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InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy Web Hosting Comparison

by Martin NortonSeptember 12, 2017

If you’ve narrowed your choices down to InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy for a web host, you’re probably wondering if the smaller brand can deliver the same quality as GoDaddy. You may be surprised to find that InMotion Hosting has an edge over GoDaddy in several key categories. Below we have compared InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy based on performance, features, prices, security, usability, and also customer support.

InMotion Hosting versus GoDaddy – Performance

Despite being one of the biggest names in the industry, GoDaddy has received negative reviews on their performance and reliability. GoDaddy promises an uptime of 99.9% or higher with their web hosting plans.

Some professional reviews have given GoDaddy positive ratings in terms of performance, so you may decide the web host is still worth giving a try.

InMotion Hosting, in contrast, has received positive reviews from customers on its performance. They have a higher uptime than GoDaddy of 99.97%. InMotion Hosting also has never had any major outages either, and they don’t oversell servers.

InMotion Hosting versus GoDaddy – Prices & Features

GoDaddy has similar prices as InMotion Hosting. Their shared hosting plans cost $7.99-$16.99 per month. Similarly, InMotion Hosting’s comparable business web hosting ranges from $7.99-$15.99 per month. Business web hosting at GoDaddy, however, is more expensive at $29.99-$49.99 monthly.

GoDaddy has Windows and Linux plans for their dedicated servers. Their Windows plans are a bit more expensive than their Linux plans. GoDaddy’s Windows dedicated hosting costs $199.99-$379.99 per month, compared to $169.99-$349.99 per month for their Linux plans.

InMotion Hosting doesn’t offer cheaper dedicated servers. Their dedicated hosting for Linux ranges from $189.99-$589.99 per month.

Hosting CompanyPrice Range/MonthDomainsDisk Space (Min to Max)Bandwidth (Min to Max)
InMotion Hosting$7.99 – $589.992 to unlimited75 GB to unlimited800 GB to unlimited
GoDaddy$7.99-$379.991 to unlimited1 GB to unlimitedUnmetered

It’s a close call but we would say InMotion Hosting has better pricing when included features are taken into consideration.

InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy – Security

GoDaddy works to keep hosted websites safe via 24/7 security monitoring and DDoS protection. Their dedicated servers use RAID storage to improve security. RAID storage saves data on multiple disks.

Although it increases security, RAID storage decreases performance. Similar to GoDaddy, InMotion Hosting monitors servers 24/7 and provides DDoS protection.

InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy – Usability

GoDaddy has put effort in improving their interface from a usability perspective. They also offer one-click app installations, making it easier to build a professional website. Examples of apps you can install include eCommerce shops, WordPress, and Joomla.

InMotion Hosting also has a user friendly interface. Additional features they have to make web hosting easier are free set ups on dedicated servers and a resource monitoring dashboard.

InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy – Customer Service

According to Ryan Frankel, a hosting expert, GoDaddy has had poor customer service in the past but has significantly improved. GoDaddy’s customer support is open 24/7.

Some customers have reported in their reviews that GoDaddy’s customer support was rude to them and incapable of solving the problem they were experiencing.

InMotion Hosting, on the other hand, has received rave reviews about their customer service. They are also one of the few web hosts to keep their support located in the United States. Additionally, they train their customer service representatives extensively before letting them serve customers.

InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy – Pros & Cons

InMotion Hosting

Pros

  • 99.97% uptime;
  • Good speed and performance;
  • They don’t oversell servers;
  • Customer support is based in the United States;
  • Their customer support representatives receive training before serving customers;
  • Helpful security features, including DDoS protection and advanced firewalls;
  • 24/7 server security monitoring.

Cons

  • You can’t get your money back on add-on purchases if you ask for a refund;
  • Yearlong contracts.

GoDaddy

Pros

  • 24/7 security monitoring;
  • 99.9% or higher uptime guarantee;
  • DDoS protection;
  • User friendly interface;
  • One-click app installations;
  • Customer support is available 24/7.

Cons

  • Some customers have given them negative reviews on performance, reliability, and customer service;
  • The RAID storage they use for dedicated servers decreases performance.

InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy – Rating

Hosting CompanyPerformanceFeaturesPricesSecurityUsabilityCustomer Support
InMotion Hosting9/108/108/109/108/1010/10
GoDaddy7/107/107/108/109/107/10

Verdict

Between InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy, we think InMotion Hosting is the better web host. They scored higher than GoDaddy in all categories, except usability. InMotion Hosting also maintains high performance by not overselling their servers like many other web hosts do. Additionally, they  do better than most others, including iPage in a long list of defeated competitors.

Have you tried InMotion Hosting or GoDaddy before? Share your experiences in the comments to help others choose between the two.

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