the phone. One wonderful example is I had spent 94 hours on the phone with Bank of America in 2008.
GoDaddy Tech support requires a phone call for faster service
In general I have not had a lot of support inquiries with GoDaddy. But when I do it sometimes takes 24 hours to get a response. Though I have found when I call them I tend to get the ball rolling faster. Having owned 4 hosting companies I know that most customers prefer telephone support over ticket, email, and phone support. I can not say that I am the same as I feel that I can give better details by a written system without having to repeat myself. Not to mention over 11 years of dealing with suppliers on the phone. I feel a lot of time was wasted in phone communications. That and I like documentation on my dealings with a company.
GoDaddy offers unlimited hosting
I am not exactly sure when they offered this, but I am no fan of unlimited hosting. You read enough of my blog and you will see my position on hosting that clearly has limits when you try to test them.
The Good about GoDaddy.com
For almost three years I have had this site hosted with Godaddy.com. Up till late May of 2010, this was a 1 page website. During that whole time, I didn’t track the uptime and server response. It was until I started other projects I that had to contact anyone at Godaddy for support. During the life of this sites hosting account, I never contacted support in regards to this site. Granted the most complex thing that I have had to do with this site is add WordPress, themes, and related add ons. All of which was done without intervention from GoDaddy. But the traffic increase on this site lead to it moving to Mediatemple.net.
GoDaddy has full integration from their customer login area
Back in the beginnings of my first company integration was a far off concept. A customer had to send email (no ticket system at the time) to get an email or domain set up on the server. It was not till perldesk (or perhaps an early program) and cPanel that integration started to unfold for my company. Honestly I have to say in many ways I am envious of the system that they have. Customers are able to get a dedicated ip without human intervention from GoDaddy staff. Not to mention upgrade a share hosting account to more advance solution. Though ticket support is no where near as fast as phone support.
Would I recommend GoDaddy?
It depends. What are your needs? Are you just starting? Than perhaps a shared plan would be ok. Have a site that is not a heavy resource user? As your site grows you might want to consider one of their more advance packages. But honestly, I have kept no site long term with their company. Would I recommend them for a large scale organization? No I would not.
When it comes to a recommendation or opinion on a host I strongly suggest that you do your own research. By no means does a post be it negative or positive mean that the person has your best interests at heart. They may very well make a huge commission, of for that matter they may just be a disgruntle customer that no one can truly please that wants to hurt a hosting company.
My finale opinion for GoDaddy.com is they are an ok place to start up a site from, but not a long term solution.