WP Engine and GoDaddy are very popular web hosting companies – but their offers are individually different and chances are, no one would end up comparing between these when it comes to choosing one from two. WP Engine is a single option website hosting company but GoDaddy comes with an array of options to choose from that matches your need and taste. For people who don’t care much about the higher priced and featured plans but the initial ones, this comparison review might be accurate. Because the initial plans from both companies are almost at a similar price point, with flexibility in their features.
As mentioned earlier, GoDaddy offers a whole lot of hosting options and comprehensive range of features. On the other hand, WP Engine only features one single plan with plenty of options, good enough for newbies.
GoDaddy: Three plans are offered, ranging from $1.00/month to $7.99/month. The Economy plan is the initial plan with least number of features offered. The regular price for Economy plan from GoDaddy is $5.99, but currently a sale is going on where GoDaddy is letting the plan go at $1.00/month. Hosting coupons may be needed to avail the discount.
Under the Economy plan, GoDaddy offers 1 domain registration, unlimited bandwidth and 100 GB hard drive space. From the 2nd year, regular renewal fee for domain registration would appy.
WP Engine: Regular pricing for WP Engine’s single shared web hosting plan is $99/month. They are currently offering 80% off on the hosting plan so the rounder up pricing is now $29/month. If you use wp engine coupons you will get first 3 months free. For this price, WP Engine is offering unlimited hard drive storage space, a free domain name and unlimited yet scalable bandwidth each month. Number of domains allowed are unlimited, however additional cost may incur.
GoDaddy and WP Engine both offers a very much user friendly approach towards web hosting and managing the contents. Both companies offer an easy to use control panel. For WP Engine it’s a customizable panel made by the company, one could pick cPanel as well. While for GoDaddy the control panel is industry leading cPanel by default.
Installation of apps is possible from the cPanel windows, some advanced knowledge on web hosting management may be required to proceed with such.
GoDaddy offers 99.9% uptime guarantee on their website. WP Engine doesn’t promise an uptime so perfect, but in reality both companies provide decent uptime. Even when the servers were found unresponsive, they didn’t take very long to resume operation. Page loading time is reasonably well on both GoDaddy and WP Engine, according to statistics GoDaddy seemed to have slightly faster page loading time.
WP Engine and GoDaddy offers excellent customer support – neither of them had made any compromise here. Both companies offer 24/7 customer support through hotline, email and live chat. Additionally, WP Engine offers a step-by-step tutorial for new users to learn managing their web hosting account.
The Q&A section answers most questions related to basic queries.
For casual blogging and a simplistic approach, we would prefer Godaddy – because they prefer only one package and there’s nothing much to worry about. For flexibility and better performance for a slightly higher price point, WP Engine may be the perfect option.