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HostPapa vs GoDaddy – Hard to Choose, but I Did [2021]

Mark Holden Mark Holden September 03, 2021
September 03, 2021

GoDaddy may be more established in the web hosting market, but that doesn’t mean it’s better than HostPapa – this comparison proves it.

When I tested both GoDaddy and HostPapa across multiple parameters, I was surprised to see HostPapa win every challenge. It offers better value for money than GoDaddy.

Even though HostPapa came out a winner in this comparison, it still can’t compete with a powerful and affordable host like Hostinger.

Click here to see Hostinger’s latest deals or keep reading to discover what makes HostPapa the winner of this comparison.

1. Plans and Pricing

GoDaddy Has More Plans, but HostPapa is Better Value for Money

Both HostPapa and GoDaddy offer shared, reseller, VPS, and WordPress hosting. GoDaddy also has dedicated server plans.

With HostPapa’s shared hosting, you can choose from three Linux-based plans. GoDaddy has four Linux packages and three for Windows.

A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from HostPapa

Even though GoDaddy has more web hosting packages, HostPapa has better discounts and cheaper renewal rates. You can choose to be billed annually, biennially, or triennially with HostPapa or monthly, annually, biennially, or triennially, with GoDaddy.

HostPapa provides a free domain name, free website migration, and a 30-day money-back guarantee with all shared hosting plans.

You’ll also get a free domain name with GoDaddy’s plans, but website migration only comes with the WordPress hosting packages. GoDaddy provides a 30-day money-back guarantee with annual plans and a 48-hour refund with monthly subscriptions.

HostPapa is the clear winner of the pricing round with its lower prices, more attractive discounts, and free website transfer.

2. Features

Get More Features and Freebies with HostPapa

HostPapa’s three shared hosting plans come with a bunch of exciting freebies and premium features (also for free). You get a free SSL certificate, SSD storage, CloudLinux OS, Git (for tracking changes made to files), Hotlink protection, and Cloudflare integration.

You also get from 100 GB to unlimited disk space, unlimited storage, and 2 to unlimited websites.

With GoDaddy’s four shared hosting plans, you get from 100 GB to unlimited HDD storage, 1 to unlimited websites, 10 to unlimited MySQL databases, unmetered bandwidth, and free Office 365 Email (for the first year).

Unlike HostPapa, GoDaddy doesn’t provide a free CDN, and you’ll only get a free SSL certificate with its higher-value plans.

See more differences between HostPapa and GoDaddy in the following comparison table:

HostPapa GoDaddy
Hosting Types Shared (managed and unmanaged), WordPress hosting, VPS, reseller Shared (Linux and Windows), reseller, WordPress hosting (managed and unmanaged), VPS, dedicated servers
Free Domain
Free SSL Certificate With certain plans
Disk Space 50 GB – Unlimited (depending on the plan) 20 GB – Unlimited
Bandwidth 500 GB – Unlimited (depending on the plan) Unlimited
Automatic Backups Daily with certain plans
Control Panel cPanel cPanel, Plesk
Email Accounts 100 – Unlimited (depending on the plan) 1 Free
Free CDN Only with WordPress hosting
Free Site Migration Only with the fully managed WordPress hosting plans
Money-Back Guarantee 30 days 48 hours or 30 days

The winner here is HostPapa. Its plans come packed with more premium features and free extras compared to GoDaddy.

3. Performance

HostPapa Has Better Uptime and Faster Page Loading Speeds

All of HostPapa’s servers are in Canada and the U.S.A. as it mainly targets North American customers. GoDaddy operates via two server locations – the U.S.A. and India.

HostPapa uses SSD storage with all its plans, while GoDaddy only uses it with some. SSD performs faster than regular HDD storage.

You’ll get free CDN with all of HostPapa’s plans, but GoDaddy only provides it with its WordPress hosting plans. A CDN (Content Delivery Network) boosts your website’s loading speed by placing it on a global network of cloud servers.

Both HostPapa and GoDaddy promise a 99.9% uptime guarantee. HostPapa exceeds its promise by offering a near-perfect actual uptime. In contrast, users reported more downtimes with GoDaddy.

HostPapa also has good page loading speeds from different locations around the world. You can find more detailed performance test results in this full HostPapa review.

[HostPapa] - [Speed test]

I can’t say the same for GoDaddy. Its page loading speeds were slow in most locations. See why GoDaddy gave disappointing test results in this expert GoDaddy review.

[GoDaddy] - [Speed test]

And the winner is? HostPapa. Once again, HostPapa outshines GoDaddy by offering more performance-boosting features, maintaining a stable uptime, and delivering faster speeds.

