Go Daddy installs 2 million WordPress sites with app installer Hosting Connection

Web Host Go Daddy Installs 2 Million WordPress Sites with Hosting Connection


Web hosting provider Go Daddy announced on Tuesday that it has installed more than two million WordPress websites with its application installer called Hosting Connection.

Go Daddy developed its Hosting Connection for customers to install apps like WordPress easily. The Go Daddy Hosting Connection features more than 50 applications.

While many hosting providers use auto installers like Softaculous to offer customers one-click WordPress installs, as well as about 260 other scripts. At the beginning of April, web hosting provider A Small Orange began offering the Softaculous auto installer to its customers.

A post a year ago in the Go Daddy support forum says that it doesn’t support Softaculous in its shared environment and to run Softaculous customers would need a virtual or dedicated server. It also identifies the Go Daddy Hosting Connection as a substitute for the popular app installer.

A report by Pingdom on Wednesday found that WordPress is used by 48 percent of the top 100 blogs in the world. Three years ago, WordPress was used by 32 percent of the top 100 blogs. In total, WordPress powers about 73 million websites, and hosts about half of them.

Despite its popularity, WordPress can provide some challenges in terms of security, as third-party add-ons can be a major malware threat. For example, the WordPress plug-in TimThumb was vulnerable to local file intrusion and infected 1.2 million websites.

Applications installed with Hosting Connection are backed by Go Daddy’s 4GH web hosting, which enables customers to automatically scale resources, as well as its 24/7 customer support. Hosting Connection notifies customers when an update to the program they are using is available.

Hosting Connection has installed 3.8 million apps and counting, Go Daddy says. Aside from WordPress, Hosting Connection installs Joomla!, Drupal, and Zen Cart, among others.

“Go Daddy created Hosting Connection in response to customers who were looking to quickly and easily install Web applications,” Go Daddy senior director of hosting Scott Brown said in a statement. “The goal of Hosting Connection is to make the installation of WordPress easier and faster for our customers and judging by the 2 million installs, we think it’s a solution customers wanted.”

Go Daddy currently hosts more than five million websites on 35,000 servers, according to a report Tuesday on Data Center Knowledge.

Talk back: How many of your customers are using WordPress? Did they create their WordPress sites using a one-click app installer? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Hey Guys, great points about the importance of security and how to maximize the economy of servers, while still also maxing the speed of your hosting platform. Shared hosts like Godaddy, or even bluehost and dreamhost are awesome for small WordPress sites that don't need a ton of speed or ability to scale. Price is often a big factor for these hosts, and Godaddy can definitely provide a good service for the price. Dave and Peter, you guys are probably aware of WP Engine, and other managed WordPress hosting companies. Full disclosure, WP Engine pays for my salary and gives me great health benefits, so I'm completely biased in favor of their hosting. ZippyKid and Pagely are also great solutions to host a big, scalable WordPress site. This sort of hosting is more expensive, pagely starts at $20, ZippyKid is $25, and WP Engine is $29/mo. The increase in price means a big uptick in speed and scale, as well as security. Additionally, WP Engine has the most support techs per customer, and we prioritize hiring amazing support techs to respond to tickets in <30 minutes to keep sites at 100% uptime. All that to say, there are different hosts for every size and shape of WordPress site, and Godaddy provides a great service for thousands of WordPress installs. Let me know if I can help more -AG @austingunter

  2. GoDaddy is one great platform to use but is starting to meet challenges that are starting to drive some customers away. But innovation such as this will help the company start to pick itself up and go back to the race. I guess the competition is not yet over.

  3. I have to say that for the past few of hours i have been hooked by the amazing posts on this website.

  4. Peter has a good point above. Although I never, ever recommend Godaddy for anything, I still get new clients who have already purchased hosting there when they contact me. Today I was working on a Wordpress site there, and the performance was beneath wretched, with at least a minute per pageload, and often more. Bear in mind that this is a brand new site with no traffic, as it's not been publicized. I may threaten to go on strike until the site starts to work. I've actually put together scads of sites on Godaddy, and the performance consistently sucks. But they clearly have an excellent sales department that snares the innocents. You've been warned. :-)

  5. Good day, Nicole: Godaddy is soon becoming the host people like to hate the most because of lack of security, cramming as many web sites on a server as they can in order to keep costs down... and now hackers will be more than happy Godaddy is using an automated means to install WordPress which typically means critical security steps are missed. http://www.dynamicnet.net/2012/03/installing-wordpress-securely/ is an article I wrote recently concerning Why installing WordPress manually is more secure. Thank you.