For those of you who have used GoDaddy for domain registration but are dissatisfied with their pricing and service, there are better alternatives that provide cheaper domains plus less sly marketing. Unlike GoDaddy, they have not got to the point of arrogance and provide lower cost renewals, so if you plan to keep the domain for more than 1 year, you will be better off with namecheap or other providers (see below).
Check below for alternatives to Go Daddy, you may also like this post from Forbes : 5 Reasons You Should Leave Godaddy And How
Firstly, why I changed my mind… Up until recently, I used GoDaddy for all of my domain names. A recent exchange with their support got me to take a look behind the slick veneer and this is what I found.
The reason for my contacting support was because on a domain renewal email,
I looked at the price and thought why is it cheaper to register a domain than to renew it? Every other business in the world has less work to do on a renewal than on the initial sale, but GoDaddy is more expensive. Why? Luckily, I got this nice promo in the same email, so I thought great, I will renew a whole bunch together and it will be the same:
Unfortunately I didn’t read the fine print which meant the promo was actually useless so I got caught and the service person said sorry about that, we can’t refund your money, the only way is to cancel the domains
GoDaddy has become arrogant.
Sure they are the biggest on the internet, but you can tell from their attitude that they are #1 and only the smart users will change away from them.
A little more Digging and the Internet tells all …
- Meet GoDaddys Ridiculous Elephant Killing CEO
- GoGaddy Shifts From Sleaze To Jean Claude Van Damme
- Breakup With GoDaddy
Good alternatives to Godaddy:
There are lots of alternatives, but I’ll keep it simple here.
- I’ve also heard good things about domainmonster as well as 1and1
- HostGator.com – Fantastic support for hosting accounts.
- I’ve also heard good things about Bluehost.
More: Check out this post from Forbes : 5 Reasons You Should Leave Godaddy And How
Why just quietly move away instead of fighting godaddy?
Because if you fight Go-Daddy, they can take away your domains.
You agree that if a dispute arises as a result of one (1) or more domain names you have registered using Go Daddy, you will indemnify, defend and hold Go Daddy harmless as provided for in this Agreement. You also agree that if Go Daddy is notified that a complaint has been filed with a governmental, administrative or judicial body, regarding a domain name registered by you using Go Daddy, that Go Daddy, in its sole discretion, may take whatever action Go Daddy deems necessary regarding further modification, assignment of and/or control of the domain name deemed necessary to comply with the actions or requirements of the governmental, administrative or judicial body until such time as the dispute is settled. In this event you agree to hold Go Daddy harmless for any action taken by Go Daddy.
Better just to walk away to namecheap or others even though you know that GoDaddy will be a cash cow for them for years.