Wordpress and Godaddy Hosting

by cma01
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I have a question for those of you who have a Wordpress install on Godaddy. I see that they are specifically promoting that Wordpress can be used on their servers.

Well, this last weekend I did a simple Wordpress install and set-up for a client. I have never used Godaddy hosting myself and have heard nothing good about it in general; however, she was already with them so I didn't try to push her somewhere else.

I set up the site and it was so freaking slow it was unbelievable.

The site has less than 20 pages and I just installed a handful of plugins that I consider "must haves." I had tested the theme on a WP install on my server, and it loads with no problem. The theme is really light.

So she called Godaddy tech support, and of course they told her that it wasn't their server, that it was the theme or one of the plugins.

BS! I have multi-site installations of Wordpress that have over 20 domains plus subdomains and five times the number of plugins installed . . . plugins that are much more resource intensive than anything on her site . . . and there is no problem with loading.

The tech guy loaded a static page to "prove" it wasn't their server. Their file server may load fast, but their mySQL server definitely does not.

I installed Super Cache, which is absolutely ridiculous that I would have to for that tiny site with practically no traffic, and it still isn't that fast.

What I don't understand is why they would push their Wordpress hosting if their Wordpress hosting SUCKS. If they aren't going to optimize and provide adequate resources for Wordpress, what in the heck are they doing promoting it?

So do they have "regular" hosting and "Wordpress" hosting packages? Because both sales pages look the same to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    Wordpress on Godaddy IS really really really bad and slow. Did I also mention it is slow? hehe

    Their Mysql server is not localalized and takes forever to communicate back and forth to the site.

    I have done a lot of WP install in my days and many with Godaddy (simply because my customer insisted) and some go smoothly but the majority take forever to load.

    I finally got a decent tech support guy on the phone at Godaddy and he ran a series of tests for me. He started by blaming a plugin or theme issue, however I informed him is was a straight/fresh install with NO plugins, NO extra image files and the default theme and only 1 page. He insisted everything was fine on his end.

    At that point I realized that their "working normal" settings are just not "normal" in the real world.

    At that point you can tell your clients, that their site will be slow to load and they could stand to lose customers by staying with Godaddy, or they can switch to Hostgator (for practically the same cost) and provide a much better user experience to their clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Take Greg's advice and go with Hostgator.

    GoDaddy hosting is, to put it bluntly, terrible. I've done work for many people who were unfortunate enough to have purchased it and my experiences match yours - slow and cumbersome.

    I takes several minutes to create a simple FTP account - other hosts take a few milliseconds. Ditto for creating MySQL databases - you actually have to wait for them to be created!

    I would strongly advise you look elsewhere for quality hosting - you're not going to find it at GoDaddy.

    Bill
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      oh my, yes, GoDaddy is a pretty good registrar but their hosting sucks for database-driven sites. Look for another host. And for the record, Hostgator is just ok. I lot of people recommend them, but I'd shop around if I were you.

      Also, WordPress 3+ improved built-in caching works like a charm so that you don't even need the plugin Super Cache anymore. I use Cache Inspect, though to monitor everything.
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    • Profile picture of the author netwiseprofits
      Originally Posted by mywebwork View Post

      Take Greg's advice and go with Hostgator.

      GoDaddy hosting is, to put it bluntly, terrible. I've done work for many people who were unfortunate enough to have purchased it and my experiences match yours - slow and cumbersome.

      I takes several minutes to create a simple FTP account - other hosts take a few milliseconds. Ditto for creating MySQL databases - you actually have to wait for them to be created!

      I would strongly advise you look elsewhere for quality hosting - you're not going to find it at GoDaddy.

      Bill
      I have noticed with go daddy things being slow, has anyone tried bluehost I have heard they are good. Does anyone have any experience with bluehost and WP.
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      • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
        Originally Posted by netwiseprofits View Post

        I have noticed with go daddy things being slow, has anyone tried bluehost I have heard they are good. Does anyone have any experience with bluehost and WP.
        I've setup WordPress on a BlueHost for a few of my clients, as I recall there were no issues or stumbling blocks.

        Bill
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        • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
          I have used BlueHost and they are ok.

          Out of preference though, I'd use HostGator.

