My comparison of GoDaddy vs Azure boils down to the following question: Do you need web hosting or cloud hosting? It’s not that it would be impossible to settle the dispute between the two in terms of performance. If you want to look at it that way, one is a premium hosting provider, while the other… well, isn’t. But to see GoDaddy and Azure in this light is to assume a reductionist view.
GoDaddy is one of your best options in terms of web hosting. They offer a number of fixed hosting plans that are highly affordable and can serve starter websites very well. Azure, on the other hand, is a whole different kettle of fish, from storage to speeds, customization options, and more. They focus on cloud hosting, which means they fit into an entirely different performance class… for a significantly more expensive cost.
As such, whether you choose GoDaddy or Azure should depend on the very specific needs of your business. That’s why I believe a side-by-side comparison is a useful tool here.
|Pricing||from $3.99/month||over $100/month|
|Storage||100GB||varied per location|
|Bandwidth||Unlimited||varied per location|
|SSD Storage||Yes||varied per location|
|SSL Certificate||No||varied per location|
|RAM||1GB||varied per location|
|Email Accounts||1||varied per location|
|Founder||Bob Parson||Microsoft Corporation|
|Ideal for||Small to Medium Enterprise||Developers and Startups|
As you can see, it’s not exactly fair to stage a match-up between Azure vs GoDaddy. The former will outperform the latter in pretty much every respect you can think of, but that doesn’t mean you should choose Azure right away. Remember that, with a cloud service, you pay for what you use, rather than a fixed fee. If your website requirements are not that high, GoDaddy is a much better (as in, more logical) option.