There, I said it. Much has been said about GoDaddy and its reputation, but more and more people have voiced their frustrations about GoDaddy, and I am now officially one of them. Some will recall that I blogged about 1&1 and its atrocious technical support in January. However, I have recently discovered that GoDaddy is even worse, and in this case, I'm not only referring to the technical support but to everything about GoDaddy. However, rest assured that it does come with the inevitable useless and incompetent technical support that seems to come with most hosting services these days (except GoDaddy's technical support is much worse than 1&1's, which, by itself, is quite a feat).
GoDaddy's problems start no sonner than the home page:
Too much content, too little space, making the home page a real mess, and don't even get me started about the advertising.
Actually, screw that - I am going to rant about GoDaddy's annoying advertising schemes.
GoDaddy shoves advertising down your throat at every opportunity, and never ceases to tout all its special offers and shamelessly spends all its time and poorly-designed pages convincing you to buy packages and options you will absolutely never need. I went through the domain purchase process (not that I actually needed to buy one, but just to verify how bad it was), and the amount of times GoDaddy tried to get me to buy tons of useless features is truly flabbergasting.
Holy crap, I sure need all these packages, domains, and features! For some reason, GoDaddy would not let me do a domain search for f***godaddy.com or even godaddysucks.com and ihategodaddy.com. What the hell just happened to my freedom of free speech? Thankfully, I was able to make dubious domain searches such as thiswebsitesucks.com and aborttheinternet.com. Due to my inability to make any domain search with "godaddy" in it, I reckon it would be pointless to use it should I ever want to register gogodaddy.com although the latter may have absolutely nothing to do with GoDaddy.
This down-your-throat advertising is made even worse by the fact that it NEVER STOPS. Indeed, some advertising at the stage of the domain search would come across as normal. Most hosting providers do it albeit not as obtrusively as GoDaddy. However, GoDaddy goes way further by relentlessly throwing its "special offers" at every step of the registration process.
Wow! SFAMILY.ME is available? It has absolutely nothing to do with my purchase of aborttheinternet.com, but I might as well forget the recession and buy a domain name that bears no relevancy to my original purchase. Think that's enough?
At the checkout option, GoDaddy automatically selects the 2 year registration length instead of the more logical 1 year option. This is of course accompanied by several Economy, Deluxe, and Unlimited package offers, which basically equal throwing your hard-earned money down the gutter.
Thankfully, the shopping process is something one completes fairly quickly unless you like buying domain names and hosting space by the dozen. Unfortunately, this is where the real problem starts. GoDaddy's control panel is an ill-conceived piece of trash whose sole purpose is to annoy users.. However, this deserves its own post, so stay tuned for this post for my foul-mouthed rant on GoDaddy's atrocious control panel.