Recently we moved a number of client WordPress websites to GoDaddy Managed WordPress hosting and we were very impressed with the performance, ease of use and migration tools.
GoDaddy Managed WordPress is a faster hosting platform compared to standard cPanel and shared Linux hosting. The servers are dedicated to WordPress hosting, run faster SSD hard drives and there is a front end caching system to help your website load quicker. GoDaddy Managed WordPress is easier to manage than cPanel, includes daily backups of your files/database and includes a migration tool to move your existing WordPress website to GoDaddy Managed WordPress hosting. Prices are very affordable starting at less than $5 a month!
IF you have a current WordPress site that's running slow, you can migrate your site to GoDaddy Managed WordPress hosting, review and check everything is ok before you make the switch. The migration tool takes the complexity out of moving a WordPress site manually.
Simply follow the wizard and fill in your website address/url, WordPress admin username, password then your FTP username/password for your existing host and click Start! Your website will be migrated to a temporary domain so you can review and confirm the site migration was successful. Next you can move or point your domain A record to the new Managed WordPress Hosting or if your domain is hosted with GoDaddy, the domain will update the A record automatically!
IF you choose the Deluxe, Ultimate or Developer Managed WordPress, you'll have a “One-click staging site” option that allows you to create a live copy of your website in a staging area to test a new theme or maybe new plugins etc.. Test your site in the staging area and when you are ready you can merge your site into the production site.
One-click staging is a perfect way to work with a developer to build a new site and merge the updates when you are ready.
As of this writing you can get Deluxe GoDaddy Managed WordPress for less than $4.50 a month/US!
No you cannot host multiple sites on one hosting account but that's not a big deal as these prices are so low AND one of the biggest mistakes people make is hosting multiple WordPress sites in one hosting plan.
If your website is for business, invest in your website and don't convince yourself to “start cheap and upgrade when you are making money.” That mindset will hold you back from making money!
With Managed WordPress you don't have to login to a cPanel and figure out how to install WordPress or navigate a bunch of icons and settings. cPanel hosting is easy for long time web developers but for new WordPress users, this eliminates confusion and the cPanel experience.
Another bonus of Managed WordPress at GoDaddy is the servers are dedicated to WordPress for increased speeds and more monitoring of server files, malware and hack attempts. GoDaddy uses a caching engine called Varnish to speed up the site speeds and the servers us SSD drives.
Daily Files & Database backups
Files and database backups are run daily for quick restores if you run into any problems.
In certain plans you also have a Staging Environment so you can make an exact duplicate of your website offline to test theme/plugin or content updates. Now you can make changes without affecting the live website. When you are ready you can merge staging into production!
Don't get me wrong GoDaddy is not fully managing your WordPress plugin and theme updates. You are still responsible for managing the theme and plugin updates but they are monitoring for “non WordPress activity” on the network.
Failed Managed WordPress Migrations
Nothing works 100% every time and some migrations will fail. If you have a large WordPress site with numerous data and image files it's likely your migration will time out.
If you cannot make the migration work simply follow these steps:
Now you can review your newly imported WordPress site and if you used a temporary domain you can now change to your permanent domain.
We will be posting more guides and updates for GoDaddy Managed WordPress in the future. In the meantime post your comments or questions below if we left something out.