I had personal experience with godaddy and discountasp.net for ASP.NET shared hosting. Lots of people asked me about my opinions about hosting. In this blog post I’ll review with godaddy and docuemntasp and compare both of them on various points.
While choosing any hosting I try to look for following things (I used them in same order):
- hosting company support
- Speed of their servers
- Easiness with their control panel
- Online community
First time hosting people my go for cheaper option but I can tell you from my experience speed and support should be most important criteria to choose any hosting.
Speed of your website/webapp will affect your search engine ranking as well as user experience. So more speed of your web application means more users and means more business and means more money.
Speed of you application should be top priority feature because performance is a not just feature but most important feature and no one either developer or website owner should compromise with speed. Remember yourself how you hate those slow websites.It’s a difficult with web application to have 100% uptime but you can get closer to 100% if you have responsive support from your hosting provider.
Godaddy is much more popular hosting provider than disocuntasp and at first shot. It is difficult to identify speed of their server, easiness with control panel and support without trying them. You can only compare price with features.
I also went with Godaddy at first in 2007 while creating my first website. The first problem with godaddy is that they never have up to date Microsoft technology stack. Godaddy always implement Microsoft technology latter than other player in market. As a shared hosting provider godaddy is too restrictive as compare to other windows/asp.net hosting providers.
If you follow buying process of godaddy then you will find there is lots of marketing stuff and there are chances that you buy some of the items accidently so beware with their marketing/sales gimmick.
Control panel of godaddy is OK and you can do most of the stuff but the biggest problem I have faced with them is speed of their control panel. Some time it really becomes very slow.
Things are fine when you don’t need support (who like sending mails to support staff) but when something goes wrong hosting provider support really big things. Once I had waited for a query more than 18 hours that day I have decided that hosting facility of godaddy is not going to work for me.
I am still having account with godaddy and use as domain hosing and they are good. But for ASP.NET hosting I don’t recommend.
Once I had bad experience with godaddy than I have decided to switch the hosting provider and after couple of days of research from different forums I had choose discountasp for couple of client websites.
Speeds of discountasp servers are better than godaddy. I found it remains better over the time period. Some time they also have problems but overall it was a much better experience.
Control panel was another reason I suggest discountasp hosting to most of the first time shared hosting user. It’s easy and fast and up most of the time.
Support is the one thing on which they are far ahead of GoDaddy. I found their KB is more structural and their forums are more responsive as compare to godaddy. Their support staff was also responding quickly.
Discountasp is more expensive than godaddy but running a speedy servers and having good support really cost money.
Another advantage I can say about discountasp as compare with godaddy is that their technology stack are closely sync with Microsoft release and you can try most of the stuff from beta onwards.
In summary I have create a comparison table for quick view about my verdict.
|hosting provider/feature point||godaddy||discountasp|
In my option; use godaddy for domain hosting and discountasp for asp.net website hosting.
I am not a native English speaker nor well trained. Please feel free to comment on the post for any mistake related to spellings, grammar etc, so that I can improve it based upon your suggestion.
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