We purchase most of the domains through GoDaddy due to its popularity and great features. However, in this growing market, you need to shine among the competitors with much more – prices, support, reliability. One of the disadvantages of this domain registrars is the renewal price, the server speed, and poor customer support. Here are some alternatives.
- HostGator – Even though this provider is not so much cheaper than GoDaddy, the price you are paying is worth the quality you are receiving. However, you cannot register for free, but you can renew for free. This web hosting company is probably the most reliable one because their servers operated on 100% in the past 12 months, which means 0% downtime and 100% uptime rate. However, if the server is down, the company gives one free month to the subscribers. The loading capacity is also faster than GoDaddy’s one, and the site is easy to navigate. HostGator often offers discounts off the prices for their packages. Most importantly, it has a 24/7 customer support.
- InMotion – This is the best shared-hosting due to the excellent plans it offers to the customers and constant promotion packages. It is also ranked as the provider with the best service, and the Uptime is almost 100%, right after HostGator, it is around 99.99%, which is fantastic too. The other great thing about InMotion is the security prioritization. Your data is stored in vaults to keep it from fraudulent activities, but you can also pay for additional security like McAfee spam & virus protection. Of course, customer support remains one of the most critical factors when we choose our hosting provider because if a technical issue occurs, we want a prompt response and a quick fix. InMotion performs well in this aspect too. In terms of pricing, the company gives you the option to try it out for 90 days and have your money returned in case of dissatisfaction while GoDaddy offers only a 30-day trial.
- Bluehost – With an Uptime of 99.98%, client support, and prices much better that you will find with GoDaddy, training materials for the users, and a backup system, ‘’ CloudSite’’, Bluehost is labeled as the best alternative to GoDaddy. The domain registrar gives a 60% discount to new customers as well as a free domain and an SSL certificate. It is also known as one of the best WordPress hosting providers. Apart from all the above, Bluehost has the same features as GoDaddy, and it offers the same 30 days trial period you can use to try out the service. It possesses better customer support, user-friendly interface, pricing with coupon offers, shared plans, and speed. One of the cons of Bluehost is that the provider doesn’t have established policy for refunds when there is a downtime. There is no clarity; hence in such cases, any client’s request is treated differently.
If you are to choose your hosting provider for your first website, this is a big deal, and it is essential for beginners, so take a more in-depth look at all the advantages and disadvantages of the above options before you decide.