Personally, I’ve had 2 bad experiences with GoDaddy couple of years ago:
- GoDaddy leaked my personal info. I used their escrow service to sell a valuable domain name to another individual. I was promised full anonymity. Somehow, after the sale was done, GoDaddy sent my entire protected WHOIS information to the buyer, revealing my full name, phone number, and physical address.
- GoDaddy possibly snooped a domain name typed in their search bar. I was looking up domain names for a startup I was consulting for. A pretty unusual 2 word .com. I checked the name on the GoDaddy website but didn’t buy it. The next day my domain of choice was registered my domain name suddenly registered at GoDaddy. Sure, might’ve been a coincidence, but my gut tells me it wasn’t. It was a pretty unusual domain name and nothing like that happened during the multitude of times I registered domains with other registrars.
I also had multiple unsatisfactory experiences using their products, customer service, and their UI in particular while consulting for several clients over the years.
Sure, these are anecdotal, n equals 1, and all that, but let’s look at the history and at what the people are saying about the company around the world:
🏆 GoDaddy’s history
Oh, btw, they are not only incompetent slash potentially malicious. GoDaddy is one of the most unethical companies I’ve ever witnessed.
And they are still, by far, the largest domain name registrar on the planet:
So here’s a bit about the company. Took me about 30 minutes of googling to find these:
- Here Is Godaddy’s Statement In Support Of The Stop Online Privacy Act House Hearing Tomorrow
- GoDaddy supports SOPA, a Redditor proposes “Move Your Domain Day”
- Cheezburger’s Ben Huh: If GoDaddy Supports SOPA, We’re Taking Our 1000+ Domains Elsewhere
- Wikipedia will be leaving GoDaddy
- Transfer of Wikipedia sites from GoDaddy complete
- GoDaddy has NOT withdrawn its official congressional support for SOPA
- GoDaddy: a glimpse of the Internet under SOPA
- GoDaddy not only helped write SOPA they are also exempt from it
- How to damage your brand in one smooth shot – Way to GoDaddy
- Tell HN: Never search for domains on Godaddy.com
- GoDaddy Released My Personal Information to a Spammer Troll
- GoDaddy SSL Cert Scam
- GoDaddy is a scam
- GoDaddy store your passwords in clear and may access your VPS without permission
- Godaddy has issued at least 8850 SSL certificates without validating anything
- GoDaddy deletes my domains and charges me to restore them
- Mexican Protest Site Censored by GoDaddy with the U.S. Embassy’s Help
- December 29th is Dump GoDaddy Day
- GoDaddy Employees Used in Attacks on Multiple Cryptocurrency Services
- GoDaddy hack: Miscreant goes AWOL with 28,000 users’ SSH login creds after vandalizing server-side file
- GoDaddy outage caused by corrupted router tables
- Avoid downtime: Currently using GoDaddy‘s DNS? Switch DNS before transferring
- Why you should never use GoDaddy ever again (even for a domain search)
- GoDaddy Pulls Lavabit’s Security Creds Because the FBI Got Its Encryption Keys
- Victims of Revenge Porn Mount Class Action Suit Against GoDaddy and Texxxan.com
- GoDaddy out of control – Sites hacked again
- GoDaddy’s Domain Registration Totally Screws .me
- GoDaddy Charges Customer $6,579 in Fees; Points Finger at Drupal
- Godaddy is basically robbing customers
- GoDaddy‘s DNS Servers Go Down, Along With Thousands of Sites in Europe
- GoDaddy’s VP was bidding in customer’s domain name auctions
Let me clarify the last one. Their Vice President was manipulating their customer’s auctions.
Come on, guys.
Every year I think that maybe finally people realized how crappy of a registrar GoDaddy is, then I look at the domain stats, or I see another case of stuff like above on Hacker News. It’s sad.
🎯 Which registrars I use
As you might know, I don’t do affiliate links and I’m not, in any way, compensated by these companies.
I’ve traded thousands of domains in my career as a domainer and I can wholeheartedly recommend these registrars: