How to Dump GoDaddy

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Tomorrow, Dec. 29, 2011, has been officially declared Dump GoDaddy Day by SelfProdigy on Reddit. GoDaddy fell off my preferred vendor list for WordPress hosting earlier this year. And now, they are loosing up to 20,000 domains a day as backlash protest continues over their short-lived support of SOPA. Let me tell you why you should consider leaving GoDaddy and how I can make it an easy trip for you.

The SOPA Saga

SOPA stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act that is currently making its way through the U.S. Congress. While on the surface it sounds like a great way to protect online copyright, some folks are very concerned about how much power the government will have to censor what the public can view online.

For a brief time, GoDaddy jumped on board in support of SOPA and called for all others in the online industry to do the same. When the public outcry reached their corporate ears, they quickly withdrew their support and reversed their stance. It was too little, too late and they are suffering the consequences in loss of business.

GoDaddy and Web Hosting

I removed GoDaddy from my preferred vendor list of WordPress hosting providers for one simple reason. My clients usually call me first for support when anything happens to their site. I got too many calls for sites on GoDaddy.

Plus, they don’t allow some of the security features I manually install, which is another reason for me to drop them from my preferred list.

GoDaddy Tonight

I constantly warn off new site owners from using DIY templates, including GoDaddy’s Website Tonight platform. Everything about it is proprietary and you have to jump through some hoops when you want to move to WordPress and/or to another host.

Shady SEO Practices

Another reason to get off the Website Tonight platform is because GoDaddy is using it to bump their own rankings with shady SEO practices. Check this post on Yoast.com about GoDaddy’s Link Building practices.

Email Running Late

Unlike the postal service who delivers in any weather, GoDaddy has a nasty reputation for delivering emails late – by days at times. If you run a business, you can’t afford to miss your emails like that.

GoDaddy for Domains

Even though I don’t care for their hosting service, GoDaddy is good for domains. I have several registered with them and don’t intend to move them just yet. But, my site files are located elsewhere. So, it is perfectly possible to have your domain registered in one place, and your site hosting account somewhere else.

Ready to Go Yet?

If your WordPress site is hosted on GoDaddy, I can help you move it in a quick and painless manner. If you’re on the Website Tonight platform, you’ll have to jump through a few more hoops, but I can help you out of that situation too. Contact me directly and I’ll tell you how to get your site with a better hosting company.

If you also want a little WordPress training or a site consultation to go with your move, have a look at these specials too. New Site Owner Specials. The same rates apply to existing site owners moving to a new host.

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  1. says

    I agree with everything you said about GoDaddy, including that they’re great for REGISTERING domains.

    With that said, if you really want to “hurt” GoDaddy by withdrawal of business, then I suggest you also swith your registrar elsewhere.

    I’ve recently done so myself to NameCheap, they have 24/7 online support via chat and are VERY quick with response on support issues in tickets.

    It hasn’t been even 3 months with them for me as yet, but I’m quite pleased. I’m sure there are others just as good if not better than GoDaddy, NameCheap, etc.

    Great article.

    • BlogAid says

      Agreed, Marc. NameCheap is a good alternative to GoDaddy. I’m positive GoDaddy is going to continue paying the price for this for a while to come.