          Jeff.
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          • Profile picture of the author Aperio
            Originally Posted by Jeff Henshaw View Post

            I have used BlueHost and they are ok.

            Out of preference though, I'd use HostGator.

            Jeff.
            I absolutely second that. I have done many installs on BlueHost and it was just fine without any real issues, but I also prefer HostGator. It's just plain easy.

            The first time i ever set up a site on Godaddy I was convinced I had done something wrong since the database still wasn't working five minutes+ later after having set it up... i finally realized that it was a long process of actually having to wait for it to be created... I felt like i had traveled back in time and double checked to make sure i wasn't connecting using some old 2400 baud dial up modem...

            I feel your pains about the GoDaddy situation... Cma, I think a few added installation fees for your time and torture are quite justified
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  • Profile picture of the author netwiseprofits
    Thanks for the info about Bluehost and the hostgator recommendation, now it's time to decide.
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  • Profile picture of the author luxl85
    I set my wordpress blog on ixwebhosting, it is ok too.
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  • Profile picture of the author thomasr
    I have a wordpress sites hosted on both Godaddy and Hostgator.

    Hostgator is so easy because of the C-Panel.

    Also by using the FAntastico button it is a breeze to create a wordpress site.

    heres a good article at ehow How to Set-up a Second Domain/Website | eHow.com
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  • Profile picture of the author ilikepie
    Out of personal experience I would recommend Hostgator or Bluehost. Hosting companies as Godaddy and One.com I would never recommend anyone to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author iamsuneel
    I had been using DreamHost for the past 3 years and never faced a glitch.

    I think you need to look at it's features too. One aspect which drags newbies back is their cost/month is way more than HostGator.

    But, they allow you to set up multiple domains and sub-domains.

    Taking GoDaddy into consideration, are you aware of NODADDY[DOT]com

    Make a visit to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author miked
    Originally Posted by cma01 View Post

    I have a question for those of you who have a Wordpress install on Godaddy. I see that they are specifically promoting that Wordpress can be used on their servers.

    Well, this last weekend I did a simple Wordpress install and set-up for a client. I have never used Godaddy hosting myself and have heard nothing good about it in general; however, she was already with them so I didn't try to push her somewhere else.

    I set up the site and it was so freaking slow it was unbelievable.
    Sorry about your difficulty. A couple of years ago I experienced the same problem and same issues, installing Wordpress on GoDaddy for a paying client, becuase it was "cheap". However, just trying to install WP was a frustrating experience using GoDaddy's interface.

    Personally, based on my past experience, I refuse to use GoDaddy for anything but domain names. I am pretty clear with clients that I don't do GoDaddy.... just say no to hosting with GoDaddy....

    There are so many other better options as mentioned in this thread - HostGator, DreamHost, etc....

    I believe that what is best for your clients is to use another webhost - both you and your client will be happier!

    My thoughts.

    Mike D.
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  • Profile picture of the author sparkingproducts
    I am a certified wordpress developer, and I offer specialized wordpress hosting that makes it run much faster than anything else out there for the price. If you are interested, just PM me, include your e-mail and I'll hook you up.

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  • Profile picture of the author cma01
    Thanks for the input. I do use Hostgator, it's just that some people I work with are already on GoDaddy for hosting and are reluctant to move.

    I have a client using Joomla on Godaddy, and it runs okay . . . it was just a pain to set up with their interface.

    I was just wondering if this Wordpress issue was isolated.

    I think from now on I'm just going to tell them that if they insist on sticking with Godaddy, their site is going to be slow and there will be nothing I can do about it. I think I'll also add on an extra set-up charge just because I know that working with Godaddy's interface will be a hassle.

    I've been with Hostgator so long that I've forgotten what it's like to be with a bad hosting company.
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  • Profile picture of the author ample
    Even to install wordpress takes an hour or so, whereas with my other host, its almost instant.

    Its user console make simple thing so complicate that I almost given up learning "how to setup my own hosting" when I first started.

    Godaddy really isn't up to par except for its domain registration on dot com, which is also nothing to shout about nowadays. Its getting expensive and not worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanhall789
    It is a great combination as Wordpress allows developing free blogs and Godaddy hosting is really cheap and affordable, very useful for promotion and money making.
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  • Profile picture of the author testboss
    try out some other webhosting service if its not working well.
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