GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting SUCKS

Yes, it sucks. I can’t believe they get away with selling it as a “premium” service. It’s the same crappy GoDaddy shared hosting service with a cleaner/simpler UI and more expensive resource limits (imitating higher-end hosting services).

Don’t believe me? Let’s go over the issues…


PROBLEM #1 – slow as hell

Yes, slow server. Slow website load, slow server response. It’s a good thing they don’t have much of a control panel for you to realize how slow it is. The server is bad. Is it the worst? Not the worst but it’s slow for sure. I saw a client on php 5.

If you don’t mind your website taking more seconds to load, then by all means use them. But at least we can agree

PROBLEM #2 – php 5

SERIOUSLY?! This is 2018. They’re selling managed WordPress hosting with php5?! It would be like buying a new car that didn’t come with air conditioning.

PROBLEM #3 – slow file transfer

They use SFTP, sounds like a cool security thing, right? WRONG! SFTP is slow as heck. 1gb of files took me several hours on a FIOS connection. They don’t have a web-based File Manager like cPanel.

PROBLEM #4 – locked-in backups

I made this note but can’t remember why I made it. Whatever it was, I must have been really angry to mention it here.

PROBLEM #5 – misleading advertising

Look at their developer plan which says for only $13.99, it can handle ~800,000 monthly visitors. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Your site will feel slow as heck the moment you even get to around 50k visitors/month.

Still want to try GoDaddy Managed Hosting?

Why not? Maybe they’ve improved but I highly doubt it. My experience with them (via a client) was extremely sub-par. You have been warned!

4 thoughts on “GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting SUCKS

  1. Locked in backups mean you can restore one of their backups but you can’t download one. And since their backups are only saved for 30 days that’s not much of a window for restoring things.

    Extra credit, by the way: you can’t simply upload a site you’ve heavily reworked, even if you can get a download (by the aforementioned slow SFTP or if you can find a backup plugin that’ll run slowly enough to keep from running out of resources… while not running so slowly it times out.) Instead you have to install the site on some other public server and then “migrate” it with their tools.

    I honestly don’t get why GoDaddy’s such a frickin’ pain in the butt, by the way. Their support folks are some of the best for general assistance — polite and generally well-informed. And they contribute quite a bit to the WP community. Their hosting just happens to be abysmal *and* surprisingly high-priced considering what you get. Plus they’re still holding out on offering free TLS certificates.

    Genuinely frustrating.

    1. Thanks for filling in my memory! Yeah, their managed-WordPress hosting felt even more outdated than their regular shared hosting. Terrible performance (not just for the price) in general.

  2. I run one of their reseller systems and I would not sell the managed WordPress hosting. However the top-level cpanel runs WordPress just fine. Need at least one gig of memory.

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