The late 20th century witnessed the infancy and childhood of the internet and modern computers. The 21st century brought resurrection to and unmatchable growth of the internet. The internet has become an indispensable part of our lives, be it personal or professional. As of now, it contributes over $2.2 trillion of retail sales annually worldwide. All this is possible only with the practical applications and services the internet provides. A part of this cosmos is domain name registering and web hosting.
According to Google, a domain name registrar is an organization or commercial entity that manages the reservation of internet domain names. In layman’s term, it gives you your second name on the internet: .com, .net, .org, .in, etc.
A web hosting service is a service which permits individuals and organizations to make their websites accessible on the World Wide Web, marking their presence on the internet.
One of the biggest, and oldest, names in the domain name registering business is GoDaddy, previously known as Jomax Technologies, founded in 1997 by entrepreneur Bob Parsons, of Maryland, U.S.A.
In India, a contemporary to GoDaddy emerged around the same time (1998), with the name Directi. The company was founded by brothers Bhavin and Divyank Turakhia. The domain name registry and web hosting services of the company were provided by BigRock. In 2014, Directi sold 4 of its business units (including BigRock) to Massachusetts-based, Endurance International Group.
Today these 2 companies stand as titans of domain name registration in their respective markets. Let's understand what these biggies compete for.
Hosting services - For both Linux and Windows, GoDaddy offers hosting plans.
Some of the add-on features of the Linux hosting are by GoDaddy:
1-click and you can install of 125+ free applications (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Python etc.). Isn’t that an amazing deal?
1-click and you can buy additional on-demand resources - CPU, RAM, EntryProcesses and I/O.
1GB database storage (MySQL Linux).
24/7 security monitoring and DDoS protection.
Quick setup for GoDaddy registered domains.
CloudLinux will help you keep your website balanced seamlessly.
Some of the add-on features of the Windows hosting plans are:
The user will get Windows® Server 2012 R2 under all available plans. WOW! Apart from this they also provide:
Provision for Microsoft IIS 8.5.
24/7 security monitoring and DDoS protection
1-click and you can install of 50+ free applications including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, MySQL, SQLserver, ASP.NET, PHP, and much more along with Odin Plesk.
200MB MSSQL database storage (not included in the Starter plan).
They provide Odin Plesk control panel.
Similar to GoDaddy, BigRock also provides shared hosting services for both Linux and Windows.
Some of the add-on services offered by Bigrock under Linux shared hosting are:
Powered by CloudLinux, cPanel (demo), Apache, MySQL, PHP, Ruby, and more.
PHP 5.2 to PHP 5.4, Ruby on Rails, Perl, Python, SSH, and MySQL Databases.
VARNISH Web Acceleration gives provisions that can be used to sustain very high traffic and load pages exponentially fast by caching static and dynamic content (Images, CSS, plain HTML, etc.).
300 applications (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.) installable with one click.
Distributed DNS infrastructure with unlimited sub-domains and email accounts.
You can even take advantage of featured attributes such as website stat tracking with AWStats and phpMyAdmin.
For security, the company also provides powerful tools like FTP over SSL (FTPS), SSH, and mod_pagespeed.
Some of the add-on services offered under the category of Windows shared hosting services:
Best for websites developed using codes ASP, ASP.NET, PHP 5.3 to PHP 5.4, and leverage both MS-SQL and MySQL.
300+ applications (WordPress, Drupal etc.) installable within one click.
Powered by Windows 2008, Plesk (demo), ASP.NET, MySQL, PHP, IIS, and more.
Security Features – To protect their sensitive information from hackers and viruses, GoDaddy provides web security services. Similarly, BigRock provides anti-virus and rootkits scanning tools to prevent hacking and other malicious efforts.
Domain registration – BigRock has a gift basket. The provide a free email account, domain privacy protection, DNS management, unlimited mail forwarding, domain forwarding, domain theft protection, renewals or transfers, etc. for free on domain registration. But, GoDaddy has more domain names than BigRock.
Uptime – Both GoDaddy and BigRock pledge to provide 99.9% server uptime and they both are living up to their claims.
Customer Support – Both of them provide telephone and live chat support.
Money back guarantees – GoDaddy has a 45-day money back guarantee on web hosting services while BigRock extends only 30 days for the money back.
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