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~veezie~ mama to julien (1.6.06) , lennon (2.15.08) , & triton (12.20.09) . expecting #4 (5.2012)
But wordpress isn't an "alternative" to godaddy- they're entirely different things. godaddy has hosting & domain server. Wordpress is for building your site. Godaddy offerscoupla-click wordpress installs through the hosting control panel plus they offer several other resources for building your site (like the site tonight, which is what I think you're discussing here)
So it's not a matter of godaddy or wordpress. It looks like it's a matter of "Should I use godaddy for hosting?"
I'm really happy with my godaddy hosting, I pay $6.99 a month and I host 20 wordpress sites, one of which is a multi-user version. Every time I buy a domain, I get a free hosting credit, so I have like 28 free hosting credits, but I don't use them because of the ads (so they just sit there...)
As far as backing up my files, I just use an FTP program and copy the entire everything over on a monthly basis.
I've heard that they give you heck when switching to another company. So far I haven't felt the need to switch. I absolutely do NOT recommend iPower, they're complete crooks. HostGator is popular, but I really had a hard time figuring out how to do a simple ftp connect or understanding the cpanel. Hostgator's customer phone support was useless, but Godaddy's has always been helpful and friendly.
I'm not too fond of the GoDaddy email handling features, I find them confusing to set up, but I have not asked for help either, so they may be easier than I give them credit for.