Hostingly vs GoDaddy

How do we stand up against GoDaddy?

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Services

Hostingly

GoDaddy

Headquarters

UK

USA

Ownership

Private/Family

Publicly trade: GDDY

Number of hosting brands

Hostingly

Hostingly 123-Reg Heart Internet tsoHost Media Temple ManageWP Webfusion

Value Propositions

100% liquid immersion cooled ISO 27001, 27017, 27018 PCI-DSS Compliant

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Introductory Pricing Structure

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Trustpilot Rating

4.8

4.7

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10 Reasons To Avoid GoDaddy

01

Controversial Advertising

GoDaddy has gained notoriety for its controversial and sexualized advertising campaigns. For users seeking a hosting provider with a more professional image, these marketing tactics may not align with their values.

02

Ethical Concerns

In 2011, GoDaddy's then-CEO Bob Parsons faced significant backlash for killing a wild elephant in Zimbabwe. This incident raised ethical concerns and led to questions about the company's commitment to responsible practices.

03

Domain Pricing Practices

GoDaddy has been criticized for its domain pricing practices. They are known for buying domain names that users search for and then inflating their prices upon users' return to purchase them. This can lead to unexpected costs for users.

04

Support for Controversial Legislation

GoDaddy's initial support for SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), a controversial piece of legislation, raised concerns about the company's stance on internet freedom and user privacy.

05

Service Outages

GoDaddy has experienced service outages in the past, resulting in websites hosted with them going offline. Reliability and uptime are critical for online businesses, and these outages can negatively impact users' websites.

06

Pricing Transparency

Some users find GoDaddy's pricing model less transparent. While they may offer attractive introductory prices, the renewal rates for domain names and hosting plans can be significantly higher, catching users off guard.

07

Server Overcrowding

GoDaddy is known for overcrowding its servers, which can lead to slower website loading times and decreased performance. Websites hosted on overcrowded servers may not deliver the fast and responsive experience users expect.

08

Customer Service Variability

Customer service experiences with GoDaddy have varied widely. While some users may have positive interactions with their support team, others have reported issues with support quality and responsiveness.

09

Renewal Rates

Users should be prepared for higher renewal rates for domain names and hosting plans. The initial attractive prices may not be sustainable in the long term, potentially resulting in increased costs for users.

10

Website Speed

Overcrowded servers and shared hosting environments can contribute to slower website loading times. If website speed and performance are critical for your online presence, GoDaddy's server overcrowding may not meet your needs.

Why choose Hostingly over GoDaddy?

We’re Ethical

Our commitment to ethical practices is demonstrated with transparent pricing, and superior customer service, making us the ethical choice in contrast to GoDaddy's history of controversies and questionable practices. In addition, you won’t ever hear about us using sexual advertising or hunting innocent creatures.

We’re Transparent

We excels in transparency by providing straightforward pricing, clear policies, and honest practices, a stark contrast to GoDaddy's history of hidden fees, misleading advertising, and controversial actions.

We’re Performance Obsessed

We are performance obsessed, prioritising fast and reliable hosting, by contrast GoDaddy's overcrowded servers often result in sluggish website speeds and decreased performance. This can have negative effects on your SEO and your visitors.

We’re Customer Centric

Placing customers at the heart of all our operations is fundamental to our entire business, ensuring your needs are met promptly and effectively. Unlike GoDaddy, we offer tailored and dedicated support, enhancing your hosting experience.

We Don’t Cut Corners

We stand firm in our commitment to quality and never compromise on service, unlike GoDaddy, which has been known to employ questionable tactics and practices. We place your satisfaction above all else.

Brands

GoDaddy has risen to prominence through significant spending on marketing campaigns and the
acquisition of competitors. They often maintain the acquired companies’ branding and legal
identity, potentially obscuring this information from potential clients.

For instance, TSOHost, a beloved UK hosting provider, was acquired by HostEuropeGroup (HEG),
later purchased by GoDaddy in 2016. However, even after 7 years, there’s no acknowledgment of
GoDaddy on TSO’s “About Us” page (we wonder why?). This lack of transparency can leave clients
unaware of the ownership changes.

