GoDaddy is the world's most popular web hosting company. GoDaddy was founded by Bob Parsons who created the company out of his basement. In 2010, Go Daddy reached more than 45 million domain names under management. When that happened Go Daddy became the largest ICANN-accredited registrar in the world. The company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. They are known for their risque marketing strategies featuring scantily clad women advertising their web hosting services.
1and1 is an extremely popular and successful web host (probably only second to GoDaddy in size). They manage over 70,000 sophisticated web servers in their state-of-the-art data centers. 1&1 has over 11,000,000 customer contracts. That is a large web host!
Economy comes with one custom email account. Deluxe comes with 500. Ultimate comes with 1000.
The 1&1 starter plan comes with 250 custom email accounts. The unlimited plan comes with 500 emails. The business plan comes with unlimited emails.
All plans have a drag and drop site builder available if you want to use it. They also provide about 300 templates to choose from.
Site builder is provided on all 1 and 1 plans. One of the coolest features of 1 and 1 is access to 5 million royalty free photos via istockphoto.
You can choose between linux or windows as your operating systems on the server. We highly suggest the linux version so you can enable SSH for secure ftp access. GoDaddy uses their own custom control panel.
1&1 provides both windows and linux accounts. We suggest the linux account.
Bandwidth is unlimited on all packages.
Bandwidth is unlimited on all 1and1 packages.
The Economy Package comes with 10GB of disk space. The Deluxe package comes with 150GB. The Ultimate package has unlimited storage!
The starter plan is good for up to 50GB of storage space. All other packages are unlimited disk space.
The stats package is custom to GoDaddy. AWstats is NOT available.
1&1 SiteAnalytics is a custom statistic program which gathers all of the information you need to generate a detailed analysis of your website's performance.
Go Daddy windows hosting supports MySQL, MS SQL (SQL Server) and Access databases while linux only supports MySQL.
The linux packages all include MySQL. The starter plan allows up to 10 databases. The unlimited plan allows up to 25 and the business package allows unlimited databases.
By default, GoDaddy suggests connecting via port 21 on Filezilla. The problem with this suggestion is it is not secure. Request SSH from GoDaddy and use port 22 (SFTP).
1&1 linux packages include SFTP. You need linux in order to connect securely with SFTP to your server. The secure ftp port is 22 on 1&1.
Customer support for GoDaddy is provided by phone. We wish there was live chat functionality.
There are several customer support options for 1&1. They have telephone support, email support, a forum and also screen sharing with tech support via Citrix GoToAssist.
GoDaddy hosts millions of websites. This causes problems. FTP disconnects very often. This is extremely frustrating if you are editing your website Filezilla or WinSCP. Their control panel is custom and it's a confusing mess to navigate. CPanel is far superior but they don't use CPanel. Their marketing is really good though. Be warned. Danica Patrick and Jillian Michaels won't show up to fix your website when you are experiencing problems. This is our honest opinion. We don't get paid to promote or slam GoDaddy in comparison to any other web host. We respect Bob Parsons for turning GoDaddy into a huge success but it is very large and bloated. There are better web hosts out there for reliability and customer experience.