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3 Best GoDaddy Alternatives for WordPress Sites

In this review, we’ll introduce you to GoDaddy hosting. We’ll discuss what can make it a solid option, and also mention what it lacks. Then we’ll explore three GoDaddy alternatives you might want to opt for instead. Let’s jump right in!

In case you’re in a hurry, here are the highlights of our findings:

GoDaddy's WordPress hosting.

Although most hosting companies offer a pretty similar service, each one tends to carve out its own niche. GoDaddy positions itself as a cheap, beginner-friendly way to get a website off the ground very quickly. For this reason, it’s a popular choice with first-time website owners, and is a frequently recommended option.

GoDaddy’s primary offering is its basic shared hosting, which comes in four pricing tiers. The cheapest version costs only $7.99 per month at the regular (non-sale) rate, which will net you one website along with a free domain and unmetered bandwidth. Higher-tier plans offer more websites, features, and resources – all the way up to the Business plan at $29.99 per month.

If you’re looking for something beyond a simple shared hosting service, GoDaddy also offers VPS and dedicated server plans. More recently, GoDaddy has also offered a WordPress-specific hosting option, with three separate tiers priced from $8.99 per month. This is a managed hosting service, which means the provider will handle certain tasks (such as installation, backups, and updates) for you.

Overall, this is a pretty solid list of services. Now, let’s explore the reasons you might choose to opt for GoDaddy or look elsewhere, before introducing a few GoDaddy alternatives.

The pros and cons of using GoDaddy for your WordPress site

Cheap hosting providers such as GoDaddy often get a lot of criticism. It can be reasonable to wonder if the company is cutting corners and offering low-quality service in exchange for low prices. However, in our experience GoDaddy is actually a solid option for many WordPress users.

In the past, we’ve conducted several in-depth reviews of various hosting companies. For example, we sent out a survey to almost 5,000 of our readers, asking about the hosting companies you use, and soliciting ratings and opinions. GoDaddy was overwhelmingly the most commonly-used host, and the average review score for the service was a 7.64 out of 10.

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How to Start a Successful Blog (2019)

Now, before we start, I should address some of the common objections and questions that most people have about how to start a blog:

FAQ on how to start a blog

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions by people who are thinking about starting a blog:

Can I do it all by myself without anyone’s help?

Yes.

There really is not much more to say here … you really can learn how to start a blog and then execute on that knowledge by yourself. Plus, the final effect won’t necessarily be any worse than if you had a pro designer or developer on the payroll. The tools have evolved a lot over the years – they’re very user-friendly and easy to grasp nowadays.

What do I need in order to get started? Do I need to know how to code?

You need a computer and a fistful of dollars. All the other stuff is optional.

There’s no coding knowledge required, no website-owning experience, and no design skills or whatnots.

The reason why this is the case is because of what I mentioned above – we simply have more functional and easier-to-use tools at our disposal these days.

In short, here’s what the steps are involved in starting a blog (we discuss them more in depth in the following chapters):

  1. Sign up for web hosting (we recommend SiteGround).
  2. Pick a domain name for your blog.
  3. Complete your hosting registration.
  4. Select a checkbox to have WordPress installed automatically.
  5. Log in and write your first blog post.

Can I create a blog for free?

In a word, yes. But that’s not the best path to take.

While there are blogging platforms out there that allow you to build a blog entirely for free, they do carry a number of limitations:

You’re stuck with the platform’s subdomain and can’t get your own domain name without paying a fee.

You’re often not allowed to do much in terms of customization or installing new features.

Your options to monetize the blog are limited – not all platforms allow you to sell your products or promote other people’s stuff via ads.

You can be forced to host the platform’s own ads on your site.

At the end of the day, if you instead choose to shell out a modest fee, you can do away with all of the above issues and create a fully functional blog on your own.

People say blogging’s dead. Are they right?

“Blogging is dead” is something people have been saying for years now. It’s hard to even pinpoint when the phrase appeared for the first time.

There have been a number of supposed killers of blogging. First there was social media, Twitter and Facebook, then YouTube, live streaming services, and who knows what else.

But!

The data says otherwise.

Raw data has one advantage, it doesn’t take sides.

Let me show you two things:

  1. According to WordPress.com, more than 400 million people view more than 21 billion blog pages each month. On top of that, users create nearly 90 million new posts and nearly 50 million new comments each month.
  2. WordPress – undoubtedly the biggest blog and website engine of them all – now powers more than 32% of all websites. Again, that’s all websites.

