Why GoDaddy Hosting Rocks!

I wanna go faster, Daddy! Faster!

When I registered my first domain, it was with… GoDaddy. Not surprising, since GoDaddy has been the largest domain registrar for many, many years; and I think the majority of people who have that “I wonder if…” moment automatically think of GoDaddy first.

I suppose having half naked girls in SuperBowl commercials hawking GoDaddy’s services just might have an impact as well ?

So, when I got the domain, at first I had it pointed to hosting at Blogger.com because that seemed easiest at the time. I knew nothing about “real” hosting, and Blogger was an easy blogging platform to use – especially because it integrated with Adsense.

(And now you know why I purchased my first domain – I was going to get rich with Adsense! Ooops)

I stayed on Blogger for awhile. That is, until I discovered all of the things I couldn’t do. At the same time, I learned how PHP was gaining in popularity, and I figured it would be a good skill set for me to develop.

I wanted to do WordPress – I needed to get some web hosting.

Growth of GoDaddy domains

So, to make a long story short, I got a hosting account at GoDaddy. At first, it was fine. I liked working with WordPress in a “real” environment. I bought a few more domains and added them to the account.

Then, over time, things started getting bad, and it seemed like I had made a rookie mistake. I started experiencing lots of downtime, sloooow response, weird issues with their non-standard interface. For a short period of time things work work OK, and then for another period things would go to hell. I was flip-flopping between fair and really crappy service.

I started checking online. All (and I mean ALL) of the forum posts I read talked about how crappy GoDaddy hosting was. I thought I had made a BIG mistake by going with GoDaddy.

So, a little over a year ago I decided to check into other hosting accounts, and I finally settled on WestHost at the recommendation of a blogger I admire. He seemed to think they were by far the best he had ever seen, and that was enough for me. Although their price was double what I had been paying, I made the leap and got one of their business accounts.

Multiple racks of servers

The plan was to slowly transition site over from GoDaddy to WestHost, and then cancel the Godaddy account. I would keep Godady as the domain registrars, but point everything to WestHost’s servers.

The first site I moved over was a small site, but one that was slow as molasses on Godaddy’s servers. I literally screamed on WestHost’s servers. “Ah”, I thought, “now we’re cooking with gas”. With excitement, I started moving everything over in one fell swoop. That is, until I hit a certain point and got these really odd messages – “You Have Exceeded Your Resource Limits”.

Huh? I thought the sales page said unlimited sites, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage…? Well, it did say that, but it said nothing about actual CPU usage, which apparently I was using like it was nobody’s business. WordPress can be greedy. Hmmm. So, maybe WestHost actually wasn’t the best choice for me – or, at least the shared hosting account wasn’t.

So, I decided to just put the most important domains on WestHost, and keep the minor sites on GoDaddy’s servers. Eventually, I could upgrade the WestHost to a reseller account – or better yet their top-o-the-line “Cloud” hosting account – and then move everything and abandon the “crappy” GoDaddy hosting.

But then something odd started happening. Over a period of time the sites I had on GoDaddy start performing better. Odd. That shouldn’t happen. A little bit at a time, they started “competing” with the quick performance of the WestHost sites, until eventually they started out-performing WestHost.

Slow

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked at performance logs. The WestHost sites were experiencing 5+ second response time, sometimes crawling up into the 15 second range. The GoDaddy sites all seemed to be in the 5 second range or lower. And, I was still getting those stupid “Resource Limits” messages from WestHost.

I thought I’d screwed something up royally. I reloaded WordPress on the WestHost sites numerous times, but that affected nothing. I then started tracking errors in the PHP error logs. A few of the error messages I could fix by adjusting plugins and/or themes, but a large number seemed to be of the “MYSQL went away” variety, which I could not seem to affect.

I tried several caching plugins, but if anything, they seemed to slow things down even more – especially initial page loads.

I contacted WestHost’s support, but all they could tell me is that I was exceeding my CPU timeslice, and that was the major cause of all the errors. I asked, “Well, aren’t you supposed to have tuned your system for WordPress? I thought that was one of your selling points”.

Their answer was “not really”. Apparently, they had the system set up at a sort-of “average” for all the CMS apps they supported. WordPress likes things a certain way, but Joomla like some different setting, and so on. NOT the answer I wanted to hear. The future with WestHost didn’t look bright.

So, I set out (again) in search of a new hosting account. I visited tons of forums, and got many of the same stories. HostGator is great. HostGator is bad. BlueHost is good. BlueHost is bad. And so on. In my research I discovered that many (if not all) of the “standard” web hosts had either merged with, or been taken over by, a couple of big corporations who really didn’t give a crap about the “little guy”.

Danica Patrick, Turn 1 - Team Andretti GoDaddy...

