Pod Creative VS Go Daddy hosting

Are you in the market for a new Canadian hosting provider? Let's see how Pod Creative's dedicated managed hosting stacks up against GoDaddy!

Thinking of signing up for a hosting plan? Let’s compare Pod Creative’s dedicated, managed hosting plan with GoDaddy, a popular hosting platform.

Hannah Raeside

Office Manager, Pod Creative

Pod Creative’s VS GoDaddy

Pod Creative is a small but mighty Web Development, Graphic Design, and Website Hosting company located in the Comox Valley, British Columbia. We provide dedicated, managed hosting at an extremely affordable rate to any size business, big or small! Our servers are located in Montreal, and we support Canadian-owned businesses.

GoDaddy is a large corporation known for their drag and drop basic website editor and flashy commercials. They offer hosting, domain acquisition and renewal, and website creation.

The closest package we could find to compare GoDaddy’s hosting with Pod Creative’s hosting is their Launch plan under their Web Hosting Plus plan options. The plan is for their shared hosting services, as their dedicated hosting plans are significantly higher (start at $180/month).

Up-time monitoring

Uptime monitoring is an automated way of checking whether a service such as a website or an application is available. When service goes down during an outage (downtime), uptime monitoring spots the issue and alerts the right person on the development team.

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Wordpress + Plugin Updates

As part of Pod Creative’s dedicated, managed hosting, we take care of all regularly required WordPress core, theme, and plugin updates.  This means you can have the peace of mind that your website up to date, secure and running optimally.

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Bandwidth

One of the elements that makes Pod Creative’s hosting service stand out from the rest is that we are able to offer unmetered network traffic with no bandwidth charge.

GoDaddy’s plan offers unmetered traffic and no bandwith restrictions.

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Storage

Pod Creative’s hosting service offers unlimited storage for your site. Never worry about uploading too many photos again!

Go Daddy’s plan allows you 100GB of storage.

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Support

Pod Creative pride ourselves on our customer service.  We are available 24/7 by phone or email. For our clients in the Comox Valley we offer in person support at our office.

GoDaddy offers 24/7 chat support.

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ssl setup and renewal

Pod Creative offers free setup of your SSL and will ensure it stays renewed. Never worry about your site’s security again! 

GoDaddy offers free setup and renewal for basic SSL with paid options for more advanced requirements

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regular website checks

Never worry about your site! One of the most popular pieces of our hosting package is the fact that we check your site monthly for performance, errors, omissions, and more.

GoDaddy does not offer this or a similar service.

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Cloud-stored backups

Pod Creative backs up your website regularly, and irregularly, and stores these backups in our secure Google Drive. Access these backups at any time or request one by emailing us, there’s no extra charge.

GoDaddy offers daily backups.

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Secure server

Pod Creative hosts our websites on a secure, dedicated server. This means that ONLY Pod Creative websites exist on our server, offering extra protection and lightning-fast response. At this point we have less than 200 websites on our server!

GoDaddy offers shared hosting on its server. This means that your website will share its server, and subsequent resources, with thousands of other websites.

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Host any site

Big or small, Pod Creative can host it all! Whether it be a small personal website, a multi-page e-commerce site, or a popular members-only forum site, we have you covered. We have no restrictions on the number of visitors or website size!

GoDaddy has different plans for different size websites. Depending on your sites needs you could be paying considerably more per month.

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Annual cost

Pod Creative’s dedicated, managed hosting is $400 a year, billed annually. 

GoDaddy offers a variety of discounts based upon the lenght of time you sign up for. Their Launch shared hosting plus plan is $39.99 per month if you purchase a year of hosting in advance, so approximately $480 for the year.

A note of caution. GoDaddy often offers services for “free” for a year, such as their Microsoft 365 mailboxes, that can really add up once the promotion is done. We always caution our clients to review all the charges associated with their plan and make sure you don’t accidentally get stuck with a more expensive plan!

Pod Creative - $400

GoDaddy- $480+

Wrapping this up

We always recommend shopping around when it comes to your hosting platform. Each hosting provider offers a slightly different service, and comparing offerings against the price is a great way to make a decision. Make sure you ask lots of questions if their service isn’t clear! Most hosting plans are based on a shared hosting situation, meaning your website is sharing a server with a large variety of other random sites. A dedicated server ensures safety and security.

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