The company I work for has a shared GoDaddy linux hosting package around the $8/month prince range. We also have a HostGator dedicated server we share with another business in our city. We typically put all of our new clients on our HostGator server through cPanel and install WordPress and leave it at that. We had several accounts get hacked, sometimes there are speed issues, etc.

The other night I was looking up to find some details on the new Managed WordPress hosting by GoDaddy and I found this post: http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1342261 that talked about. The lead developer for the project was posting in the thread, I thought that was awesome and he was answering questions.

I called GoDaddy right away and talked to them about the service and spent about 30 min just chatting with the guy and had a great conversation. By the end of the call I had signed up for one month to give it a try.

Testing out their service for the first time

After the charge went through. it’s under your main account area and then you are automatically logged in to a WordPress manage screen.

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We have a local news website that gets around 100k hit per month and has a size of around 3.5GB. I wanted to transfer that over to the managed WordPress hosting to see their new migration wizard I was reading about.

So I login and click setup, then you are prompted by 2 options.

1. To setup an automated WordPress install, much like Quick install under cPanel
2. To migrate your WordPress from another location

http://i.imgur.com/husGxW8.jpg

I selected the migrate and was amazed at how little information their system asked for. The WordPress URL, admin login and password, and FTP credentials. That’s it!

http://i.imgur.com/x0HK4vz.png

After that, you are done and it takes anywhere from 1-3 hours to move your site over depending on size. Mine was done in about 1.5 hours.

The best thing is that GoDaddy’s migration system set’s up a temporary URL so it’s not live and it updates all of the file paths automatically, you don’t have to use any plugins or update the database, their convert it for you.

Instantly I could see an improvement with speed after only 10 minutes on being copied over, it was great. I was able to login, all of the information stayed the same.

I then proceeded to add our domain name which we had already under our GoDaddy account, it was a breeze, we just browsed for it, and clicked update, done. Took a few hours to propagate and it was as if the site had never moved at all!

Benefits of GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress Hosting

Automated daily back-ups – they automatically back-up your sites daily for up to 30 days. Currently you have to request it, but within the next month or so they are going to be adding an interface so that users can just click a “restore” button and it will revert the site back to that date, pretty slick.

Maleware scanning & virus protection – the sales rep said that they also provide daily malware scanning and virus protection and work with you to fix any detection it finds.

Built-in cache servers & databases – their managed wordpress servers have built-in caching systems so no need to install any cache plugin like W3, etc. They also have a blacklist plugin list much like WPEngine does to preserve their servers and networks from unwanted resource usage. The databases are also on the actual servers versus their shared linux hosting has databases on remote servers, typically in the same building but the sales rep said sometimes they can be in different buildings, causing much lag and slowed response times.

Conclusion

If you are considering signing up or looking for a new managed wordpress host, give GoDaddy a try and see what they are about. I have had nothing but great experience with them so far, and I am amazed at how easy the migration tool works, it’s something I have never seen before.

I hope this helps people get a closer understanding of their new service and gives them some trust because they have worked very hard on setting this up as a great service and joining the wordpress hosting game a bit later but with some awesome features.

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