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Why Nobody Should Use Go Daddy

Go Daddy Sucks!

Earlier today, I noticed a article on TechCrunch regarding Go Daddy that caught my eye. Apparently an outage caused by a member of Anonymous took down millions of sites hosted by Go Daddy (UPDATE: Go Daddy says it's due to internal network issues). After seeing so many comments from people who use Go Daddy's services, I realize the time has finally come for me to share everything I know about domain names, one by one (and I know more about this field than anyone can possibly imagine, due to 10+ years of obsessive registering experience). So look forward to a series of blog posts here that will cover the following topics, and many more (feel free to leave a comment on a topic that interests you the most and I'll cover that first):
 
1) How to use Gmail for your website email
2) How to register a domain name without paying full price
3) What additional services you should purchase with your domain name
4) How to transfer a domain name without paying full price
5) How to snatch an expiring domain name
6) How to find the cheapest AND reliable hosting company
7) What to look for in a hosting company
8) How to manage your domain names
9) How to find cool domain names
10) How to keep track of expiring domain names
 
Today I'll briefly go over the basics of why nobody should really use Go Daddy whatsoever. I'm not trying to bash Go Daddy, as I've used their services myself in the past, just like everybody else (but only when absolutely necessary when their promotion was cheaper than everyone else). It is more of my attempt at enlightening the masses on its competitors that offer the same services for a cheaper price. Hopefully my blog post (as well as millions of others) will force Go Daddy to offer better services for a more competitive price.
 
First, I should start by saying that Go Daddy is currently the world's number one domain registrar, maintaining roughly 32% of the global market share. Second, until circa 1999, domain registration was a monopoly held by Network Solutions (and you had to pay an arm and a leg to register). Fast forward 10+ years, now there are so many registrars out there that are so competitive in price that there is absolutely no reason to pay so much for a service that does the same exact thing: Register a domain name. There are some minor differences in the level of service that you get with each registrar, but they are mostly negligible and I'll go over the important ones in one of the future blog posts.
 
So the big question for today is, why should nobody use Go Daddy?
 
1) Go Daddy is certainly not the most expensive domain registar, but they are nowhere near the cheapest either (again, for a service that mostly does exactly the same thing). I've registered dozens if not hundreds of domain names over the past 10+ years (some of the interesting domain names that I own are: Discography.by, Drupalify.com, GMDB.com, Jayl.ee & Vector.dj), and the most amount of money that I paid (for a .com domain name) was $5, and the lowest was $1. If I can do it, so can you.
 
2) Regarding hosting, you should never, ever, EVER host your website with a domain registrar. Why? Because they specialize in domain registration and NOT in hosting. Therefore, they can rarely compete with those that specialize in hosting, especially in terms of price & quality. I've always paid less than half (which continues to go down as time passes by) of what Go Daddy charges for more than twice (which continues to go up as time passes by) of what they offer. Again, if I can do it, so can you.
 
3) Go Daddy charges extra for pretty much EVERYTHING other than the domain name itself. More on this in a future blog post.
 
If you're with Go Daddy, please consider leaving. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments and I will do everything I can to help. cool

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