There were a few WordPress specialty hosts I came across (they only did WordPress), but their price range was way out of my league. You had to have some pretty profitable sites to buy their hosting. Some of their user swore by them, but again, you have to make pretty good money to fund what they were asking for their services.

So, I started looking at Godaddy again. I found out that while I’d been playing “doctor” with my WestHost sites, they had been quietly buying up more and more server rack space, and had been upgrading their equipment to Cloud standards. I also read a couple reviews on the WPMU.org blog that gave GoDaddy some pretty good marks compared to many of the more popular hosts.

To make a long story short (boy, I haven’t done that so far, have I?), I’m completely back on GoDaddy now. And I love it. My sites are ALL fast now, I’m not seeing the kind of errors in the logs I was seeing, caching is working again, and my monthly cost for hosting has dropped. What more could I ask for?

And that, my friends, is why GoDaddy Hosting rocks! (For now, anyway :))

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    • Divayansh Bargotra
    • December 5, 2013
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    How Do I Add Files To My Godaddy Domain? I bought a godaddy domain yesterday and I don’t know how to add files in it. Need a little help please.

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      There are three elements to a website:
      Domain Registration
      Hosting
      Files (HTML or other..)

      If you have bought just a domain, then you will also need to get a hosting plan – but be aware that there is no need to use GoDaddy for this – I use separate services for domain registration and hosting because registrars are not always best value for money for hosting. I wrote a short article about the services I use here:
      http://www.livewyre.net/cheapwebhosting.php
      You can even get free hosting – check out the link below
      Once you have your hosting, you just ‘point’ your GoDaddy domain at the host server through the GoDaddy ‘dashboard’
      Once you have your hosting plan, you may have a site builder facility or will need to ‘FTP’ your files onto the server, remember that your homepage should be called ‘index.htm’ or ‘index.php’ etc..

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    • TZL
    • December 13, 2013
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    Can Someone Help Me To Analyze This Amplifier? http://sound.westhost.com/p12_fig1.gif

    what does the triangle below C3 mean?

    why are D1,D2,D3 in series?(what for?)
    formulas for diode please?

    are Q2,Q5 pnp?
    if so,what are the formulas?

    R10,R11
    what is OR47?

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      • Admin
      • December 13, 2013
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      The triangle below C3 is a symbol for earth. It’s not strictly correct.

      D1,D2 and D3 are in series because the designer wants to use the intrinsic voltage drop of the diodes (0.6v). Three give a drop of 1.8v

      Q2 and Q5 are PNP.

      R10 and R11 are 0.47 Ohms.

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    • Jmoyz28
    • December 15, 2013
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    What Is The Best Phono Cartridge And Stylus? I recently bought a turntable and need a new cartridge and stylus but I do not know much bout them. Does anyone know any good names I should look for. I would be willing to spend 75$ – 100$ on a good one.

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      • Admin
      • December 15, 2013
      Reply

      This is an electronic site but it has many links to Hifi and audio sites:
      http://sound.westhost.com/index2.html
      Good luck!!

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    • Venu
    • January 9, 2014
    Reply

    How To Decrease Page Loading Speed In WordPress Website? WordPress is seo friendly site, so i installed a lot of plugins, then it’s influence the webpage loading speed. So i removed un-used plugins and deleted empty tables in the database. A little bit speed increased.

    But how to get normal stage and how to improve website’s page loading speed?
    Images is one of the biggest problems.

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      Minimize the usage of plugins, you can edit the code of your theme to get the functionality of those plugins. Use a WordPress plugin named “P3 Plugin Profiler” to identify which plugin takes too much resources and affecting page speed.
      Your web host might be a problem. Dedicated and VPS servers have good server response time than a normal shared hosting provide.
      You can reduce server response time by signing up to PageSpeed service. Find how to do that: http://www.revealingthestuffs.com/increase-page-speed-score

      Images plays a vital role in page loading time. Compress it before uploading. Don’t use Lazy load plugins, because your images will not be loaded if you are accessing your blog through a mobile.

      Avoid using themes that has unnecessary elements and features.

      Use W3 total cache or WP super cache, if your hosting provider allows you. Finally enable GZIP compression. It could be done by adding a piece of code in .htaccess file.

      Hope these help ?

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    • Brandon Braun
    • January 12, 2014
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    Why Does This Circuit Not Work In MultiSim Yet It Works In Real Life? I recently acquired multisim so i could “build” my circuits and test them before i actually physically build them….anyways, i decided to test this circuit here on the program

    http://sound.westhost.com/project37.htm

    and according to the designer of the circuit, it works beautifully…yet on the Multi Sim, i put a 1khz 1v peak A.C waveform on the input for the circuit and when i ran the simulation, the output was majorly distorted! there are so many spikes and dips on it i could hardly tell it from the original waveform! and yet i copied the circuit exactly, part for part….what is going on here? how can the simulation say the circuit stinks and yet it apparently works perfectly in real life?

