GoDaddy vs WP Engine

WP Engine and GoDaddy are two very different web hosts. While GoDaddy is more of a standard do-it-all kind of host, WP Engine is WordPress specific. We’ll break down the comparison below, and at the end, we’ll give our best hosting advice.

Similarities:

  • 24/7 support
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee

Major Differences:

  • GoDaddy has both Linux and Windows hosting, while WP Engine uses just Linux
  • GoDaddy has a much wider range of plans to choose from
  • GoDaddy’s plans are usually backed with the standard 30 day money-back guarantee, while WP Engine has a lengthy 60 day money-back guarantee.
  • WP Engine is only for WordPress hosting and has many WordPress-specific features
  • WP Engine is far more expensive
  • WP Engine has better security features and customer service

Plans:

WP Engine hosting:
  • WordPress
  • Managed WordPress
GoDaddy hosting:
  • Shared
  • VPS
  • Dedicated
  • WordPress

Prices:

GoDaddy has much cheaper hosting options, with plans starting around $3.50/month. Meanwhile, WP Engine’s cheapest plan, the Personal plan, costs $29.00/month. They have managed and custom WordPress hosting plans as well, which gets far more expensive.

Conclusion:

WP Engine is undoubtedly the superior host in terms of performance and hosting features, but there are more things to consider. First of all, few are willing to spend so much money per month on their hosting needs. Secondly, WP Engine is specifically for WordPress hosting. Therefore, if you are in need of premium WordPress hosting (and money is not an issue), you’ll likely enjoy what WP Engine offers. However, if you’re in need of more affordable hosting with a wider range of plans, GoDaddy is a solid option.

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