Azure vs GoDaddy

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.

GodaddyAzure
PlanSharedNo
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthover $100/month
Storage100GBvaried per location
BandwidthUnlimitedvaried per location
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesvaried per location
SSL CertificateNovaried per location
Uptime offer0.9940.999
RAM1GBvaried per location
Email Accounts1varied per location
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonMicrosoft Corporation
Year Founded19972010
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseDevelopers and Startups
HeadquartersUSAUSA

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.