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I agree, GoDaddy is becoming bigger, while all the other web-hosts are getting smaller. GoDaddy is like the Wal-Mart of web-hosting, it's definitely the biggest store in the country, and there are a lot of mini Wal-Mart's trying to get bigger, but everyone knows they can't and they won't.

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No way. Yes, they are big, no doubt, but they also lost A LOT of support with the whole SOPA thing. They openly supported it for a while and even though they eventually removed their public support for it, the damage was already done. The owner of entire cheezburger line of domains even pulled his business from them. Yes, most of that has blown over and I'm sure new customers are clueless about it, but they lost a bunch of their loyal customer base.

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I've never used them, and never will. They supported SOPA and continue with this stance.

 

I thought they'd retracted their support?

 

I still use them, since it really makes no difference at all where your domains are hosted and they're extremely cheap. If SOPA (or similar) came into effect, it'd hit all the registrars anyway. And there'd be nothing to stop me shuffling all my domains elsewhere if and when. So I'll take the savings for the moment. :)

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They did retract it....way later than they should've. And there were plenty of people saying they still supported it but just removed their name from the list. Regardless, they only retracted it because of customer pressure and they certainly didn't flip and push against it either. That definitely still has some feathers ruffled, like ChuckTesta's up there.

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Doesn't really bother me, at least they listened to their customers so I'm happy.

 

The super cheap domains and tech support are just too good for me to pickup and move.

 

Any others I have tried have been nothing but grief for me.

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They are the worst bunch I have ever seen. Lousy business man. The customer support is just show. They use blackhat methods on all the customers and you wont even notice them. Want to see proof:

 

As you all know, I won the last domain contest and I was searching for a good domain. I got a decent domain that was premium at 20$ and I was very happy. I log back in after 2 days and the domain value has DOUBLED!!!!!

 

I was very astonished, after some research I found that they have been doing it for quite long. So the lesson learned is that even if you like them, never do domain search on their engine unless you intend to buy at that instant. You will lose money guaranteed.

 

Also the SOPA thing is still on my mind. I hope they go to hell. Also they aren't as big as they would have like us to believe. Its just nonsense. Most people just buy domain there and get hosting at hostgator.

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@Godric they use these techniques all the time, that's why I never search for available domains on GoDaddy. I happened to find a lucrative .ORG and barely 5 minutes later it was registered. The biggest mistake I did was use the Ajaxwhois site for domain search which is powered by GoDaddy.

 

I used GoDaddy hosting long time back but I didn't like the interface and support so I switched to Hostgator, haven't faced any problems since then.

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I got my domain from GoDaddy. I host my site on HostGator.

 

I heard others say some other domain company offer free privacy. GoDaddy list your full information including your name, until you pay them to remove it from the public view, I say it is a robbery.

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@Godric they use these techniques all the time, that's why I never search for available domains on GoDaddy. I happened to find a lucrative .ORG and barely 5 minutes later it was registered. The biggest mistake I did was use the Ajaxwhois site for domain search which is powered by GoDaddy.

 

I used GoDaddy hosting long time back but I didn't like the interface and support so I switched to Hostgator, haven't faced any problems since then.

 

I feel your pain. It was such an epic domain I had. It could easily sell for 1000$+. I was crying when that happened though.

 

I got my domain from GoDaddy. I host my site on HostGator.

 

I heard others say some other domain company offer free privacy. GoDaddy list your full information including your name, until you pay them to remove it from the public view, I say it is a robbery.

 

I totally agree with you. Its better to go with namecheap, free privacy and low cost too. another option is name.com.

Its a good one too.

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Then why wait to register?

 

Its already registered by the time I had the money. But I got the .net variation through you. The domain is now selling at 1658$.

My luck really sucks thanks to godaddy.

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They did retract it....way later than they should've. And there were plenty of people saying they still supported it but just removed their name from the list. Regardless, they only retracted it because of customer pressure and they certainly didn't flip and push against it either. That definitely still has some feathers ruffled, like ChuckTesta's up there.

 

I can understand that. I just see it as another stupid move by a big company, much like their insistence in using "GoDaddy Girls" (who are really not attractive) to sell their brand. 1950s, much? All big companies make astoundingly stupid decisions - the SOPA one was just more public than many.

