Are GoDaddy Plans Good Value?

All hosting providers offer discounted prices for new customers. You will then renew the contract at a higher, original price.

GoDaddy, for instance, has its cheapest shared plan marked at $4.99 per month for a 36-month contract month. Once those months are over, you’ll pay the regular price of $7.99 per month unless you cancel your renewal. The 12-month plan begins at $6.99 per month, $2 more. You can choose which option you prefer at check-out.

Most hosting providers will automatically show you the 36-month prices. When distributed to a monthly equivalent price, it looks the cheapest, even though you will be paying for longer.

The prices discussed in this article are monthly prices for a 12-month contract because we believe this is the simplest plan to understand. You aren’t signing yourself up for a super long contract but you still get the benefit of a reduced price. To us, it’s the best representative price for that particular hosting provider.

We’ll always do our best to make it clear exactly how much you can expect to pay at each stage of hosting. 

As we examine each hosting plan, we’ll show you how GoDaddy compares to our other top-rated hosts, HostGator and InMotion. Later, we’ll discuss any extra charges to look out for with your plan.

Let’s get into it! With so many plans, it can be hard to see what exactly you need from a hosting plan. Here at Website Builder Expert we boil it down like this:

Shared Hosting – Best for those with small websites or blogs who just want hosting that does the job.

Managed WordPress – For WordPress users who are starting out and what a bit more support.

Web Hosting Plus – You get the power of VPS hosting combined with a simple panel for beginners.

VPS – For those who want a bit more power for bigger sites or eccomerce.

Dedicated – The most power available. For really big sites expecting thousands of visitors.

Let’s see how these five very different variations fare up against each other:

Pricing Plan Cheapest Plan: Discount Price Cheapest Plan: Regular Price Subscription Length Discount Savings Per Month
Shared $6.99 $8.99 12 months 22%
WordPress $8.99 $9.99 12 months 10%
Web Hosting Plus $21.99 $29.99 12 months 26%
VPS $5.99 $7.99 12 months 25%
Dedicated $149.99 $169.99 12 months 10%
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You should now have a fairly decent idea of what type of hosting you need. As we previously mentioned, in our research GoDaddy does well for some plans in price and not so well in others.

For some hosting types, GoDaddy is one of the best-scoring hosts for pricing – it scores 4 out of 5 for photography and 3.8 out of 5 for VPS, making it our second-best scoring hosting provider in those categories!

On the flip side though, GoDaddy is more expensive than other providers in the shared, dedicated, and blog hosting categories. For example, compare Bluehost’s cheapest shared hosting plan beginning at $2.95/month to GoDaddy’s $6.99/month.

However, that doesn’t mean that GoDaddy is completely useless! GoDaddy is well-known for having a ton of extra features to keep its users happy, such as a free Microsoft Office Email suite subscription.

Now that we’ve explained the basics, let’s get into the nitty-gritty and take a deep dive into all the hosting on offer, starting with shared hosting!

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is best for small, personal sites, or business sites with only a couple of pages. You get what you pay for in the world of web hosting, and GoDaddy’s shared hosting is no exception. It’s not very cheap when compared to other providers, but you do get some more features.

Economy Deluxe Ultimate Maximum
Starting Price $6.99/month $9.99/month $14.99/month $22.99/month
Renewal Price $8.99/month $11.99/month $16.99/month $24.99/month
Free domain? ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Websites 1 10 25 50
Storage 25GB 50GB 75GB 100GB
Memory 512MB 1GB 1.5GB 2GB

GoDaddy’s shared pricing plans range from $6.99/month to $22.99/month. Each plan builds on the previous set of features, working up to the most powerful ‘Maximum’ plan, which has four times the processing power and memory of the Deluxe and Economy plans (plus an SSL certificate for the full term). It claims to support ‘multiple complex sites with high-res photos and videos’, but we’d still recommend a VPS for such sites.

GoDaddy's four shared hosting plans and their prices
GoDaddy’s shared hosting plans get cheaper with longer contracts – you can see the 3-year pricing here!

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WordPress Hosting

As you may have guessed, WordPress hosting is hosting that’s specially designed for WordPress sites. WordPress sites will work fine with any type of hosting on this list, but WordPress-specific hosting comes with some added benefits, such as auto-installed updates.  

