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Comparison between website hosting with GoDaddy and Microsoft Azure

GoDaddy is an American company that works in domain registration and web hosting business. It is well known by having cheap shared hosting packages, starting from $0.99 per month. They have many customers worldwide.

Microsoft Azure is a cloud service created by Microsoft for hosting, testing, deploying, and managing applications through giant managed datacenters.
There are many people wondering which service is best for hosting their websites. It is hard to compare between Microsoft Azure and GoDaddy as Microsoft Azure is not only a web hosting service, it has a wide range of services; however, we can make summarized comparison in terms of website hosting in this article.

  • GoDaddy provides hosting service to small and medium sized businesses. They use classical virtual machines (infrastructure as a Service IaaS) and Shared hosting, while Microsoft Azure has (Platform as a service PaaS) plus the Advanced Scalable Virtual machine (IaaS).

  • GoDaddy Virtual Machines have no scalability. If you need to scale up your virtual machine you need to ask the support team to upgrade your resources (CPU, Ram, Disk space) or sometimes you need to migrate your data to a new machine. So, if there is sudden traffic to your website which consumes more resource than you have, your website will go down. While Microsoft Azure has Auto scale, you can scale up and scale out your machine by using schedules Scale or the Auto scale. For example, you can set a Scale when the CPU utilized by %90, another CPU Core will be added to your instance automatically or you can schedule to add the CPU or RAM during high traffic times.

  • GoDaddy Website hosting does not provide DDos attack protection, this is one of the weak points of GoDaddy.  GoDaddy lost control of its services almost entirely after coming under attack by apparently Anonymous sources causing almost every one of its hosted websites to go offline, along with most of GoDaddy's email service and some of the domains registered through GoDaddy. Still they have problem with attacks. Attacks can easily make any GoDaddy website go down. For more info check this link. 
    Microsoft Azure has a strong protection agent attacks, Azure has built-in load balancers that will stave off most (if not all) DOS type attacks. Also, you can add third party firewalls inside Microsoft Data center such as F5, Barracuda, and Incapsula and Isolate your plan from the general Network for higher protection.

  • Microsoft Azure has more than 24 datacenters around the globe. The user is free to choose the data center to host his/her website, depending on their audience's location. Also, you can do multi-datacenter hosting by deploying your website to more than one datacenter using Azure traffic manager.
    As there is no information about GoDaddy's data centers, where they are and how they work, you cannot do multi-location deployment 
  • GoDaddy is offering low price hosting but, in reality it is higher than other providers. For example, The Economy package of Virtual machine costs $17.99/month. When you look below that price, it shows $29.99/month upon renewal. While Microsoft Azure gives same specifications less than that. 

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  • GoDaddy gives unclear information regarding its Virtual machine’s specifications, for example there is no clear mention of the CPU type, model and number of cores. It shows Unmetered bandwidth with a question mark. When you click on it, it tells you that it is unmetered if you do not break our agreement. When you break the agreement, GoDaddy will notify you to upgrade. But if you read the agreement, there are too much rules, which make the unmetered bandwidth very restricted. No one reads agreements, so if you are going to use more bandwidth you will be over charged. In reality I don’t think there is anything Unlimited. 
    While with Microsoft Azure everything is clear and shown in the portal, you can see all the costs and spending. 
  • GoDaddy recently didn’t gather good reputation, as they accepted SOPA and PIPA agreement. This agreement forces GoDaddy to shut down any website which violates copyright rules without any prior notice. Also, people had bad impression when GoDaddy published porn themed and nude advertisements. 
  • As from Avesta’s experience we have more than one case study that shows websites hosted with GoDaddy suffer from low performance and stopping, especially after having more traffic or being attacked. 
  • GoDaddy use fixed pricing theme. For example, when you have an Economy Plan virtual machine you should pay $29.99/month regardless of your usage. Microsoft Azure use pay-as-you-go theme when you have a virtual machine that use specific resources (RAM and CPU) you are paying an amount when you use less resources you pay less and when you use more you pay more. When you shut down the VM you don’t have to pay.
  • Microsoft Azure has several levels of support starting from 8 hours response time to 15 minutes response time. They are using email, Phone, and remote desktop. For more info about Microsoft Azure support check this link. While GoDaddy has standard level of support without mentioning the response time. They have pay per task support as in this link.
  • Microsoft Azure offer wide range of Virtual machine depend of usage such as A series which used for general purpose, CPU optimized F series, Memory Optimized E series, Storage optimized L series, specialized VMs for heavy graphic rendering and video editing NC series. GoDaddy has only 4 plans of Virtual Machine Economy, Value, Deluxe, Ultimate and 4 types of Dedicated server plan.   

Difference between Microsoft Azure and GoDaddy