Investors typically seek returns, often at the expense of clients. Hostingly, on the other hand,
operates as a family-run business with no investors and a history of reinvesting profits into
improving our services.

Hostingly Brands

GoDaddy Brands

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Choose the right plan for you

They all include award-winning UK support, flexibility to upgrade or downgrade, and our 60-day, no-quibble money-back guarantee.

£7/month

Stardust

Simplicity and affordability without compromising performance.

£11/month

Cosmos

Like Stardust, but with extra resources for your small website needs.

£18/month

Celestial

The ideal launchpad for small businesses, perfect to begin your online journey.

£7/month

Stardust

Simplicity and affordability without compromising performance.

£11/month

Cosmos

Like Stardust, but with extra resources for your small website needs.

£18/month

Celestial

The ideal launchpad for small businesses, perfect to begin your online journey.

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Our Clients Say We're Excellent

4.8 out of 5 based on our reviews

Hostingly has truly impressed me with…

Hostingly has truly impressed me with its incredible speed and reliability. My website runs seamlessly with minimal downtime, and their support team has been a lifesaver. Hostingly's eco-friendly approach is a cherry on top, aligning with my values. It's the complete package for web hosting.

Pat Hope

I needed to add some domains to my…

I needed to add some domains to my account, but I faced a security setting that prevented me from doing it. I raised a support ticket, and to my surprise, a support team member (her name escapes me at the moment) swiftly tackled the issue and got it sorted within minutes. I've never experienced such a speedy and efficient service with a web host before Would not hesitate to recommend.

Brian

My website was maxing out…

My website was maxing out its resource allocation with the previous hosting provider, resulting in frequent loading errors. I contact support but they didn't want to know, I was simply advised to upgrade my plan - bigger companies seem to think chucking money at a problem is the only way to fix it. I found Hostingly on Google, had a brief live chat with their support and decided to give them a go. They went above and beyond. They not only diagnosed the resource problem for free but also offered valuable guidance on resolving it. After eliminating an outdated and problematic plugin, my issues went away. My site now loads noticeably faster. Whether it's due to the plugin or the hosting, I couldn't be happier with the results.
My website was maxing out its resource allocation with the previous hosting provider, resulting in frequent loading errors. I contact support but they didn't want to know, I was simply advised to upgrade my plan - bigger companies seem to think chucking money at a problem is the only way to fix it. I found Hostingly on Google, had a brief live chat with their support and decided to give them a go. They went above ...
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Darren

Hostingly has truly impressed me with…

Hostingly has truly impressed me with its incredible speed and reliability. My website runs seamlessly with minimal downtime, and their support team has been a lifesaver. Hostingly's eco-friendly approach is a cherry on top, aligning with my values. It's the complete package for web hosting.

Pat Hope

I needed to add some domains to my…

I needed to add some domains to my account, but I faced a security setting that prevented me from doing it. I raised a support ticket, and to my surprise, a support team member (her name escapes me at the moment) swiftly tackled the issue and got it sorted within minutes. I've never experienced such a speedy and efficient service with a web host before Would not hesitate to recommend.

Brian

My website was maxing out…

My website was maxing out its resource allocation with the previous hosting provider, resulting in frequent loading errors. I contact support but they didn't want to know, I was simply advised to upgrade my plan - bigger companies seem to think chucking money at a problem is the only way to fix it. I found Hostingly on Google, had a brief live chat with their support and decided to give them a go. They went above and beyond. They not only diagnosed the resource problem for free but also offered valuable guidance on resolving it. After eliminating an outdated and problematic plugin, my issues went away. My site now loads noticeably faster. Whether it's due to the plugin or the hosting, I couldn't be happier with the results.
My website was maxing out its resource allocation with the previous hosting provider, resulting in frequent loading errors. I contact support but they didn't want to know, I was simply advised to upgrade my plan - bigger companies seem to think chucking money at a problem is the only way to fix it. I found Hostingly on Google, had a brief live chat with their support and decided to give them a go. They went above ...
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