Basic Deluxe Ultimate Ecommerce
Starting Price $8.99/month $11.99/month $18.99/month $20.99/month
Renewal Price $9.99/month $14.99/month $19.99/month $24.99/month
Free domain? ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Websites 1 1 1 1
Storage 20GB 40GB 60GB 80GB
Free Microsoft 365 mailboxes 2 3 5 5

All of GoDaddy’s WordPress hosting plans include:

  • A free domain (when you sign up for a year’s plan or more)
  • Free daily backups with one-click restore
  • Built-in signup forms for capturing client data

Better still, the more you spend, the more perks you get. The Ecommerce plan gets you access to WooComerce allowing you to run and manage an online store with unlimited products and appointment scheduling.

WordPress features for GoDaddy and the benefits of using it
There are many benefits to having a managed WordPress over just shared hosting.

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Web Hosting Plus

Web Hosting Plus is GoDaddy’s secret weapon – the power of VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting but without the tricky setup. If you’re outgrowing your shared hosting plan, this is a great next step. You get all the benefits of a dedicated server, without the need for an IT person to manage it for you. Great for beginners.

Launch Enhance Grow Expand
Starting Price $21.99/month $39.99/month $50.99/month $69.99/month
Renewal Price $29.99/month $49.99/month $69.99/month $99.99/month
Free domain? ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Websites and Databases 50 100 150 200
Storage 100GB 40GB 60GB 80GB
CPUs 2 4 8 16
Free Microsoft 365 mailboxes 5 5 5 5

All GoDaddy’s hosting plus plans come with unmetered traffic, over 50 websites and databases, and a standard SSL certificate included. The more you’re willing to spend, the more storage, RAM (memory), and CPUs (power) you’ll be able to tap into. GoDaddy’s web hosting plus can cover everything from multiple basic sites (Launch plan) to multiple photography or resource-heavy sites (Expand plan). Photography-heavy sites can incite some high costs, but luckily GoDaddy has some of the best pricing around, earning a 4 out of 5 in our research.

GoDaddy web hosting plus features
Web Hosting Plus has a lot of features to look after you if you’re a beginner if want to upgrade.
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Ready For GoDaddy?

GoDaddy offers a massive range of hosting across five separate categories. It’s almost guaranteed it’ll have a plan for whatever you’re looking for! Check them out today!

VPS Hosting

Just as hosting plus is a happy medium between shared and VPS hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting is one step closer to a dedicated server – but with a reduced price tag. With a VPS hosting plan, you have a ‘virtual server’ that acts like a dedicated server, but within a shared space – kind of like having an apartment in a shared block of apartments, rather than a detached house.

Starting Price $5.99/month $23.99/month $47.99/month $83.99/month
Renewal Price $7.99/month $23.99/month $47.99/month $83.99/month
Storage 25GB 100GB 200GB 400GB
CPUs 1 2 4 8

In terms of plans, GoDaddy’s VPS plans look very similar to its Web Hosting Plus ones. The only real difference is a jump in storage  – up to 400 GB on the 4vCPU plan. 

A major difference between the two is that GoDaddy offers VPS both managed and unmanaged. ‘Managed’ VPS is more expensive, but the difference being that GoDaddy actually takes care of a lot of the setup for you.

The fully managed VPS will set you back $104.99/month, so we recommend Web Hosting Plus if you’re a beginner.

These VPS plans are best suited to ecommerce sites, or resource-heavy apps. They’re also a good option if you have multiple sites on the go, as the isolated environment means one site won’t impact on the loading times of another.

GoDaddy's VPS features and two prices for self managed and fully managed.
The price differences between unmanaged VPS and managed (three-year plan).

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Dedicated Server Hosting

A dedicated server – this means you’ve made it! Welcome to your fully detached internet abode, your online slice of real estate heaven.

Who needs a dedicated server? Any website with a lot of content that’s expecting a lot of traffic. Website Builder Expert is hosted on a dedicated server, for example.

DS-32 DS-64 DS-128 DS-256
Starting Price $159.99/month $199.99/month $339.99/month $439.99/month
Renewal Price $159.99/month $199.99/month $339.99/month $469.99/month
Storage 2 x 500GB 2 x 500GB 2 x 1TB 2 x 1TB
RAM 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB
Global data centeres 2 2 2 2

With prices starting at $159.99/month, GoDaddy’s dedicated hosting plans are – as you’d expect – a considerable jump in price from its VPS hosting plans. The storage and RAM increase steadily across the four plans, with the DS-256 plan offering the most of each for $469.99/month.

Godaddy dedicated features and prices based on term length
Here is the price breakdown for a dedicated server.

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