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Former USMC veteran Bob Parsons founded GoDaddy in 1997. Specializing in domain registry and reselling, GoDaddy also offers multiple services, including managed hosting, website building, email integration, and other web-driven services. With more than 60 million domains under management, Go Daddy currently has more than 14 million customers around the world.
If you want to purchase a .com domain with Go Daddy, it will cost $11.99/year.
The one thing notorious about GoDaddy's prices is that the first year's price is very low and balloons up to a higher price the following year, locking customers in to the higher price. (Currently that higher price averages at $14.99-$15.99/year).
All domains come with the following:
Compared to other domain name companies, both of GoDaddy's prices are in line with most domain registrars in the industry.
For additional Top-Level Domains, such as .org, .net, .co, .info, etc., GoDaddy charges an average of $11.99/year. Different extensions have different perks included. For example a .net TLD costs $11.99/year and includes free domain parking, automatic domain parking, total DNS control, change of registration option and status alerts. This makes GoDaddy competitive in this area, as some domain companies offer additional TLDs at higher rates than their .com domains.
According to one of GoDaddy's Live representatives, when asked how many Top-Level Domains (TLDs) they offer, the answer was "A LOT". Upon further research, it appears GoDaddy offers hundreds of domains. Some companies only offer around 100 different TLDs and a few offer over 500, making GoDaddy on par with the average domain registration company.
Customers purchasing a large number of domain names are offered the option of signing up for GoDaddy's Domain Discount Club. The Domain Discount Club discounts the price you pay for bulk domains, but it also includes revenue-generating extras like CashParking Premium and a GoDaddy Auctions membership.
GoDaddy's discount program offers a percentage ranging from 16% to 40% off particular domain names. The discount percentage depends on the extensions, # of domains, and # of years on the domain. GoDaddy does not have responsive links to the discount pricing page information, so it is not available. Some domain companies offer a discount pyramid, where you get 10% off for 100 domains and so forth.
GoDaddy offers customers security features for their domains. They can get WHOIS privacy, which hides their personal information on the public WHOIS database, which is $7.99/year for each domain and $14.99/year for additional privacy and Business protection. Business protection includes protected registration to prevent accidental domain expiration or malicious transfer, certified domain seal to show visitors your domain is valid and a Business Registration Card to show viewers in the WHOIS directory. GoDaddy's $7.99/year fee is less than the industry average of $9.99/year.
GoDaddy is one of the very few companies who offer an app for mobile customers with Apple or Android devices. The app is free and has a 4+ iOS rating and a 4.1 Android rating. The GoDaddy app offers:
Go Daddy is known for its 24/7 customer support and is arguably the best in the industry. Throughout their website, "Help" options appear everywhere on the website, from the header to the footers of all website pages. They have a Live Chat window (which pops up excessively on every page while you're visiting their site-which can get annoying). However, their Live Chat is really live in contrast to some domain companies have "live chats" that function as email support tickets. There is also a GoDaddy Help page, where common questions are asked and answered by GoDaddy representatives in the comment section. Unlike many domain registrars, GoDaddy does not have email support. They pride themselves on being a "live" support provider.
GoDaddy's mandatory ICANN fee of 18 cents is indicated on their website. While most domain name providers include this fee in their advertised cost, GoDaddy tells customers this through a small print notice at the bottom of their home pages. Although the fee is only 18 cents, it does change the advertised price and puts off some customers.
Some domain registrar companies add on ICANN fees at the check out and those companies that have these fees scored lower than those that didn't. Other companies fail to mention whether or not they had those fees included.
GoDaddy is infamous for its upsells during the checkout process. They offer 5 upsells, 4 of which are the full contents of one of the checkout pages as you scroll down for the button to click to the next page. GoDaddy has improved from years ago when they assaulted customers with aggressive, annoying upsell pop-ups throughout the checkout process. Compared to the majority of domain registration companies, GoDaddy annoys users with their aggressive upselling techniques, making consumers go through several additional screens of sales pitches in order to buy a domain name.
Customers wanting to transfer their domains to another registrar will find that the term "how to transfer a domain away from Go Daddy" comes up on Google's first page. They offer a detailed information page with step by step instructions. The process, GoDaddy says, takes 10 days to complete. This is longer than the average 5-7 day timeframe most companies promise customers.
Additionally, GoDaddy customers are not eligible to transfer a domain for a 60-day period after the following events:
Customers also cannot transfer a domain for a 10-day period after changing their domain from one GoDaddy account to another using their Account Change Process. GoDaddy generously answers questions posed in the comment section on the external transfer instruction page on their website.
The overall conclusion is that GoDaddy may be "creating delays" with long wait periods to avoid losing business.
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Quick registry. I especially appreciate the options if the domain you need is already taken.
At renewal Godaddy is trying to charge me €15.99 in Euros while I am in the United States! The amount should be $14.99 but they not only increased it by $1 or €1 vbut also are trying to rip me off by charging in €uros or British Pounds! And this is with a Promo Code! Plus, they also charge me extra for Taxes and Fees that they did not charge before! What a way to treat a long time customer. They want to make sure I will transfer my domains to another registrar! Also, as soon as I added my domain names into the renewal cart Godaddy moved the renewal date for all of my domains 19 days back which means now I will be paying for one year but receive not 365 days but only 346 days of their service! Godaddy were trying to rip me off for many years now, but lately their game has become more like a fraud or a scam rather than a domain registrar. This is not the way to treat a customer of almost 2 decades! Read FORBES article about crooked deals and ripoffs of Godaddy.
I love how easy it is to purchase a domain from Go Daddy. I am not a computer whiz, but I had no problem finding what I needed.
GoDaddy used to stink but has recently really upped their game. Their user interface has improved greatly. I think their pricing is fair. The only bummer is how much they try to up sell your. Godaddy was one of the first companies I used to purchase domains and host my websites. It has been fun to see them grow and constantly improve their user interface.
Don't say no one ever told you so. I never leave reviews, but they suck. CS Bad. Products Bad. Always trying to cross-sell. I'm done with them. Oh yeah, was their web builder so crappy they had to bring in another company? Just sayin do your homework before dealing with Godaddy. Maybe less of those masochistic ads and possibly they can keep their high prices down. If you really wanna look at that stuff, there is free porn; this is the internet anyway.
The biggest problem I've found with GoDaddy is that their servers crash all the time due to too many websites being on them at once. Then, it's a hassle to get the website back up after it crashes. To some people, the price point makes it worth it, but for me, that is not something I enjoy.
They have screwed up my account multiple times causing me to lose domain names and other products like email after repeatedly asking them to keep all the products in my account on auto-renew. Very unfriendly customer service. Supervisors very rude on both occasions i had to speak with them about this. It' is bad when the customer has to be the diplomatic one. I am switching from GoDaddy asap.
All the balloons, whistles and dancing bears when you register a new product for one year. I don't want to scare the children, but just wait until next year when you need to renew your domain. You have been warned!
Wonderful company cares about employees and customers !
Their new products blow away their old stuff. Blake Irving is doing great as the new CEO