iPower VS GoDaddy – Which Offers Better ASP.NET Hosting?

iPower VS GoDaddy – Which Offers Better ASP.NET Hosting?

iPower and GoDaddy are two large web companies who offer various hosting solutions that are run on Linux and Windows operating systems. The iPower vs GoDaddy comparison aims to find out which of them is superior in Windows hosting.

To come out with solid answers, we have carefully reviewed all the key aspects of their Windows hosting services, including pricing, hosting features, uptime, speed and technical support. But before you proceed to the details, please get a general idea of both companies from the table below.

Rating iPower GoDaddy
Reputation rating 2 of 5 rating 3 of 5
Price rating 2 of 5 rating 2.5 of 5
Features rating 2 of 5 rating 2.5 of 5
Speed rating 2 of 5 rating 3 of 5
Reliability rating 2 of 5 rating 2 of 5
Technical Support rating 2.5 of 5 rating 3 of 5
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iPower VS GoDaddy – Pricing

iPower offers an all-in-one Windows hosting package named as Windows Pro Plan. The company originally charges $8.99/mo for a 12-month plan and $7.99/mo for a 24-month plan. At present, the plan is on sale and starts at $6.95/mo regardless of purchasing terms. A 30-day money back guarantee is provided to eliminate purchasing risks.

GoDaddy, on the other hand, offers three Windows hosting plans named as Economy, Deluxe and Ultimate. All plans are on grand sale and the discounted price for each plan is $3.49/mo, $4.49/mo and $7.49/mo. For annual plans, a full refund can be claimed within 45 days after purchase. So GoDaddy looks more competitive than iPower in terms of price and purchasing security.

iPower VS GoDaddy – Features

The hosting features included in iPower Windows Pro Plan are rather disappointing. For one thing, the company does not clarify some crucial Windows hosting parameters such as Windows server version, hosted websites, FTP access, etc. For another, it misses some important Windows hosting tools such as Plesk panel and MS SQL databases. Besides, it does not offer the latest version of language support.

In comparison, the Deluxe plan from GoDaddy offers relatively richer and more advanced features as listed in the table below. But still, the features are a little bit limited.

Features iPower GoDaddy
Plan in Comparison Windows Pro Plan Deluxe
Disk Space Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited
Windows Server Not Specified 2012 R1
FTP Accounts No 50
Email Accounts 1000 500
Free Domain Yes Yes
ASP.NET ASP.NET 2.0/3.0 ASP.NET 2.0/3.0/3.5/4.0
Control Panel vDeck Plesk Panel
MS SQL Databases Optional 2
MySQL Databases 5 25
SSL Certificate $59.95/yr $69.99/yr

It’s a shame that both companies impose such high prices on SSL Certificate which secures data transmission across the Internet.

iPower VS GoDaddy- Performance

iPower does not promise any uptime guarantee but it does employ Dell servers, Cisco routers and UPS power backup to ensure reliable performance. It also keeps the network monitored 24/7 in order to address unexpected issues immediately. According to customer reviews, iPower keeps a pretty good uptime record.

In comparison, the uptime record does not look so good for GoDaddy. Although GoDaddy guarantees 99.9% uptime and even promises credit compensation for downtime, there are still many customers who have suffered from serious downtime. Perhaps the most widespread downtime was the one caused by the notorious 2012 Super Bowl commercials.

As for speed, neither of them pleases their users in this regard. When we searched online by entering such keywords as “iPower hosting slow” or “GoDaddy slow”, we got thousands of results within one second. We believe many complaints were posted by real users. To find out whether these complaints make sense, we have tested their speed by Pingdom for several times. The server response rate was about 795ms for GoDaddy and even worse for iPower.

iPower VS GoDaddy – Technical Support

iPower offers three support channels – live chat, phone and ticketing system – on an all time basis. But there are two problems with their support staffs. One is that some of them do not speak English fluently or idiomatically; the other is that they are not experienced thus often give run-around answers.

GoDaddy also offers live chat, toll-free phone and email supporting channels. However, the chat support is only available from 5 a.m. to midnight MST. This limitation definitely excludes GoDaddy from the most popular list.

Conclusion – Neither Is Recommended

Based on the analysis above, we conclude GoDaddy offers more cost-effective packages than iPower does. But neither of them is worth recommending due to obvious defects in performance and technical support.

In case that our readers are looking for reliable and cheap ASP.NET hosting packages, we recommend them the following three companies.