GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Review & Startup Guide
GoDaddy released Managed WordPress Hosting to some mixed reviews. But we’re here to give you an unbiased look at how their Managed WordPress Hosting plan operates and some of the features you’ll find if you do decide to give it a try.
What Managed WordPress Hosting Means For You
So you want to start your own blog, or maybe a website for your business, or a splash page for your band – whatever your reasons, you’ve made a great choice by choosing to run your site on WordPress. It’s one of the easiest and most popular website platforms available. You don’t have to be a designer or a developer to create your own website. But you do need hosting to run WordPress, and to make life easier on yourself Managed Hosting is the way to go.
We’ve written before about what you need to know about managed WordPress hosting and how to choose the right WordPress hosting for you, and the real benefit is that you can rest easy knowing that your host is taking care of your WordPress installation for you. They install core WordPress updates, check plugins for compatibility and manage your security.
This means no more stressing about remembering to update your WordPress installation, no more breaking your website thanks to a rogue plugin, and no more staying up at night wondering if your website is overtly vulnerable to a hack attack. All in all, managed WordPress hosting means less time and energy spent worrying about the maintenance of your installation, so you have more time to work on your content.
GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting
GoDaddy does everything we just mentioned and more. GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting plans start at just $6.29 per month and give you reliable and automatic WordPress updates, speed boosting caching, a helpful plugin blacklist and sFTP & phpMyAdmin access (if that’s something you know how to use, but for newbies this last feature probably isn’t one you’re going to use right now).
When you purchase an annual Managed WordPress Hosting plan from GoDaddy you also receive a free domain name. This helps make setup even easier. Since your domain name is also from your hosting provider there is no need to point it over to your server saving you a few time consuming steps when creating new sites. Another time saver is built-in caching. No need for added plugins or plans – GoDaddy’s built-in caching not only helps speed up your site and is yet another feature you don’t have to setup yourself.
Another great feature is in-dashboard support. Once you’ve setup your WordPress site you’ll see a handy blue tab on the right of your screen for “Feedback & Support.” Just click on the tab and a lightbox opens where you can search the GoDaddy knowledgebase, read through peoples ideas for updates, and submit your own support tickets and feedback. This tab is present on every page of you dashboard, so if you run into a problem or think of a creative solution you can send GoDaddy a quick message.
When you’re logged into your WordPress site you will see a user toolbar at the top of your page. This is where GoDaddy has added in a few helpful quick links to save you some time. First up, the Flush Cache link clears your cache so you can see any theme changes you’ve made live.
This tool bar also includes a link to your GoDaddy Settings. Click this link to be take to your own personal GoDaddy gateway where you can see snapshots of all your hosting account. This is a great tool if you plan on creating lots of websites on different plans (e.g. if you’re a web designer or if you manage multiple websites), and it makes it easy to locate your SFTP and database information should you need it.
GoDaddy Support Test
As a service to you we decided to try out the GoDaddy support for ourselves. As a test we first re-saved our test site permalinks to make sure they were set to use the postname. Then we went to our GoDaddy Settings and clicked on the Settings button to retrieve our SFTP and connect to our server. Then we deleted the entire .htaccess file and replaced it with a smiley face essentially breaking the website on purpose to see if support could figure it out.