Web Hosting Review: Godaddy

GoDaddy.com is the world’s largest domain name registrar and is the flagship company of The Go Daddy Group, Inc.

The Go Daddy Group of companies also includes Wild West Domains, Inc., a reseller of domains and domain-related products and services; Domains By Proxy, a private registration service; Starfield Technologies, a research and development affiliate; and Blue Razor Domains, a membership-based discount registrar.

As an ICANN-accredited domain registrar, Go Daddy has more names under management than any other registrar, offers products at prices up to 70% less than the competition and supports them all with world-class 24/7 live customer service.

We develop our technology in-house, and do not outsource our support operations. This enables us to provide better support and ensure the most advanced and competitively-priced products and services available today.

Founded by Bob Parsons in 1997, The Go Daddy Group has grown to include more than 43 million domains under management. We offer a complete product line, including comprehensive hosting solutions, Web site creation tools, Secure SSL certificates, personalized email with spam and anti-phishing filtering, e-commerce tools and more.

Go Daddy is widely recognized for its success, having been ranked #8 on the 2004 Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies; #20 on the 2005 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 (growing 8,274 percent!); and having won the CNET Editor’s Choice award in 2001, the Name Intelligence Largest Net Gain Award in 2002, 2003 and 2005; the Name Intelligence Users’ Choice Award in 2005 as well as the #1 Best Overall Registrar in 2003. Go Daddy also won the Arizona Corporate Excellence Award for fastest growing privately-held company in 2003 and Most Innovative Large Company in 2004.

Go Daddy has become the world’s #1 choice for domains by providing innovative, competitively-priced products, delivering the highest quality customer service, and by always appreciating and listening to its customers!

All Plans Include:

24×7 FTP access
World-Class Data CentersDaily Backups
Best-of-Breed Routers, Firewalls and Servers
Web site statistics
FREE Email Addresses
Google® Webmaster Tools
Ad Credits from MySpace®, Google® and Facebook®
Fotolia® Photo Credits
Key Technical Features

Customer Reviews:

“I know that GoDaddy.com hosting isn’t going to let me down,” says Cochrane. “I’m never worried about having enough bandwidth or disk space, and the 99.9% uptime guarantee means my site is always going to be live without interruption for my readers.”

“I have 3 sites hosted by GoDaddy.com and would never use anyone else. Your customer service and support is outstanding.”

 Awards and Honors:

There’s nothing more rewarding than having millions of happy Go Daddy customers, but it’s still nice to know our hard work and dedication are appreciated by those who know our business inside and out. Here are some of our noted industry awards and honors. 

 2010 Honorable Mention, Alfred P. Sloan Award
Go Daddy is once again an Alfred P. Sloan Award recipient – honored for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

The prestigious ranking means Go Daddy is in the top 20% of U.S. employers in terms of flexible work programs, policies and culture. Go Daddy has earned the Alfred P. Sloan ranking four out of five years. The national award is part of the When Work Works national project on workplace effectiveness and workplace flexibility.  
 Inc. 500/5000, 2004 – 2010
For a seventh consecutive year, The Go Daddy Group, Inc. is listed on Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500/5000″ list. The list is comprised of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies.  
 Domain Pioneer Award – 25th Anniversary .com
Go Daddy, the leader in domain name registration, now holds the honor of “Domain Pioneer.” The award came during the 25th Anniversary of .com Gala. The presenters acknowledged Go Daddy for its integral role in shaping the .com domain and providing .com domain names to millions of registrants worldwide.  
 2010 AZCentral.com Best Awards
2010 Best Readers Choice Awards
Best Employee Perks: Go Daddy
Best Employer (1,000+ employees): Go Daddy

