World leading domain registrar Godaddy entered arena of WordPress Managed Hosting Service on January 17, 2014. As Marcus Couch hinted at back on November 27th, 2013.
Godaddy Managed wordpress hosting attracted lot of public attention from very moment it was announced by GoDaddy Director of Hosting Product Management, Bill Watt at phoenix Wordcamp event. Moreover it also witnessed turning competitors eyeballs.
With GoDaddy Managed WordPress, GoDaddy said its customers won’t have to worry about manually updating plug-ins, as it will be done automatically. This will help customers keep WordPress sites secure and less vulnerable to attack. GoDaddy also offers added security in the form of firewalls, malware scanning and automated security patching.
For current WordPress users, they enable to transfer their WordPress websites to GoDaddy by using its one-click migration tool which has been developed to move all the relevant files easily and automatically.
- Rich WordPress related resources: Offering a managed hosting platform, the new service gets WordPress installed by default, so users, especially beginners, can begin blogging and focus on their businesses without spending time and energy in the installation of the software. Things like creating databases and transferring files have already been done, of course.
- Security: Godaddy doesn’t have a very pleasing security track record. To overcome this godaddy has blacklisted few plugins that are known for security flaws and every wordpress installation comes with ‘limit login attempts’ pre-installed.
- 24×7 Customer support: Customer support is crown gem of Godaddy. Managed wordpress hosting comes with the robust customer support from the company.
- Price: If prices were only factor to determine for choosing a managed WordPress web host, GoDaddy would surely win. Godaddy maintained its Economic tag rolling out managed wordpress hosting at cheap as chips prices.
More of the same: Godaddy to have blacklisted almost 50 Plug-ins. Godaddy explains, We make our Managed WordPress accounts as secure as possible. To help achieve that, we blacklist a number of plug-ins known to cause security issues. This list uses the name of the folder the plug-ins creates when you install it. You can view this directory by connecting to your Managed WordPress account via sFTP.
This includes highly popular plugins in wordpress community like w3 total cache, YARPP and many other. Many of these are banned because Godaddy has implemented server-side techniques to do by these wordpress plugins. What’s total bizarre is blacklisting plug-ins related to another popular managed wordpress hosting; Wpengine.
Hosting Backend: There is no backend available unlike before with other hosting. Hence features like Cron jobs and sitemap building won’t be available to its users.
99.9% Uptime: This may sound cheesy but it’s not. This means users will have almost 45 minutes of downtime monthly. Godaddy further explains this as, The Service Uptime Guarantee does not apply to service interruptions caused by:
- Periodic scheduled maintenance or repairs we may undertake from time to time.
- Interruptions caused by you from custom scripting, coding or the installation of third-party applications.
- Outages that do not affect the appearance of your website but merely affect access to your website such as FTP and email.
- Causes beyond our control or that are not reasonably foreseeable.
- Outages related to the reliability of certain programming environments.
As a newly launched service taking rounds in wordpress community, the managed WordPress hosting from GoDaddy still has few shortcoming that need to be taken care of.