The best web hosting services of 2024: Expert tested

GoDaddy has made a business of offering as wide an array of services as possible for individuals and small businesses in need of an internet presence. It’s widely known, and many customers enjoy the service.

Pricing begins at $5.99/month for one website. With specific plans, you may be eligible for a free domain name and SSL certificate. Regarding security, automatic WordPress updates are applied and malware scanning services are available. Each plan comes with a one-click WordPress installation, a cPanel, and daily backups. 

Review: GoDaddy: A no muss, no fuss website-building service

Customer service is reasonable, and, although not 24/7, if you need a technical lead to get something accomplished, you can usually find someone with a clue (after jumping through a few hoops, of course). However, the refund policy is restrictive and I would say the host’s website is cluttered, making it difficult to find exactly what service you need — and for what price.

ZDNET author David Gewirtz has decades of experience with GoDaddy, and he has come to respect how this web host provides the key services most customers want. They’re definitely not the best at anything, but they do a good job with almost everything. 

“GoDaddy, in my opinion, is the best web host,” Gerrid Smith, director of E-commerce of Joy Organics, told ZDNET. “They promise a minimum of 99.9% availability. To prevent malicious activities and repel DDoS attacks, their security team works around the clock.”

GoDaddy features: cPanel: Some plans | SSL: Some plans | SSH: Some plans | Backups: Some plans | Money-back guarantee: 30 days for annual plans, 48 hours for monthly plans | Support: 24/7/365 US-based ticket and phone