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Why 45+ WordPress Plugins Have Been Blacklisted By GoDaddy

GoDaddy has recently created a more optimized and controlled server for WordPress hosting. This is called their “Managed WordPress Hosting”. Keep in mind this is much different from the standard Linux hosting in which you can personally install WordPress yourself.

Managed WordPress Hosting by GoDaddy has some awesome benefits, and limitations. It’s pretty much built for the average Joe and not a professional WordPress designer.  Managed WordPress Hosting is pre-installed for you without access to a control panel.

Managed Worpdress Benefits

  • Performance-enhancing caching
  • Automatic updates through WordPress’ built-in functionality
  • A plugin blacklist to make sure you don’t inadvertently install website-damaging plugins
  • The latest version of WordPress automatically installed in the root directory
  • sFTP and phpMyAdmin access


  • Does not support SSLs
  • Its hosting back-end does not come with a control panel, so tools like Cron jobs are not available
  • We disable the built-in CSS editor by default
  • You cannot install a number of blacklisted plugins known to harm your site (more info) — yes, this is the same blacklist we mention in the Feature section

I’ve been using super cache and total cache for years as recommended by tons of WordPress professionals. Granted, I know some of the banned plugins are spammy and notorious for being hacked, but It still have great success using a lot of these blacklisted plugins on lots of client website designs as well as my own. So unless the WordPress professionals change, I won’t be worrying about it. That’s why we keep backups!

Blacklisted Plugins by GoDaddy

  • 6scan-backup
  • 6scan-protection
  • adminer
  • backupwordpress
  • backwpup
  • broken-link-checker
  • contextual-related-posts
  • ezpz-one-click-backup
  • fuzzy-seo-booster
  • google-sitemap-generator
  • google-xml-sitemaps-with-multisite-support
  • hello
  • hello-dolly
  • hello.php
  • jr-referrer
  • portable-phpmyadmin
  • quick-cache
  • seo-alrp
  • sgcachepress
  • similar-posts
  • statpress
  • synthesis
  • the-codetree-backup
  • toolspack
  • w3-total-cache
  • wordpress-gzip-compression
  • wp-cache
  • wp-db-backup
  • wp-dbmanager
  • wp-engine-snapshot
  • wp-file-cache
  • wp-phpmyadmin
  • wp-postviews
  • wp-slimstat
  • wp-super-cache
  • wpengine-common
  • wponlinebackup
  • yet-another-featured-posts-plugin
  • yet-another-related-posts-plugin


Author: Heather Valencia

Author: Heather Valencia

Web Designer & Developer

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  1. Josh

    “Grant it” -> Granted

    • Heather Valencia

      You caught me. woops! Thanks!

  2. Fatima

    They seem to be recommending some of these now.

  3. Clint Holden

    Hey Heather … just read this article. Thanks. Glad to know you are a Genesis Themes fanatic (I still use Catalyst, the predecessor to Genesis)! Can you offer a though? My GoDaddy managed WP site was really sluggish (with the Catalyst Theme). Could it simply be some plugins? Granted I had 65 plugins! Is there any way, other than one at a time, to figure out what plugin(s) might be slowing this down? Right now, I parked the site (temp domain is and disabled all plugins and it is fine. However, before it was horrible with load time. Any thoughts you can provide?

    • Heather Valencia

      This free plugin is actually created by godaddy, but can be used for any website or hosting environment. It gives you a crazy amount of details about which plugins are heaviest and why. I use it on my own site and when analyzing client sites too.

      Also, if you are concerened about speed, having a great hosting environment is the first best decision you can make. I use siteground for my own website and most my clients use it too. Click here for details on siteground wordpress hosting.

  4. ryan

    Ive used WP Super cache on all my sites with amazing results EXCEPT now that I’m using slowdaddy, I mean godaddy WP managed account I cant? Their cacheing is a joke and my site is literally as slow as SH&%. “not figuratively”

    I want to manage my cache myself because I know I can do it more effectively than godaddy. I paid good money for my hosting there and now I need to move. So USER BEWARE* godaddy server speed claims are not realistic and you will basically have very little and very poor cache management if you choose them. I wish I knew this before going with godaddy but maybe my mistake will help someone else.

  5. Angry Daddy

    Godaddy’s Managed WordPress Hosting is a disaster. Stay away from it because you’ll lose control over too many things once you have it. I made the mistake of switching to it only to get out of it after 24 hours after having wasted lots of time. Managed WordPress doesn’t work well with CDN and created new problems that I didn’t have prior to the switch:

    Remove query strings from static resources
    F (28)
    Specify a Vary: Accept-Encoding header
    F (28)
    Defer parsing of JavaScript
    F (29)

  6. seonewtool

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