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      The most likely answer is you made a mistake in the input to Multi Sim. Things to check are

      All component values are correct. If you make an error in the units, a value may be off by 1000 or 1000000 times.

      All the connections are correct, and you haven’t accidentally used the same node number twice.

      All points that should be grounded are grounded, likewise the Power supply connections

      Check you have the potentiometer set up correctly, i.e not with the slider at one end of the track (see the comments in the link you gave for what it does)

      If you were doing a time domain analysis, the time step is sensible. Try setting it to about 1/100 of the period of the input, i.e. 10 microseconds for a 1 kHz signal.

      If you can’t find anything, run the model with no input and check the DC voltages at all the nodes look sensible. Since your real circuit is working, you can measure the values on the real circuit and compare them with the simulation, if you don’t want to do hand calculations to find what they should be.

      I don’t have Multi Sim but the above advice apples to any circuit simulation software.

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    • Vishwanath
    • January 17, 2014
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    How To Make Website Created Using WordPress Available In Internet? Am new to WordPress and have created “website” using it which of-course is available to my PC locally. But how to access that from internet? Is it possible?

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      Have a domain name and a hosting account.

      install wordpress and export your locally created wordpress website. ready to go.

      domain name: http://www.godaday.com
      hosting: http://www.hostgator.com

      for installation of wordpress: codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

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    • Anonymous
    • February 1, 2014
    Reply

    Making A WordPress Theme From Scratch? I’m starting a website that includes daily news, and other various posts that need to be sorted automatically by date/tags etc. I’ve looked around and WordPress seems the best option for me (unless you think different). I’ve got my HTML for my site, I know the layout and have all the final graphics, I just have no idea how to incorporate wordpress into my site.

    Is there no way I can just tell WordPress where to put the posts etc?

    Really need to make a custom theme so this all works, if there’s no way of doing this, what free Content Management Systems are there out there that I can add to a pre-exsiting site?

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    • Fidel C
    • February 18, 2014
    Reply

    GoDaddy Website Question? So i bought the personal website builder and I want to make a website but if i make the website, can i upgrade to one of the more expensive plans? and still be able to use the same website?

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      • Admin
      • February 18, 2014
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      Godaddy always makes it very easy to upgrade to their more expensive plans. If you want to upgrade to the Business or Business Plus Plan, the only difference is that the restrictions on your Personal plan will be lifted.
      Oh and if you’re going to spend money with Godaddy, use some coupon codes. You should always get at least 40% off Godaddy’s regular prices (I’ll include a link in my sources for you).

      I hope that helps!

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    • Ecza
    • March 1, 2014
    Reply

    Where Can I Find A Simple Class A Audio Amplifier Circuit Design?

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    • Tatesmom
    • March 15, 2014
    Reply

    Help With Filezilla And Godaddy.com? I have filezilla installed on my computer and I have a domain name through godaddy.com. I enter all of my information correctly but when it loads it says that it is waiting for the welcome message. After about 1 minute it says it timed out. Please help me. thanks.

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      Hi tatesmom,

      If you ONLY have a domain name, then you must have a host too. A host is the storage space for your pages/files/images, etc. Your Filezilla FTP account will only connect to your host. If you don’t have one yet, then you can purchase them through godaddy.com

      If you just registered the domain name, it won’t be available for about 48 hours. It usually takes about that long to propagate through the internet.

      Once you have a host, then you go to the domain registrar control panel and point the nameservers to the host:

      example:
      NS1.yourhostns.com
      NS2.yourhostns.com

      Godaddy hosting has a page to help with this…that is if you have a hosting account along with your domain name:
      http://help.godaddy.com/article/664

      It says:
      March 11, 2008 - Present
      ns51.domaincontrol.com
      ns52.domaincontrol.com

      So, filezilla will be able to connect to the host, but it doesn’t connect to a domain name alone. The domain name must be pointed to the host, and the host has to be registered for the domain name…and then you can connect and start uploading files.

      Best regards,

      subexpression

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    • Tatesmom
    • March 23, 2014
    Reply

    Help With Filezilla And Godaddy.com? I have filezilla installed on my computer and I have a domain name through godaddy.com. I enter all of my information correctly but when it loads it says that it is waiting for the welcome message. After about 1 minute it says it timed out. Please help me. thanks.

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      Hi tatesmom,

      If you ONLY have a domain name, then you must have a host too. A host is the storage space for your pages/files/images, etc. Your Filezilla FTP account will only connect to your host. If you don’t have one yet, then you can purchase them through godaddy.com

      If you just registered the domain name, it won’t be available for about 48 hours. It usually takes about that long to propagate through the internet.

      Once you have a host, then you go to the domain registrar control panel and point the nameservers to the host:

      example:
      NS1.yourhostns.com
      NS2.yourhostns.com

      Godaddy hosting has a page to help with this…that is if you have a hosting account along with your domain name:
      http://help.godaddy.com/article/664

      It says:
      March 11, 2008 - Present
      ns51.domaincontrol.com
      ns52.domaincontrol.com

      So, filezilla will be able to connect to the host, but it doesn’t connect to a domain name alone. The domain name must be pointed to the host, and the host has to be registered for the domain name…and then you can connect and start uploading files.

      Best regards,

      subexpression

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    • John w
    • April 14, 2014
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    SIMPLE Question About Godaddy? I design sites for a living but never had to deal with godaddy yet i heard it sucks and now i think i see why

    in a nut shell i landed a new client of course he has godaddy

    he has a site up and running i need to make a few changes to it

    but for the life of me i can not find the files of the website to even edit
    so i need a step by step of how to get to the control panel and/or were ever you can click on a file and then edit it

    told you it was simple:)

    thank you

    of for you smart a$$$ out there I CAN NOT CALL HIM he is on the east coast:)
    i doubt they would tel me how to log in to another persons account would they?
    yes i found the ftp thing but i dont want that he didnt give me the username pass for that

    currently i have clients on 6 or 7 different hosting companies every other one has a control panel then manage domain or something and then a list of files and sub dir that you can edit you can not edit a file that way you have to do FTP or no way @ all with go daddy

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      I have found godaddy’s control panel a bit weak, but they have ftp which is perfect for my, but you need to set it up seperately from the normal account, if you go the the control panel (accessable from the “my account”>”hosting accounts” section of godaddy) there should be a “setings”>”manage ftp users” entry which gives you access to ftp:// whenre you can upload and download files to your heart’s content (pardon the pun)

      assuming of course you have the same hosting and control panel as me…

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    • Randike2007
    • May 7, 2014
    Reply

    I Want To Mae LED Equaliser Circuit Which Work For Level Of Sound ? Please help any guides ….i want to start making cool circuits ..i know all the basic, well bi more than basic ..i do not know how to program microchips i do not want to do that just yet , i just like start making LED circuits , sound , motion any please where can i find goo d guide lines

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      Try the circuit in this link. Explanation how the circuit works included.

      http://sound.westhost.com/project60.htm

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    • Km
    • May 9, 2014
    Reply

    WordPress Installation Help? I want to install WordPress on my website, but I’ve been using two templates that I created for the website that is of specifically designed for my website. Everything is in a good spot such as: The navigation map at the top, the menu bar on the left, the other stuff on the right bar. (www.zelda-world.net if you want too see the layout). And for the other template, it is for the games themselves (this is a Legend of Zelda fan site so its important), and I kind of need it to be layed out like how it is.

    So is there some way I can install WordPress (I am want WordPress for news updating and its various plugins) and still keep my structure? (I want to make the site look better than it is right now but I still need to maintain that structure)

    OR do I need to go from scratch and just re-design the whole site and link everything together?

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      WordPress is well known for its ease of installation. Under most circumstances installing WordPress is a very simple process and takes less than five minutes to complete. Many web hosts now offer tools (e.g. Fantastico) to automatically install WordPress for you. However, if you wish to install WordPress yourself, the following guide will help. Now with Automatic Upgrade, upgrading is even easier.

      For install the Word Press you need to download Word Press from this Word Press website

      http://wordpress.org/download/

      The latest stable release of WordPress (Version 3.0.1) is available in two formats from the links to your right. If you have no idea what to do with this download, we recommend signing up with one of our web hosting partners that offers a one click install of WordPress or getting a free account on WordPress.com.

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    • PrepareInterview
    • May 23, 2014
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    Godaddy Hosting Issue? I bought hosting at GoDaddy.com. My domain name, however, is registered elsewhere. While setting up my GoDaddy account, I keep on getting this error on step 3: The DNS record is not under our control. Your Web site cannot launch until the record is manually changed to point to your hosting account’s server. To help you preview your Web site before changing your DNS record, we have enabled Preview DNS. Learn More

    The domain name was just purchased and a DNS record has not yet been created. Once created, your DNS record will update automatically.

    I already have the nameservers updated on my domain.. what is the problem? Please help.

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      Just because the name servers are set up at GoDaddy doesn’t mean the domain itself where purchased has been set up. You need to go to the Domain Manager and log into it. Then put GoDaddy’s name server pointers in and save. You should have been told how to do this.

      The only time the name servers are right is when you have bought the domain name from the same hosting site. Even if it is provided free as part of the hosting package, the name servers have already been set correct in the cPanel. When they are separate, then the Domain manager must be also set to point to GoDaddy’s name servers.

      It may take up to 72-hours, but usually less, for the domain name to be picked up. Make sure you have an index.html page at least so you can check. Most hosting services provide a default one.

      Domain manager: https://manage.opensrs.net/

      Ron

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