Google Cloud Platform runs on the same infrastructure as Google Search and YouTube. Focused completely on enterprise-level cloud hosting, Google Cloud Platform is ideal for businesses and enterprises with a growing or fluctuating demand. On the other hand, GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain registrar with a varied bouquet of hosting services to meet almost all needs. I’ve tested both these hosts and found that despite being more popular, Google Cloud Platform lags behind GoDaddy.
You can check out GoDaddy’s latest deals here or read on to know how it beats Google Cloud Platform in this GoDaddy vs. Google Cloud competition.
1. Plans and Pricing
GoDaddy beats Google Cloud Platform with its budget-friendly pricing
GoDaddy offers a wide variety of hosting with prices to suit everyone – from beginners to growing start-ups as well as small and mid-sized businesses. With its focus on enterprise-level cloud hosting, Google cloud hosting pricing is steep. Google Cloud Platform bills you on usage basis though understanding the amount you’ll be billed is pretty confusing to find out, even when you use the cost calculator. If you’re a beginner with a little to zero tech knowledge and budget is a concern, GoDaddy is the better choice, provided you sign up for the annual or longer term.
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GoDaddy gives you a 30-day money-back guarantee (with its annual plans) and a 48-hour refund (with its monthly plans. With Google Cloud Platform, you’ll get a 12-month free trial with $300 credit.
With its budget-friendly pricing, GoDaddy wins this round.
GoDaddy wins with its beginner-friendly features
From shared (Linux/Windows and WordPress) hosting to email hosting, VPS, and dedicated servers, GoDaddy offers them all. With its Linux shared hosting plans, you’ll get multiple beginner-friendly features like a free domain with the annual plan, conditional free SSL certificate (with the highest plan), 1-click installer with 125+ free applications, and automatic backups (paid add-on). You’ll also get a free website builder to create a professional site or online store with no technical knowledge. But don’t go looking for such beginner-friendly features in Google Cloud Platform as its focus is on enterprise-level cloud hosting. It does offer several powerful features, but they are suitable for developers and high-demand websites. For beginners or hobbyists, such features would simply be overkill.
You can take a look at this head-to-head feature comparison table:
|GoDaddy||Google Cloud Platform|
|Hosting Types||Shared hosting (Linux and Windows), WordPress hosting, email hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated servers||Enterprise-level cloud hosting|
|Free SSL Certificate||✓(with the highest plan)||×|
|Disk Space||30GB-unlimited||Resizable based on your needs|
|Control Panel||cPanel||Browser-based Google Cloud Console|
|Free CDN||✓( WordPress hosting)||×|
|Free Site Migration||✓||✓|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30-day for annual plans; 48-hour refund for monthly plans||×|
GoDaddy wins this round of Google hosting vs. GoDaddy hosting battle with its beginner-friendly features.
Google Cloud Platform wins with its better uptime SLA and redundancy
With data centers in 20 locations across the world, Google Cloud Platform delivers global coverage across 200+ countries and regions.
Google Cloud Platform offers up to 99.99% monthly uptime SLA backed by 10%-50% financial credits for downtime. Get details by checking our expert Google Cloud Platform review.
GoDaddy gives you a 99.9% uptime guarantee though it outperformed consistently over the past year as our performance tests noticed. Head over to our expert GoDaddy review to get more details.
Since it offers redundancy by spreading its instances across multiple zones and provides a better uptime SLA, Google Cloud Platform wins this round.
Google Cloud Platform wins this round hands down
When you compare Google Cloud Platform and GoDaddy, you’ll notice that both offer a range of security features. With GoDaddy, you’ll get free/managed SSL certificates, Cage FS, data backups, daily malware scans, and paid website security plans. From data and application security to secure identity and access management, endpoint security, user protection services, security monitoring and operations, and much more, Google Cloud Platform is up to date with all the necessary international standards to satisfy and help you meet your regulatory, policy, and business goals. To tighten its security further, Google Cloud Platform also partners with several security-centric firms.
With its extensive security, Google Cloud Platform outperforms GoDaddy in this round.
Though erratic, GoDaddy’s support is easily accessible, unlike steeply-priced Google Cloud Platform’s
Though GoDaddy offers 24/7 customer support through live chat and phone (with dedicated lines for dozens of countries), our expert reviewer found that at times, it could be somewhat unpredictable. However, you’ll get adequate self-help through its community forums and knowledgebase packed with useful articles and video tutorials.
Though you’ll get free trial support and basic billing support at no charge from Google Cloud Platform, its 3-tier paid support via web, phone, and chat range from steep to insanely expensive. These prices make Google Cloud Platform’s support suitable just for enterprises while deterring anyone else. For self-service, you’ll get developer communities, documentation, and help center.
Easy accessibility to its support makes GoDaddy win this round.
GoDaddy Emerges as a Surprise Winner
Despite being one of the world’s leading cloud IaaS providers, Google Cloud Platform’s cloud hosting plans aren’t the cheapest in the market. With its expensive customer service, it doesn’t score any favorable points either. In contrast, GoDaddy offers plans with beginner-friendly features, scores well on its performance, and offers decent and easily accessible support, which helped it win this battle with Google Cloud Platform. However, neither of these hosts made it into our top 10. To know the ones that did, check our list of the best web hosting services.
|GoDaddy||Google Cloud Platform|
|Plans and Pricing||Competitively priced shared, WordPress, VPS, and dedicated server hosting plans||Cloud hosting plans with steep pricing|
|Key Features||Free domain with the annual plan, conditional free SSL certificate (with the highest plan), 1-click installer, free website builder, and automatic backups (as paid add-on)||Multiple powerful features suitable for developers and high-demand websites|
|Performance||99.9% uptime guarantee (though it consistently outperforms); CDN (with its WordPress plans)||99.5% and 99.99% monthly uptime SLA for single instances and those in multiple zones respectively (backed by 10%-50% financial credits)|
|Security||Free/managed SSL certificates, Cage FS, data backups, daily malware scans, and paid website security plans||Data and application security, secure identity and access management, endpoint security, user protection services, security monitoring and operations, and more|
|Support||24/7 live chat and phone; community forums and knowledgebase||Free trial support and basic billing support at no charge plus 3-tier paid support via web, phone, and chat; developer communities, documentation, and help center for self-support|