GreenGeeks vs GoDaddy: GreenGeeks is Better!

While GoDaddy is more well known, it has a terrible, secret – no free SSL. GreenGeeks on the other hand, has the superior set up for web hosting. The LiteSpeed web server, the caching, and the “green” aspect make it a far better proposition than GoDaddy. More details below.

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GreenGeeks vs GoDaddy: Pricing

In terms of pricing, it’s pretty close to a tie between the two because of two reasons:

  1. GoDaddy has the ridiculously cheap $1/m plan for one year
  2. GreenGeeks pricing is as low as $2.95/m for 3 years

So the rule is this: GoDaddy’s $1/m deal is better (when available) f iyou’re looking for short term web hosting for just a year. For higher absolute initial discounts, GreenGeeks gives you a better deal over a period of three years.

Here’s the best GreenGeeks deal:

Duration: 3 years

Here are all the GreenGeeks coupon codes. And this is the best deal for GoDaddy:

Duration: 1 year ONLY

Winner: Tie. GreenGeeks for long term, and GoDaddy for short term

GoDaddy Scamming with Paid SSL

The biggest drawback of GoDaddy is paid SSL. I can’t believe that in today’s age, a web host as big as GoDaddy still doesn’t give out free SSL certificates. GreenGeeks is better than GoDaddy for this one reason alone.

In today’s world, no one should pay for SSL. So it’s shocking that GoDaddy charges a king’s ransom for basic SSL certificates starting at $80/m.

$80! For something that other web hosts give out for free! And make no mistake – you need an SSL certificate. Without that, your business might as well be advertising its untrustworthiness to not just the world, but to the search engines as well.

If you had to pick one good reason to avoid GoDaddy, this would be it.

Winner: GreenGeeks. By a mile (and then some)

GreenGeeks wins with LiteSpeed

If you’re willing to look past the atrocious lack of SSL, GreenGeeks wins on the technology front as well. GoDaddy uses the standard LAMP stack, with no special innovations. GreenGeeks however, makes use of the LiteSpeed web server, which has some significant performance upgrades over Apache. It’s a paid product, and so less popular. But if you can find a host that uses LiteSpeed, it’s a big argument in their favor.

Free Server Caching

Thanks to LiteSpeed, GreenGeeks offers free server caching on all its plans. This means the server will store cached copies of your pages and deliver them to repeat visitors, without generating a new page each time. This means faster page loads, fewer resources used on your server, and ultimately, happier customers. Here’s a more in-depth article on server caching, and which web hosts offer it.

GoDaddy on the other hand, doesn’t allow server caching on its shared hosting plans. It does claim to implement it on its WordPress plans, but all reports indicate that it not only makes no difference, it actually makes things worse. So take their claims with a pinch of salt.

Winner: GreenGeeks

Data Center Locations: GoDaddy Wins with Asia

If you want to server your customers in Asia, you can’t go with GreenGeeks due to a lack of a data center in Asia.

GoDaddy has one in Singapore. Here’s the full list of GoDaddy data centers:

  • Phoenix (Arizona)
  • Scottsdale (Arizona)
  • Mesa (Arizona)
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Ashburn
  • Amsterdam
  • Singapore

As you can see, GoDaddy has a pretty comprehensive set of data centers around the world – perhaps more so than any other web host. But honestly, you shouldn’t choose GoDaddy simply because of an Asian data center. If you want, you should try out SiteGround instead – they have a data center in Singapore.

GreenGeeks on the other hand, has four datacenters spread out between the US and Europe:

  1. Chicago, IL
  2. Phoenix, AZ
  3. Montreal, CA
  4. Amsterdam, NL

So which I wouldn’t recommend GoDaddy for anything else, they have the advantage of an Asian data center in Singapore.

Winner: GoDaddy

GreenGeeks vs GoDaddy: Product Variety

GoDaddy on the other hand, offers the full range of traditional web hosting services from VPS and dedicated servers, basic and WordPress hosting, site management tools, SEO services, themes, a range of SSL certificates, domains, and the whole shebang.

GreenGeeks on the other hand restricts itself to shared and WordPress hosting. It also has VPS and dedicated servers, but those are hidden away in the footer menus and not easy to find.

Winner: GoDaddy

GreenGeeks Tries to Compensate for Carbon Emissions

Of course, one of the main attractions for GreenGeeks is that they purchase 300% of their energy consumption in the form of Renewal Energy Credits (REC). There’s been some debate about how effective RECs actually are, but regardless of the nuances, GreenGeeks is at least attempting to reduce the impact of their datacenters on the environment. That’s got to count for something, right!

Winner: GreenGeeks

Bottom Line

This GreenGeeks vs GoDaddy comparison is a bit one sided. The lack of SSL itself is a complete deal breaker for me, and until that changes, I don’t see how anyone can prefer it. GreenGeeks is a strong web host on its own however. With the LiteSpeed web server, it’s “green” credentials, and low pricing, it’s a pretty solid choice for anyone thinking of choosing them as their hosting provider.

About Bhagwad Park

I've been writing about web hosting and WordPress tutorials since 2008. I also create tutorials on Linux server administration, and have a ton of experience with web hosting products. Contact me via e-mail!

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