The readers have spoken again, voting Go Daddy as a winner in the Best Employer and Best Employee Perks categories. Reasons include: Go Daddy’s multimillion-dollar holiday party, held the past few years at Chase Field, full-time employees get 100 percent of their medical and dental premiums paid, three weeks’ vacation the first year, eight paid holidays and a match of up to $5,000 on their 401(k) contributions. Top performers regularly get to spin the prize wheel and win anything from cash to mortgage payments. Go Daddy’s dress code definitely leans toward T-shirts and jeans, instead of suits and ties.  
 2010 Finalist, BBB of Greater Arizona Business Ethics Awards
Go Daddy ranked as one of three finalists in the BBB of Great Arizona Business Ethics Awards. BBB’s Board of Directors and Foundation established the BBB Business Ethics Awards to recognize those firms whose business practices and related activities exemplify the BBB’s mission and principles, and to ensure the marketplace remains fair and honorable.  
 Domain Name Wire — Best Registrar Award — 2010
Go Daddy was voted “Best Registrar” in the Domain Name Wire annual survey for a fifth consecutive year. According to the survey results, Go Daddy won the award with 41% of the votes.  
 ”Best Places to Work in the Valley” 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009
For the sixth consecutive year, Go Daddy is ranked as one of the Valley’s Best Places to Work. The award recognizes top employers in the Phoenix-metro area. These results are based 100% on employee surveys.  
 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 – 2009
Technology Fast 500 recognizes innovative companies that have broken barriers to success and defied the odds with their remarkable five-year revenue growth (2004-2008). For a fourth year, Deloitte has ranked Go Daddy as one of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.  
 Commission Junction – 2009 People’s Choice Advertiser
Go Daddy has been named People’s Choice Advertiser from Commission Junction for the 2nd consecutive year. Award winners represent national and international brands, chosen for their outstanding network performance metrics.  

 2009 AZCentral.com Best Awards
2009 Best Readers Choice Awards
Best Employee Perks: Go Daddy

In an economy where people are lucky to have a job and especially to hold onto their benefits, employees at Go Daddy are fortunate. The growing Scottsdale company, which has become the world’s largest provider of Internet-domain names, offers massages, subsidized lunches and dinners, discounts, monthly team-building sessions and flexible working schedules.  
 2009 Best of the Best Award – Manufacturing & Technology
Go Daddy has been named the “Best of the Best” technology company by Ranking Arizona in the Manufacturing and Technology category. Winners are selected by other top-ranked businesses, a voting group comprised of 175 of Arizona’s No. 1 companies. The distinction represents the business community’s favorite companies, or the Best of the Best, in each of ten major industry categories.  
 Domain Name Wire – Best Registrar Award – 2009
Go Daddy is voted “Best Registrar” in the 2009 Domain Name Wire annual survey for the 4th consecutive year. According to the survey results, Go Daddy is popular amongst all types of domain owners.  
 Ranking Arizona 2009 – #1 Software Company
Go Daddy is listed as the #1 Software Company by Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business 2009.

Go Daddy moved up from #9 in the 2008 Ranking Arizona.  
 Practical eCommerce — Most Popular shopping cart – 2009
Go Daddy Quick Shopping Cart for online vendors was rated “Most Popular shopping cart” in a 2009 survey by Practical eCommerce.  
 2009 Visual Studio Magazine Readers’ Choice Award – Best Web Hosting
Go Daddy has been honored with a Readers’ Choice Award in the ‘Web Hosting’ category.

