Which provider should you choose to host a website for an Indian audience: a local Indian company like HostingRaja, or an international name like GoDaddy? Sure, HostingRaja may provide you with a data center nearer to your target audience, but that alone doesn’t make for quality hosting.
That’s why I decided to take a comprehensive look at both GoDaddy and HostingRaja. I tested each host’s speed, features, and more. After tallying the data, I have to say that GoDaddy is the clear winner. GoDaddy even managed to provide faster loading times than HostingRaja in India, in spite of some performance issues of its own.
This wasn’t the only unexpected revelation in my comparison. GoDaddy may be a big brand and the winner of this comparison, but it could stand to learn from HostingRaja in some areas.
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1. Plans and Pricing
HostingRaja Requires a Big Commitment – GoDaddy Offers Flexible Payment Options
On the whole, GoDaddy’s budget plans are far more expensive than HostingRaja’s. Prices start impressively low with HostingRaja, thanks to some hefty discounts for new customers. Even upon renewal, HostingRaja remains the cheaper option.
However, there is a major caveat. HostingRaja’s entry-level plan requires a three-year commitment, while other plans require at least a year. There’s no monthly billing option. For the best prices, you’d be expected to commit to five years.
The wording of HostingRaja’s money-back guarantee makes a commitment this long a concern. It only offers a full refund in the first 30 days if you can prove you’ve had a “valid technical issue” with the service. Who decides the validity of a technical issue, and how do you prove it?
A free domain name is included with some hosting plans from GoDaddy Hosting
GoDaddy’s entry-level plan requires a minimum three-month commitment, but the rest allow for monthly terms. Obviously, a longer-term commitment gets you a lower price. GoDaddy also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, but it only applies to annual or longer plans – anything less only gets you a 48-hour guarantee.
This is a close one, but GoDaddy wins this round, despite being more expensive – it’s simply the safer option for your cash.
GoDaddy Takes Backups Seriously – HostingRaja Can’t Be Relied Upon
Both hosts provide the tried-and-tested cPanel bundled with the useful Softaculous app installer. If you’ve used cPanel before, you’ll have no problems getting started. If you haven’t, it’s pretty easy to learn once you get over the sheer number of features (and realize that you probably won’t use most of them).
While HostingRaja does offer automatic backups, they are only performed monthly and they aren’t guaranteed. GoDaddy offers daily cloud backups, but this service costs extra. You can of course run manual backups with cPanel at any time.
Email services from these hosts differ significantly. HostingRaja offers fifty basic email accounts for free with its cheapest plan. GoDaddy only offers a free one-year trial for a single Microsoft 365 email account, but once the trial is up you’ll have to pay for it.
GoDaddy offers unmetered bandwidth on all its plans, whereas HostingRaja limits you to 20GB on its entry-level plan. That being said, you can use that 20GB to host up to three websites, whereas GoDaddy’s cheapest plan only allows for a single site.
GoDaddy lists a great number of features that HostingRaja doesn’t, like a free domain name, site stats software, CloudLinux with CageFS to keep your shared hosting account separate from others, and much more. If HostingRaja offers any of these features, they aren’t listed on its website.
If you need email accounts based on your domain name, HostingRaja might be a better choice. But GoDaddy offers a better range of features overall, even if its plans do cost more.
Shared hosting, WordPress, VPS, and dedicated servers
GoDaddy Is More Reliable, Backed by a Better Guarantee
Through a range of partners, HostingRaja offers data centers in at least nine Indian cities, including (according to its website) Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Noida, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Jaipur, and Chennai.
GoDaddy has data centers all over the USA, as well as one in Amsterdam and another in Singapore. The latter is your best bet for serving an Indian audience with a plan from GoDaddy.
With premium plans, HostingRaja also offers the popular, WordPress-optimized LiteSpeed web server. GoDaddy doesn’t reveal what kind of web server it uses, likely because this would not be of interest to a typical GoDaddy customer, but there is no mention of LiteSpeed or the LSCache for WordPress plugin.
Unfortunately, HostingRaja’s 99% uptime guarantee comes up short when compared to GoDaddy’s industry-standard 99.9%. HostingRaja also proved to be less reliable in our tests, delivering a disappointing uptime score of 99.4% over a month of testing. This adds up to about 4.5 hours of total downtime.
GoDaddy managed to provide 99.7% uptime over four months, which is not much better, especially considering this is below its guarantee.
In our page loading speed tests, HostingRaja scored good but inconsistent speeds in India. Sometimes a page would load in under a second – other times, it took closer to seven seconds. See our HostingRaja review for details.
GoDaddy’s shared hosting provided more consistent speeds in India, but at three seconds on average, page loads were not up to the recommended standard of under two seconds. Performance on GoDaddy’s WordPress hosting was better, but it was also less reliable. Check out our GoDaddy review to learn more.
All in all, while GoDaddy is far from being a monster performer, it is the faster and more reliable option.
GoDaddy Charges Extra For Simple Security Measures
HostingRaja takes your security seriously. Every shared hosting plan offers free SSL certificates and ConfigServer’s server-based protection against DDoS and brute force attacks. Premium plans also feature a free malware removal service.
Disappointingly, many of GoDaddy’s security features are locked behind the paid Website Security add-on. The add-on itself isn’t bad, offering an SSL certificate, malware scanning, a firewall, and an annual site cleanup service. But it’s expensive, and there’s a noticeable lack of security features without it.
For example, GoDaddy doesn’t even offer free SSL certificates outside of its most expensive shared hosting plans. HostingRaja easily wins this section as it offers more security features than GoDaddy at no extra charge.
HostingRaja Struggled to Answer Even Basic Questions in a Timely Manner
GoDaddy offers 24/7 live chat and phone support, and there’s even a dedicated phone line for Indian customers. HostingRaja provides 24/7 live chat and tickets, and while it also offers phone support, this is only available from 10AM – 6PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
I wasn’t too happy with the support service I received from either host. GoDaddy’s live chat is rarely available within an acceptable time frame. HostingRaja was even less responsive – sometimes my queries were simply never answered.
Both GoDaddy and HostingRaja preferred an upselling approach. GoDaddy did attempt to help with my queries, but we often spoke in circles.
That said, this was still better help than I got with HostingRaja. Once I got past the upsells, I was simply redirected to the slow ticket support, even for basic problems. While GoDaddy’s support service may have glaring issues of its own, at least you can get an answer in live chat.
HostingRaja does not offer any kind of free hosting. We generally recommend against free hosting, as security and performance are often weak. You’ll have a better hosting experience for a very low price with a budget solution like Hostinger.
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HostingRaja offers LiteSpeed web servers and caching with every WordPress hosting plan. While these plans guarantee a page loading speed of two to three seconds (depending on your chosen plan), this lags a little bit behind the recommended maximum.
Which is better, HostingRaja or GoDaddy?
GoDaddy is the better of the two hosts. It offers superior performance in India, despite not having a local data center. Adding value further is a free domain for the first year, and unmetered bandwidth on all plans. While you could save more money with HostingRaja, you would have to commit for five years to get the best value.
Ryan is an expert freelance writer who spends much of his spare time tinkering with his site, ensuring that everything is up to his high standard. He loves to test new hosting services and website builders to help users get the best value for their money. When he isn’t writing, you can usually find him playing video games, unless his cat is lying on the keyboard, which is sadly a very common occurrence.