Web Host Review: Hostgator and Go Daddy - Go Daddy as Name Registrar and Host
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First things first: Go Daddy is a great name registrar but is generally regarded as an indifferent host. The major issue is support. When it comes to support, Go Daddy gets abysmal marks, but when it comes to purchasing a domain name, Go Daddy is rated well.
One software engineer at www.findhosts.com said he bought a domain and web hosting, and he had support problems. He had to call support several times; each time matters were resolved quickly and the support was excellent. Several other comments, however, were not charitable.
For example, another poster said that "If you like form-replies to anything and everything you send to sales, support, comment, question, complaint email addresses, Go Daddy is for you. If you like never having the same sales person trying to help you buy (BUY!) something from them, and only want to be told no," then go with Go Daddy. Another poster complained about being banned for having logged in from different places.
However a lot of web sites do give Go Daddy high scores when it comes to web hosting, and pretty much agree that you will get almost no down time.
Site Builder Options
There is a little less flexibility with the site builder options on Go Daddy. It seems to be run more as a turn key web design business than as a service to customers. There are options to either use a template (slightly less than $50) to custom-built sites (slightly less than $90 a month); note that hosting and updating are inclusive. The sample sites presented were clean but not exceptional; on the other hand, that could be my envious web developer side griping.
The Big Deal: Domain Names
What Go Daddy is best at is domain name registering, and I have to admit their prices are pretty good. They also offer lots of extra stuff. Check out their web site (especially the domain sales site here). Here's an adapted version of their domain name prices.
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