- 24/7 support
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- Wix functions as an all-in-one site builder/web host
- Wix offers a free plan, while includes a free Wix domain, 500MB storage, and 1GB bandwidth
- Wix’s long-term pricing is more expensive than similar competitors
- Wix comes with many built-in features, although adding things that aren’t built-in is a difficult process
- GoDaddy’s money-back guarantees vary depending on plans (usually 30 day), while Wix allows a 14 day free trial
- GoDaddy’s customer service receives more negative reviews
- GoDaddy has both Linux and Windows plans
Wix hosting (6 plans total):
- Free Plan
- Connect Domain Plan
- Combo Plan
- Unlimited Plan
- eCommerce Plan
- VIP Plan
Aside from Wix’s Free plan (detailed above), their hosting plans start at $5.00/month. Meanwhile, GoDaddy
Using GoDaddy to build a WordPress website (the main content management system build off of hosting accounts) can be difficult for someone new trying to build a website and WIX can be a great alternative. Again, if you’re new to building a website, and you really need your hand held, and you don’t plan on hiring someone, then Wix is an excellent choice for you.
Approximate transcription of video at the bottom of the page:
David: Hi. This video is about Wix hosting versus GoDaddy hosting. My name is David. I’m with mybesthostingreview.com. I’ve used GoDaddy for over five years. I don’t know exactly how long, but I’ve used them for a long time, and I’ve used Wix for about a year, and so I do understand the differences. These are very different hosting options.
GoDaddy might be the most popular one, probably because they’ve been doing marketing domains and hosting for–I don’t know–since 2000. I don’t know, a very, very long time. In a way, they’re like the Walmart, but I don’t feel like their prices are quite Walmart level. They provide … They’re kind of a mixed bag, in terms of what you get with them.
Wix is very different. I’m going to go into that here. The first thing that I like to look for is what’s called a cPanel, which is essentially a backend way of managing your website, that I heavily prefer. I have a lot of experience with it, and I have a lot of … If you have a website technician, some guy is looking at your website, they’re going to definitely be familiar with cPanel, if they have any experience at all. At the same time, almost all of them are going to have experience with GoDaddy, as well, because GoDaddy is going to be the most popular.
Now, they do have what does appear to be a typical cPanel, in terms of functionality. A lot of bigger companies do this. They basically put their own skin on it but give the same features. It used to actually be worse. They used to have their own version of cPanel, but it functionally was not the same, and it definitely looked very different, but now it’s much closer, if not exactly at, feature-wise, to the cPanel that you would get with another company. It just looks a little bit different, which means I can do everything that I’d want to do on the hosting account.
Wix does not have a cPanel, and it’s nothing, anything, like a cPanel. There’s no real backend hosting access, like you’d get. As a result, there’s certain things you just cannot do with Wix, even with their excellent support. You just can’t do it with Wix. Wix is more of a content management system, like WordPress, so WordPress compatibility … You cannot install WordPress on Wix, because they have their own content management system. If you wanted to install WordPress, you would not be getting Wix, and WordPress is, in my opinion, the best content management system, by far. It’s also the most popular. It’s the most efficient from a lot of different ways. There’s $5 or free plug-ins that take five minutes to install, that give you functionality, that you just couldn’t do with Wix, okay? Since it’s the most popular content management system, it’s the least expensive and easiest to get technical support on fixing things.
With GoDaddy, it’s completely WordPress compatible. You can click on this, and you can have WordPress installed on your site in five minutes or less. Definitely the winner here is GoDaddy, okay? Definitely would prefer GoDaddy from that perspective. WordPress, definitely GoDaddy, because you can’t get WordPress with Wix.
Support … I would say Wix has better support. GoDaddy, GoDaddy is kind of middle road. They’re not terrible, like some companies, and they’re not great, like other companies. Their a big company. They’ve been around a long time. They have okay support. Again, it’s not bad; it’s not good. Wix has very good support. They have to.
If you’re a complete newbie, and you have no idea what WordPress is, you never have gone into a cPanel, and you really need your hand held, Wix is going to be able to hold your hand quite a bit better. It’s going to be a simpler process, but, as a result, you’re going to be able to do less. You’re going to have less flexibility. Also, down the road, when you want to, let’s say, edit it or update it, make a big update to it, it’s going to be more expensive or more time consuming to do it with Wix, but there’ll be people there. They’ll have a really good support team that can come and help you.
Okay, so pricing, let’s actually take a look at it. GoDaddy … I did add a random domain to my cart. With 12 months of hosting, you do get the free domain registration. I did do privacy, so actually my numbers are wrong. Let’s actually turn this off, so that means it’s $54, which is a good price; $54 for a year of hosting is a solid price. There are less expensive ones, but anything below $50 is a really good price; $96 per year after that is an okay price. It’s not a good price, but it’s an okay price.
Wix, there’s no … There’s a yearly discount. It’s $120 per year, so I would ignore these. They don’t really, in my opinion, provide any extra value. It’s $11 a month or $120 a year, if you pay yearly. Wix is definitely more expensive. It’s a tie here, because you do get free registration with either one of them. From a pricing standpoint, GoDaddy is definitely going to be, hands down, less expensive.
Okay, EIG … What is EIG? EIG is a company that buys hosting companies, and, in my experience, they strip the support, which is … They make the support less costly to them, which, if you were investing in this company, you would like that, because they make it more profitable, and they utilize, they live off of, the reputations that these companies have created.
A good example is Bluehost, that I have personal experience with, where their support … I’ve been using Bluehost for 10 years, and their support was great beforehand, and their functionality was great, and then, after the transition, the support immediately got worse. It was longer, and the responses were worse, longer wait time, and just, hands down, I had some major issues that ended up costing me lots and lots of money. I would not recommend any hosting company that is owned by EIG, okay? This is their Wikipedia page, Endurance International Group, essentially. Yeah, they are a public company, so I think that they’re pretty profitable.
Actually, it looks like they’re not even profitable, according to this. Maybe that’s because they spend their money … Their revenue’s going up. They spend their money buying hosting companies regularly, okay? Neither one of these companies is owned by EIG, thankfully. That’s why Wix is able to provide good support, and GoDaddy’s support isn’t terrible, and GoDaddy’s big enough to where I don’t think that they would be bought by EIG, because they might have more business than all of EIG’s companies combined. I can’t say for sure.