GoDaddy vs NameCheap

NameCheap and GoDaddy are both popular web hosts with solid reputations. Below, we’ll break down their similarities and differences, and at the end, we’ll let you know which host we’d recommend.

Similarities:

  • WordPress plans
  • 24/7 support
  • Industry-standard cPanel
  • Uptime guarantee
  • Both Linux and Windows-based servers
  • Both are very popular domain registrars

Major Differences:

  • GoDaddy’s refund policies vary depending on the plan (usually 30 day guarantee), while NameCheap offers a short 14 day money-back guarantee for their hosting plans
  • GoDaddy has faster page-loading speeds
  • GoDaddy has WordPress plans readily available
  • NameCheap does not offer phone support
  • NameCheap has many plan limitations, including caps across domains, disk space, databases and email addresses
  • NameCheap has pricey renewal fees

Plans:

NameCheap hosting:
  • Shared
  • VPS
  • Dedicated
  • Reseller
  • Private Email hosting
  • WordPress available for installation
GoDaddy hosting:
  • Shared
  • VPS
  • Dedicated
  • WordPress

Prices:

NameCheap has some of the cheapest hosting available. Their shared hosting can cost as low as $9.88/year, which comes out to about $0.82/month! Meanwhile, the cheapest shared hosting plan you can get with GoDaddy costs around $3.50/month. However, it should be noted that NameCheap has expensive renewal prices, which evens the score a bit.

Conclusion:

This is a tough one to call. While you will likely save some money with NameCheap, we give GoDaddy the advantage in terms of performance. GoDaddy’s plans have better features (less cap limitations), their a superior WordPress host, and they have faster page-loading speeds. On top of that, NameCheap’s short money-back guarantee and lack of phone support are disappointing.

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