“A product that earns a Visual Studio Magazine Readers’ Choice Award has earned the respect and loyalty, over time, of Visual Studio Magazine readers, some of the most demanding users on the planet. I commend all the Readers’ Choice Award winners. Visual Studio Magazine readers have put your product on top.” – Michael Desmond, Visual Studio Magazine Editor in Chief  
 Linux Journal – Favorite Linux -Friendly Web Hosting Company – 2008
Linux Journal Magazine readers voted GoDaddy.com as their “Favorite Linux-Friendly Web Hosting Company.” 
 Domain Name Wire – Best Registrar Award – 2008
Go Daddy is voted “Best Registrar” in the 2008 Domain Name Wire annual survey for the 3rd consecutive year. This time, Go Daddy earned more than half the votes. 
 Domainers Choice Award for Best Hosting Company – 2008
Domainers Choice Awards recognized Go Daddy as the ‘Best Hosting Company’ in the industry. Winners are chosen by people who are heavily involved in the domain name industry. 
 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, 2007
Go Daddy once again is recognized as one of the fastest growing, private or public, technology companies in North America based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth over five years (2002-2006). Deloitte, an accounting firm, has bestowed this honor on Go Daddy three previous years.  
 2007 “Most Innovative Company” ACE Award
Go Daddy was recognized with several honors from the 2007 Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Awards, including designation as the state’s “Most Innovative Company.” The ACE Awards contest is judged by top-ranking business leaders to recognize the significant impact of Arizona’s largest privately held companies on the community and the economy. In addition to being named a leader in innovation, Go Daddy also ranked number 2 on the ACE “25 Fastest-Growing” companies list and number 20 on the ACE “Top 50″ companies list.  
 2007 Name Intelligence “Users’ Choice” and “Largest Net Gain” Awards
Go Daddy won both the Users Choice and Largest Net Gain Awards from Name Intelligence for 2007. Go Daddy took the Users Choice Award for the third consecutive year and the Largest Net Gain for the seventh year in a row. The Users’ Choice honor is based largely on user feedback, plus important customer issues like pricing, service and ease of use. Go Daddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, maintains a satisfied and loyal customer base with affordable pricing and service that are second to none. Go Daddy won the Largest Net Gain for its continued pace of growth in overall domain registrations  
 2007 Arizona Business Leadership Award
Go Daddy and CEO Bob Parsons received the 2007 Arizona Business Leadership Award. The Arizona Business Leadership Association gives the annual award to the Arizona business that best exemplifies industry leadership, financial growth, ethical conduct, community service and business education. Go Daddy has proven it’s a powerhouse in the domain industry, amassing a larger portfolio than its next three competitors combined. Founder and CEO Parsons also makes large charitable contributions and acts as an industry watchdog on issues of importance to the Web, such as stopping Internet predators and phishing scams that can result in identity theft.  
 2007 Domain Name Wire Award for “Best Registrar”
Go Daddy was named the “Best Registrar” in the business for the second year in a row. Domain Name Wire, a news source for the domain industry, surveys computer users each year to determine the industry leader. In both 2006 and 2007, Go Daddy was the big winner. The company got a whopping 33 percent of the votes in 2007, about one-third of the entire group that voted, despite the fact that Go Daddy has hundreds of competitors. Go Daddy’s affordable prices, fantastic customer service and great security features were named factors in the decision.  
 Bob Parsons – Ed Dennison Business Leader of the Year, 2005
This prestigious award is presented to an individual who contributes to Arizona’s technology industry through sustained growth of their business and is announced at the annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation in Arizona. 
 5-Star Rating, Review Place
Known as the “go to” source for consumers who shop online, Review Place has a staff of experts who review hundreds of products and services, recommending only quality companies and Web sites. In its comments, Review Place noted “Go Daddy is a bargain deal for an excellent service.”  
 Ranked #8, Inc. 500, 2004
Each year, Inc. Magazine publishes the Inc. 500, a list of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies. Of the privately held technology companies on the list, Go Daddy ranked #1.  
 Users’ Choice and Largest Net Gain, 2006, Name Intelligence
In 2006, for the second consecutive year, Go Daddy was awarded both the Users’ Choice award and the Largest Net Gain award from Name Intelligence. Go Daddy remains the world’s largest Internet domain name registrar, while still maintaining a satisfied and loyal customer base with pricing and service that are second to none.  
 Editor’s Choice Award – Discount Domains, CNET
“Go Daddy has been the fastest-growing registrar for several consecutive quarters. Why so popular? In a nutshell, price and service. If you intend to forward your domain’s Web traffic and email to existing Web sites and email boxes – Go Daddy offers the lowest price among ICANN-accredited registrars. The Go Daddy site is well-designed and customer friendly; the company provides a nice price upgrade path; and the support is decent, too. And let’s not ignore the David-vs.-Goliath angle; Go Daddy took Network Solutions to court for predatory marketing practices and won.” Source: CNET Networks, Inc. Editors’ Choice Awards.

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