4. Security

Unlike GoDaddy, HostPapa Has a Wide Range of Security Features

By default, all of HostPapa’s plans come with a wide range of security features, including server firewall, monitoring, intrusion detection, DDoS/Brute-Force protection, secured entrance/exit, network monitoring, and ModSecurity.

On the other hand, GoDaddy’s standard security features include DDoS protection, firewall setups, server hardening, and security audits.

Both hosts run CloudLinux OS on all Linux-based shared hosting servers. CloudLinux OS securely isolates your account to protect it against threats targeting others on the same server.

Both hosts offer free automatic daily backups, but only with higher-value plans.

As previously mentioned, HostPapa’s plans all come with a free CDN, while GoDaddy only includes a CDN with its WordPress hosting plans. A further advantage to a CDN is that it adds a layer of DDoS protection.

HostPapa has more security features than GoDaddy, making it the better option when it comes to your website’s security.

5. Support

HostPapa Has More Support Channels and Helpful Staff

Both HostPapa and GoDaddy have comprehensive and organized knowledgebases with articles and tutorials covering a range of topics.

You can reach HostPapa’s customer support 24/7 via live chat, phone, email, support ticket, mail, and fax. It is available in four languages – English, French, Spanish, and German. Also, phone support is available through multiple global toll-free call centers serving different countries and regions.

I went for the live chat and had all my questions answered right away, hassle-free.

[HostPapa] - [Support chat]

HostPapa also has a free 30-minute training session with one of its experts.

In contrast, GoDaddy’s customer support is only available via live chat and phone. Only phone support is available 24/7, while the live chat is online during weekdays.

Unlike HostPapa, I was disappointed when I got in touch with one of GoDaddy’s representatives. The agent wasn’t very helpful.

[GoDaddy] - [Support chat]

HostPapa wins the support challenge with ease by providing more helpful resources, a free training session, and knowledgeable customer support staff.

GoDaddy Loses Out to HostPapa

Despite its fewer years in the web hosting business, HostPapa defeated GoDaddy in all five categories. HostPapa has more affordable prices, more freebies with its plans, higher performance, better security measures, and helpful support.

Nevertheless, HostPapa didn’t make it to our list of the best web hosting services. So, if you are looking for an even more reliable hosting service, I recommend Hostinger.

HostPapa
GoDaddy
Plans and Pricing
Cheaper than GoDaddy. 30-day money-back guarantee
More expensive than HostPapa. 48-hour and a 30-day money-back guarantee (Depending on the term)
Key Features
Free domain, free website migration, SSD storage, free SSL certificate, free JetPack, up to unlimited email accounts
Free domain, free site migration (with certain plans), HDD storage with most plans, and free SSL (with higher-value plans)
Performance
Server locations in North America. Free CDN with all plans. Faster loading speeds and better uptime
Servers in the U.S.A. and India. Free CDN with specific plans. More downtimes. Slower page loading speeds
Security
Server firewall, monitoring, intrusion detection, DDoS/Brute-Force protection, secured entrance/exit, network monitoring, ModSecurity, CloudLinux OS, free automatic daily backups with higher value plans only
DDoS protection, 24/7 server monitoring, strong firewalls, and free daily backups with specific plans
Support
Highly organized and comprehensive knowledgebase, free 30-minute one-on-one training session, 24/7 live chat, phone, support ticket, email, and fax, high responsiveness, the support staff are very helpful
Comprehensive knowledgebase, 24/7 phone support through global call centers, live chat, low responsiveness and availability, the staff are less helpful

FAQ

Is HostPapa better than GoDaddy?Yes. HostPapa offers better value for money than GoDaddy with cheaper prices, more premium features with all its plans, higher performance, and helpful customer support. However, neither host has made it to our top 10 list of the best web hosting services.Does GoDaddy use SSD?Only with certain plans. You can only get SSD storage from GoDaddy if you subscribe to any of its VPS and dedicated server plans. Is GoDaddy not quite right for you? Check out the best cheap and fast SSD hosting services.Is HostPapa fast?I’d say it’s average. Although not the fastest in the web hosting market, HostPapa is fast enough for small websites and light businesses that don’t get much traffic. Learn how you can easily carry out a proper web hosting server performance test.

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Suraj Pahuja
could you elaborate the Concurrent Connections (EP), (nPROC) , IO Limit and Physical CPU cores and RAM allocated in Hostpapa Business Pro (Shared) vs. Godaddy Ultimate(Shared) Hosting
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Martina Bogdanovic
Hi Suraj, Thanks for the suggestion, we will look into creating an article including this information.
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