I recently went through the process of choosing a web service provider. Or should I say Blog Hosting provider. I have been with GoDaddy for years and was a happy customer. Then, I started blogging using a Word Press blog. Things weren’t going smoothly with GoDaddy. At times my blog pages were coming up blank and the load time was very slow GoDaddy email login . When I introduced Firepow to automate my blogging business it got even more complicated. As Firepow is optimized for HostGator.
I quickly learned about cpanel hosting interface vs. GoDaddy’s proprietary interface. The standard is cpanel which is an interface that one can learn to navigate fairly quickly. Plus, most training you will find online provides cpanel instruction. An easy to use hosting control panel is very important when you are creating blogs and websites. HostGator, also provides the Fantastico hosting interface which I haven’t tried yet.
Then there is sql database creation. GoDaddy takes a different approach. One cannot just simply point to “localhost” for the location of the database with GoDaddy. You need to jump through hoops to find the location. HostGator provided excellent support and imported my sql database which was a great help in moving my blogs to their system.
It would require a rather lengthly article to provide all the details of the differences between the 2 services. Plus, folks would need to familiarize themselves with terms like: cpanel hosting, web hosts, blog, email hosting, shared hosting, reseller hosting, domain hosting, dedicated servers, dedicated hosting, ftp hosting, domain name hosting, hosting PHP, eCommerce hosting etc. I would suggest familiarizing yourself with these terms to gain a better understanding of the web and blog hosting environments.
The quick and dirty based on my experience is that GoDaddy is great for domain name registration and HostGator is great for a reliable hosting company. HostGator has hosting plans from $4. 95 per month. It really is not as problem to domain host with one company and use a different company’s hosting server. Just simply point the DS nameservers to the location that your blog or website is hosted at. The hosting provider will provide you with detailed instructions as to how this works.