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GoDaddy is one of the most popular domain registrars and web hosts on the internet. Unfortunately, they suck. It’s easy to be enticed by their 99 cent domains, cheap hosting, and “award-winning support”. But do yourself a favor and don’t get sucked in.
They’ll Sell Your Domain
I’ll admit, a few years ago I was tempted by their 99 cent domains and I purchased one. I used the domain name for a personal blog for a while. Eventually I closed the blog and decided not to renew or transfer the domain since I didn’t really need it.
Almost immediately after it expired, it was sold to some Japanese business/person.
Now this domain wasn’t anything popular. In fact, it is my online alias that I have used for a very long time, Demeter Aurion. Check it out for yourself, it looks like spam or nonsense content.
It’s been like that for years so no chance of getting my own username’s domain back.
Previously, I’ve had five or so domains through 1&1 and never once were they sold after they expired. I now use Namecheap for all my domain services.
Your Site Will be Slow
WordPress sites on GoDaddy are joke; believe me, I work on them often. While the front-end of the website might seem to load at an ok pace, the WordPress back-end struggles to load up items.
Often times the server will simply time out because it’s been loading for so long.
For a developer, this leaves you with a headache while trying to refresh the same page multiple times. Things that should take minutes to do often take much longer.
Also, their user interface is horrible. If it takes me 15 minutes to figure out how to change a domain’s DNS, I weep for the business owners struggling to navigate their admin area.
Good Luck with Their Support
I’ve heard plenty of horror stories about their support. Last year GoDaddy removed their email and ticket support systems in favor of phone
and live chat. Evidently they only have phone support now; I can attest from recently having contacted their support.
From my experience with equally nightmarish host, Rackspace, live chat employees often can’t fix a lot of major issues. That’s if you can get connected to a person. While some people may prefer to call in for support (and wait), I don’t fancy talking on the phone and would rather use a ticket system.
The Big Guys are Corrupt
The CEO of GoDaddy, Bob Parsons, isn’t a beloved fellow. He evidently gets his kicks by slaughtering elephants in Africa.
GoDaddy also originally supported SOPA, which caused many of their customers to boycott the service.
Most online companies were against the act and some even went “black” to protest the act. Still not convinced?
They have a history of exploiting women and creating sexist advertisements. Just take a look at this one:
Everyone Hates Them
If you are a tech person – be it a designer, developer, or freelancer – you probably stay away from GoDaddy. Unfortunately, most of GoDaddy’s customers seem to be oblivious business owners just going with what they think is the most popular option.
But if you do a bit of research you can find that there is a huge community of GoDaddy haters.
You could literally read a novel’s worth of horror stories by ex-GoDaddy users. Some would argue that GoDaddy is making strides to better their service and tools in the past year but with far better options, why waste your time?
The Good News
If you need help removing yourself from their system just let me know! I’ll help you ensure your site has a smooth transition to a quality host.