1and1 VS GoDaddy – Comprehensive Comparison on VPS Hosting Service

1and1 VS GoDaddy – Comprehensive Comparison on VPS Hosting Service

Oct 1, 2014

1and1 and GoDaddy are two huge web solution providers mainly engaged in web hosting and domain registration. Both are claimed to be experienced hosts powering millions of websites worldwide. But do they really live up to their reputation? If so, which one offers more cost-effective plans?

This comprehensive comparison on their VPS services aims to answer the questions in an objective manner. To come out with well-grounded results, we have done a thorough research on their pricing, features, uptime & speed and technical support.

Rating 1and1 GoDaddy
Reputation 3 of 4.5 stars 3.5 of 5 stars
Features 2 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars
Loading Speed 2.5 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars
Uptime 3 of 5 stars 3.5 of 5 stars
Technical Support 2.5 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars

Price & Purchasing Security

1and1 offers four VPS plans named as Virtual Server M, Virtual Server L, Virtual Server XL, and Virtual Server XXL, which are respectively priced at $9.99/mo, $19.99/mo, $29.99/mo and $39.99/mo regularly. For the time being, the company is offering some grand discounts which reduce the price of each plan to $4.99/mo, $9.99/mo, $19.99/mo and $29.99/mo. Besides, the company also offers a 30-day money back guarantee to eliminate purchasing risks.

GoDaddy offers five VPS plans which are called Economy, Value, Deluxe, Premium and Ultimate. The starting price for each plan ranges from $24.99/mo to $149.99/mo. A 45-day money back guarantee is available with all plans.

PriceJudging merely from a price perspective, we’ll vote for GoDaddy instead of 1and1. The price offered by GoDaddy is obviously more expensive but within a reasonable range for VPS plans given that most hosts price their basic VPS plans at $20/mo regularly. And we warn our readers of extremely cheap VPS plans because there might be scams or limited resources.


As expected, 1and1 VPS plans offer quite limited resources. Take the Virtual Server M plan for example. The plan comes with only 0.5GB guaranteed RAM, 25GB disk space and 500GB bandwidth, which are inadequate for frequently visited business websites. The plan does not appeal to individual users, either. Because it does not offer the flexible and friendly cPanel.

In comparison, GoDaddy offers more resources and useful tools. The Economy plan includes 1GB RAM, 40GB disk space, 1TB monthly bandwidth, 3 dedicated IPs, SSL Certificate, cPanel, free rapid setup, FTP access and root access. With these resources, users are supposed to run multiple websites easily and securely. So GoDaddy wins again.


Both companies have made great efforts to guarantee performance. In specific, 1and1 utilizes AMD processors for fast speed, top-tier connectivity for stable network access, and configurable firewall for secure connections.

GoDaddy owns multiple data centers in US, Europe and Asia. Their facilities feature full network redundancy, quality routers, firewalls and servers, enterprise-class backup and restore technologies, and 24/7 physical security.

These measures are supposed to deliver fast and reliable performance. However, the actual results are not very desirable. There are many complaints about the slow loading speed of both hosts. There are even complaints about serious downtime with GoDaddy. These complaints are not made up but real as proved by the following screen shot taken from Google.

We’ve also done speed tests to provide more solid evidence. The following chart shows that the average server response time is 757ms for 1and1 and 784ms for GoDaddy. This is far from satisfying compared with some really fast hosting companies like BlueHost.

Technical Support

As for support channel, both companies offer three support channels including phone, email and live chat on a 24/7 basis. However, based on verified customer reviews, we find 1and1 has got a lot of billing issues and communication issues that are not resolved immediately. The snippet below shows how customers are annoyed with 1and1 service. And GoDaddy has got similar issues, too.

Conclusion – Neither Is Worth Recommending

The detailed comparison comes to the conclusion that GoDaddy is a slightly better choice than 1and1 for VPS hosting. However, neither of them is an ideal place for any kind of hosting. They may be established domain registrars, but they are just average hosts at best.

In case our readers are looking for truly reliable VPS hosts, we shall recommend BlueHost, InMotion Hosting, and HostGator to them because the three companies have done a great job in combining price, features and performance.