GoDaddy Inc. is located in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was founded in 1997 by Bob Parsons. They had been modestly small until their massive growth put them at the number 1 I-CANN registrar. They manage more than 48 million domains. They ranked as #20 in 2005 fastest growing private companies (Growth of 8,274%). Essentially due to their strategically planed t.v. ads featuring good looking women during the Superbowl. Just as they have drastiaclly grown, Bob Parsons, CEO and Founder of GoDaddy.com, says, “...we're committed to helping you build and enhance your Web presence.”
Plans and Features
GoDaddy provides three well rounded hosting plans, the Economy, Deluxe, and Ultimate. Godaddy’s interface for picking the plans is simple. It even starts by asking you if you prefer Linux or Windows for your server OS.
Economy Plan: Starts at $4.99 for 3/months (other discounts available) for 10GBs web space, unlimited bandwidth, 50 ftp accounts, 100 email acounts (100MBs email storage), 10 MySQL databases, and 25 subdomains.
Deluxe Plan: Starts at $7.99 for 1/months (other discounts available) for 150GBs web space, unlimited bandwidth, 50 ftp accounts, 500 email acounts (500MBs email storage), 25 MySQL databases, 400 subdomains, and unlimited websites within one account.
Ultimate plan: Starts at $14.99 for 1/months (other discounts available) for Unlimited web space, unlimited bandwidth, 50 ftp accounts, 1000 email acounts (1GB email storage), Unlimited MySQL databases, and 400 subdomains. Also comes with FREE Premium DNS, Site Scanner, and a SSL Certificate.
All plans give you special access to GoDaddy’s Hosting Connection. Which is gives you access to installing many different scripts including Joomla and other web apps like drupal and WordPress.
GoDaddy is huge. This requires them to take extra steps to ensure ease of use and flexibility. Their control panel is custom built and is well supported with all major essentials. From within it you can configure your account settings, your email settings, MySQL settings, and more.
Finding and installing Joomla is quite easy. Install, pain free, through their personalized GoDaddy Hosting Connection. This gives you access to dozens of scrips and applications including Joomla, Drupal and many more.
Options One of the biggest benefits to using a large hosting company like GoDaddy, is that they can afford great tech support. A lot of smaller companies struggle to provide 24/7 phone service and GoDaddy handles it effortlessly and with knowledgeable staff. It’s also encouraging to know they have a well established community. It serves as a portal into getting help from those that use GoDaddy the most. All in all you won’t be dissapointed with the support options.
Large companies make it easy to stay with them. Unless you require a high level of technical features on your server, or need to be able to work within your server, Godaddy provides a great service for those with straightforward needs. No stingy tech support, don’t worry about a server crash, and it feels safe knowing you’re with a well-established company.