Real Web Hosting Stats

I'm disgusted with fake hosting "reviews." Here are the results of real performance tests I run regularly on top shared hosts.

Is GoDaddy reliable? GoDaddy Uptime Stats

GoDaddy claims to have fast, secure, and reliable hosting. They were created in 1999 and now host over a million websites. They have data centers throughout the US, primarily in Arizona.

I have purchased a hosting plan on GoDaddy and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here's the plan information I chose:

Plan NameDeluxe Linux Hosting with cPanel
Disk SpaceUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money-Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

Uptime Test

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better.

I use Pingdom to report website uptime. Pingdom is configured to make an HTTP request to the host every minute, and report if it is unreachable. It'll also report an error if the host takes longer than 30 seconds to respond (Yes, that's not actually down, but if your site takes that long to respond it is unusable in my opinion). Pingdom performs this test from at least 3 servers worldwide, and reports a problem if 2/3 servers do no respond.

This test is important if you are concerned about the reliability of your web host (this is important!)

Measuring uptime with Pingdom

GoDaddy Uptime Test Results

GoDaddy (full benchmark) performs alright in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.95 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 94.72 %. GoDaddy's most recent result on Feb 20 was 100.00 percent. GoDaddy has shown rocky uptimes when you first start hosting with them, however after a month things become pretty stable. Their tech team reached out to me to explain that they think it only happens when new customers get added to the server and apache needs to restart - and after the server is full it does not need to reload as often. The stats I've collected seem to support this theory, and they claim they're working on a solution.

Let's see if GoDaddy is consistent in its uptime stats:

Recent Raw Results for GoDaddy

Date Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
2017-02-20100.000 %0 mins0452 ms
2017-02-19100.000 %0 mins0453 ms
2017-02-18100.000 %0 mins0462 ms
2017-02-17100.000 %0 mins0441 ms
2017-02-16100.000 %0 mins0426 ms
2017-02-15100.000 %0 mins0370 ms
2017-02-14100.000 %0 mins0330 ms
2017-02-13100.000 %0 mins0334 ms
2017-02-12100.000 %0 mins0329 ms
2017-02-11100.000 %0 mins0333 ms
2017-02-10100.000 %0 mins0331 ms
2017-02-09100.000 %0 mins0342 ms
2017-02-08100.000 %0 mins0368 ms
2017-02-07100.000 %0 mins0417 ms
2017-02-06100.000 %0 mins0506 ms
2017-02-05100.000 %0 mins0383 ms
2017-02-04100.000 %0 mins0385 ms
2017-02-03100.000 %0 mins0377 ms
2017-02-02100.000 %0 mins0482 ms
2017-02-01100.000 %0 mins0433 ms
2017-01-31100.000 %0 mins0397 ms
2017-01-30100.000 %0 mins0424 ms
2017-01-29100.000 %0 mins0426 ms
2017-01-28100.000 %0 mins0427 ms
2017-01-27100.000 %0 mins0428 ms
2017-01-26100.000 %0 mins0443 ms
2017-01-25100.000 %0 mins0441 ms
2017-01-24100.000 %0 mins0449 ms
2017-01-23100.000 %0 mins0488 ms
2017-01-22100.000 %0 mins0502 ms
2017-01-21100.000 %0 mins0510 ms
2017-01-20100.000 %0 mins0515 ms
2017-01-19100.000 %0 mins0451 ms
2017-01-18100.000 %0 mins0496 ms
2017-01-17100.000 %0 mins0518 ms
2017-01-16100.000 %0 mins0508 ms
2017-01-15100.000 %0 mins0487 ms
2017-01-14100.000 %0 mins0462 ms
2017-01-13100.000 %0 mins0445 ms
2017-01-12100.000 %0 mins0499 ms
2017-01-11100.000 %0 mins0507 ms
2017-01-10100.000 %0 mins0532 ms
2017-01-09100.000 %0 mins0526 ms
2017-01-08100.000 %0 mins0482 ms
2017-01-07100.000 %0 mins0465 ms
2017-01-06100.000 %0 mins0458 ms
2017-01-05100.000 %0 mins0486 ms
2017-01-04100.000 %0 mins0480 ms
2017-01-03100.000 %0 mins0504 ms
2017-01-02100.000 %0 mins0479 ms
2017-01-01100.000 %0 mins0417 ms
2016-12-31100.000 %0 mins0413 ms
2016-12-30100.000 %0 mins0476 ms
2016-12-29100.000 %0 mins0491 ms
2016-12-28100.000 %0 mins0487 ms
2016-12-27100.000 %0 mins0457 ms
2016-12-26100.000 %0 mins0473 ms
2016-12-25100.000 %0 mins0463 ms
2016-12-24100.000 %0 mins0435 ms
2016-12-23100.000 %0 mins0431 ms
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