So no. Blogging is far from dead.

After I learn how to start a blog, can I then turn that blog into a business and make money from it?

Yes, of course.

Just look at what we’ve done here with this very blog.

When we started, the blog was making $0, understandably. But within ~3 years, we’ve grown it to ~$20,000 per month in revenue.

How does it make money exactly and how have we achieved it? We’ll get to that later on. But let’s just say that it took us some trial and error to get to that level. We try to boil it all down in this guide and present you with a structured, systematic approach.

Without further ado … the first step to starting your own blog? That would be picking a topic:

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Adelina Tuca

Writer and WordPress blogger at ThemeIsle, wordpressupload, and Revive Social. Occasionally, I share content marketing tips on my personal blog. When I’m not creating content, I’m either on a mountain trail, at a metal concert, playing tennis, or reading.

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5 of the Best Domain Name Generators, Plus How to Use Them

The important thing is to expand upon this and find other associations. A simple brainstorming session can really add to your list. Likewise a dictionary dive can help expand your thinking.

Finally, some word clouds will help give the list as much width and depth as possible. My sample list includes “baby”, “toddler”, “kids”, “mummy”, “daddy”, “education”, “teaching”, “activities” and more.

How to find your domain name using a generator

One of the essential rules is to experiment with multiple generators and tactics. All of the so-called best domain name generators have flaws. Experimentation is the way around them to get your result. For example, if you just want to smash your words together to create a portmanteau then you can use a generator like MergeWords.

The MergeWords website is one of the best domain generators if you use good lists of words for merging

You can see that the longer the list the more combinations are created by the algorithm. If your list is not strong then your results will suffer. You can see that the results are not great. The words are merged, sure, but that’s it. While you won’t always have the answer handed to you by the generator, you will find inspiration in the results. For example, I think “ToddlerU” is a reasonable domain name.

The results from the MergeWords list experiment are not strong

If you would like to avoid the word mash and try something a little more creative, then you should try Panabee or Domain Wheel.

However, neither of them can handle long lists of words, and you will need to experiment with some word variations. I used “baby learning” in Panabee but, unfortunately, some of the best names were taken. Now, we expect this to happen but Panabee also gave me a bunch of terms related to learning. I selected “wisdom” before switching to “wise” without any stand out results.

The Panabee related search terms give options you might have missed

I started playing more and more with the words I provided and different generators. Over on Domain Wheel, I paired “baby” with “wise” and got “babywiseowl.info”. Which is a fairly memorable name, and right within the magic number while retaining brandability. I’d also recommend using a name you like to conduct further searches. I was able to find a way to swap to a .com address after searching with “babywiseowl”. 😉

What are domain name generators good for?

When you use any of the best domain name generators from our list, you will increase your possible names exponentially. Quick results are one of the best reasons for using a generator like that.

One of my tricks was using a good name as a seed word in a different generator to get ideas. All of the domain name generators I tested were able to give a good idea of domain availability. Most of the domain generators use Verisign’s Zone file which is published every night with a list of active domains. This is why you might occasionally run into a false-positive or two because not all domains appear on the list.

When looking for the best domain name generator for your needs, also consider social media. I noticed that a number of domain name generators, like NameMesh, are showing social media availability for selected names. This is not a standard feature even among our selection of the best domain name generators. Just be careful not to skip this step.

The simple interface for NameMesh's social media availability makes this final check easy

Should you use a domain name generator?

You know, I’m going to be controversial here and say it is essential to use a domain name generator when picking your new domain.

Why? Coming up with an unregistered name manually is quite a challenge, and you might find a dozen unavailable names without knowing. Even the worst domain name generators filter out unavailable names. Plus they all link to hosting companies for quick purchase.

Pick a good generator by paying attention to how it works and what it offers in the results. You can see that our list of the best domain name generators contains generators that use multiple APIs, NLP, exclusions and custom rules to create unique and brandworthy names.

The other part of it is that you could perform all of the letter substitutions and word relationships yourself, but not in a few seconds. The generators are going to be able to return more results in seconds than you could in 24 hours. The strength of the results comes down to the quality of your seed words. If you approach the domain generator with a range of possibilities then you will be able to find a good domain name relatively quickly.

Just think of the generator as one of your buddies. One who is really, really, good at brainstorming!