 

As you all know, I won the last domain contest and I was searching for a good domain. I got a decent domain that was premium at 20$ and I was very happy. I log back in after 2 days and the domain value has DOUBLED!!!!!

 

LOL, that's not black hat - that's smart business acumen. That's like a real estate agent seeing a high offer for a property then going out and buying it themselves at a lower price to make a profit. No surprises there at all. Even catalogue companies do this - why do you think you get ads offering you the very things you've searched for over the last few weeks?

 

I'll bet we all do this on our own sites, too. I know I look at the searches on my blogs and consider what people are looking for so I can offer it to them (or profit from it myself). I'd be stupid not to. Data analysis = essential.

 

I've actually had the opposite happen: I searched for some domains, put them in my cart and decided not to buy. Two days later I got an email offering me 30% off them if I bought... so I did. Saved myself 30% on some really good domain names. It works both ways.

 

I was very astonished, after some research I found that they have been doing it for quite long. So the lesson learned is that even if you like them, never do domain search on their engine unless you intend to buy at that instant. You will lose money guaranteed.

 

Standard practice for searching (or anything) online: if you don't want a company to know what you're looking for, don't search on their site; if you don't want them to have some information, don't type it into a form.

 

Also they aren't as big as they would have like us to believe. Its just nonsense. Most people just buy domain there and get hosting at hostgator.

 

Agreed: they give out a "we're the only provider" message and it works because people believe it. Personally I "shop" there because they're cheap - cheaper than any other I've found - not because of their message, their hosting, their image or anything else. It's purely a financial decision.

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In my opinion, they are the biggest name in the domain name business, not the web hosting business. Names like Hostgator, HostMonster, and BlueHost come to mind when I think of cheap places to host. I was kind of taken aback by the comment that everyone else should throw in the towel. You'll find a lot of people who don't agree. There will always be an abundant number of web hosting companies around because everyone's needs and every company's support system differ. It's not a one-fits-all kind of business.

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I've heard enough about GoDaddy's business practices that I will just pay the extra bit on domains. I simply refuse to use GoDaddy, and it would take a lot for me to change that decision.

 

Thank you whoever mentioned GoDaddy's search secret. I'll make sure to never use them or AjaxWhois.

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No not at all!

 

I hate it and will never use it again. Another host that is big that I find good is HostPapa, it is a Canadian host which is pretty good but a little bit expensive.

 

I currently use TrendyHost and I find it to be the best for my hosting needs. And very cheap too.

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I did a quick search on GoDaddy and 123-Reg to see if the domaine name http://simplytom69.com and see the costs.

 

Godaddy - $11.99

123-Reg - £10.99 (Apparently $17.99 although I find that slightly hard to believe).

 

But $6 difference? I can handle that. I mean since it's only a year whats an extra $6 a year?

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Well, apart from the obvious answer ("It's $6"), consider my position of owning (at the moment) 67 domains. That'd be just over $400 a year. And that's small fry compared to professional site developers.

 

Assuming you're talking about the reg cost, not hosting of course. I have an unlimited hosting plan on iPage, so I can host as many domains as I want for one cost.

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I hate it, and it's definitely not the only site for this around! I use namecheap for domains, and random hosts for hosting (so far I've tried JustHost and BlueHost, both were just fine). I've also found that GoDaddy tends to be pricier than others...

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With GoDaddy I find their services to be as good as anyone else's but their PR is absolutely terrible. They ought to employ a small team of staff to look at their public image and they'll have a huge job on their hands because the elephant shooting and support for SOPA severely damaged their public image.

 

Personally I use a private server with OVH and have absolutely no problems at all. I don't like to buy everything from the big guys at the top because I find that usually their support is lacking and they don't really care as much about the customers because they can just pay someone else to deal with us.

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Definitely not. That's what I thought but now I'm registering all my domains with Namecheap since I find them cheaper. Also, another alternative would be having your host register the domain for you. Most hosts, usually, provide you with a free domain if you are using their hosting plan.

 

EDIT: Didn't realize you were talking about hosting. In that case, GoDaddy is WAY TOO Overpriced imo.

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