GoDaddy.com and Linode.com both have strong industry records for reliable and affordable VPS hosting, but which of them is better for you? A simple VPS comparison of their features, pricing, payment, and customer support may help you discover which hosting option is ideal for your unique needs.
Features and Infrastructure
Linode VPS hosting options include a variety of valuable tools for amateur and professional web developers, including lush access for SSH, multiple Linux distribution support, boot configuration profiles, network usage graphs, automatic crash reboots, and support for multiple IPs.
Linode’s impressive datacenter hardware includes Intel Xenon processors and battery backed RAID configurations to promise you 99.9% uptime. This hardware is available at six datacenters around the world including Japan, the United Kingdom, and four locations in the United States (New Jersey, Georgia, Texas, and California.)
On the other hand, GoDaddy VPS hosting includes free SSL certificates, 3 dedicated IPs, bandwidth overage protection, a “Tipping Point” virus protection system, and $150 in free credit for Yahoo, Bing, and Facebook ads.
GoDaddy's state of the art datacenters are located in the US and Europe. These datacenters are unique among hosting solutions due to their emphasis on EPA-approved diesel generators and eco-friendly refrigerants. GoDaddy also promises 99.9% uptime, and supports that promise with a 20 gbps Ethernet backbone and full incremental data backups.
Plans and Payment
GoDaddy offers five types of hosting packages (Economy, Value, Deluxe, Premium, Ultimate) for each type of operating system it supports (CentOS, Fedora, Windows). The Economy package includes 1GB of RAM, 40GB of storage, and 1,000GB of bandwidth. These values incrementally increase to a maximum of 8GB of RAM, 240GB of storage, and 8,000GB of bandwidth with the Ultimate plan.
Each plan is available with four different payment plans for 1 month, 6 month, 12 month, and 24 month subscriptions. One month of Economy costs $29.99/month while 24 months costs $23.99/month. These prices steadily increase for each plan ($29.99, $39.99, $59.99, $79.99, and $149.99 respectively), but remain consistent between both Linux and Windows hosting.
Linode offers five basic plans and five business class plans, each plan hosted by Linux. Their basic plans include 512-4096MB of RAM, 20-160GB of storage, and 200-1,600GB of bandwidth for $19.95-$79.95 monthly. Their five business class plans offer 160-800GB of storage, 4-20GB of RAM, and 1,600-2,000GB of bandwidth for $159.95-$799.95 monthly. Ten and fifteen percent subscription discounts are available for one and two year subscriptions respectively.
GoDaddy’s hosting includes free support for a variety of technical problems including server failure and root password changes. E-mail support is available on their websites and includes an up-to-date expected response time for all inquiries. Their telephone support is available 24/7 and includes an up-to-date response time available on their website.
Linode offers telephone and online ticket submission support with experts available 24/7 and promises that most website tickets are answered in minutes. Their website also includes a comprehensive FAQ section and support forum allowing you to ask questions and get advice from fellow webmasters.