As of 2015, GoDaddy has close to 60 million domain names under its management.
Branding is one of the reasons that a company convinces users to buy its services. Though branding has many facets, the most basic of them is having a website. Now having a website is fine, but the thing that lasts long after it is launched is its name. Only one company comes to mind when it comes to domain name registration – GoDaddy.
GoDaddy was launched by Bob Parsons in the year 1997. It helped register domain names and host websites for 15 years. It also offers 24/7 tech support as well as integration with Office 365. A neat feature of GoDaddy is the ‘WHOIS Search’ function, which lets you check if the domain name is already taken for grabs. It even offers decent prices for hosting, with good maintenance.
GoDaddy has always promoted its brand through risqué Ads. It garnered negative publicity when its founder Bob Parsons killed an elephant in Zimbabwe and posted a video online. Such, and other controversies have let its competition voice their opinion over unlawful behavior of GoDaddy. Whether you believe the negative publicity or just need an exit strategy in case GoDaddy becomes too dicey an option, here are some great GoDaddy alternatives.
This is one of the easiest websites to go to for first-time users. It offers unlimited bandwidth as well as a 45-day money-back guarantee. It even offers 4,500 templates to change the appearance of your site. It has 3 plans – the ‘hatchling plan’ for beginners at USD 3.96 per month, the ‘baby plan’ for professionals at USD 6.36 per month, and the ‘business plan’ for eCommerce stores at USD 10.36 per month. All of their plans offer unlimited bandwidth. It even offers reseller plans, by which you can earn some side money by hosting websites for third parties.
DreamHost offers plans for websites running only on the Ubuntu system. It offers a customized control panel to manage billing, as well as a ticketing system for tech support. One thing it doesn’t offer is phone support, but it does have a live chat option, and offers email support in case the chat line is busy. Their web hosting plans start at USD 8.95 per month, with a registration and renewal price of USD 5.99 per year.
Namecheap is another web hosting site like GoDaddy. It offers different prices, from a yearly plan to a five-yearly plan, and also offers discounts according to the domain name. It offers other services such as private email hosting, reseller plans to host third party websites, as well as free DNS. It gives you a yearly subscription of WhoisGuard to protect the privacy of your website. You can register your domain for as low as USD 3.98 per year. They offer a professional package at USD 19.88 per year with 50GB storage space. The unlimited package with unlimited space comes at USD 29.88 per year, and the basic package with 20GB space comes at USD 9.88 per year.
One of the largest domain registrars in the world, Hover currently manages 10 million domains online. It even offers to transfer your website from another domain like GoDaddy. You can get your domain name registered at just USD 5.00.
FatCow is another great website that hosts and registers websites for free, for the first year. It has a host of other features like unlimited bandwidth and disk space. You can renew your domain for USD 4.00 per month.
GreenGeeks is a website that offers to be in tune with the environment, and gives their services at the same rate. It offers similar services like others, such as reselling domain names, web hosting, and VPS hosting. But they charge a USD 15 setup fee if you have to cancel. The main selling point is that, it offers great customer support. It offers web hosting services for as low as USD 3.96 per month.
MyHosting has over 50,000 customers in 170 countries. They don’t offer shared hosting, but instead provide services for small personal websites. Their web hosting plans start as low as USD 4.95 per year. They have phone support as well as a live chat option for customers. They also offer virtual private servers as well as email services compatible with Microsoft Exchange. They offer popular domain names at USD 14.95 per year, and also have server plans according to your operating system.
Name.com offers Domain Nabber, a website that lets you buy domain names before they expire, to add to your existing site. It offers the least pricing for .com and .net domains, without the ’18 cent’ extra charge that GoDaddy asks for. It has migrated to Google authenticator, and upgraded its security process by a 2 step authentication process. To build your website, it has 3 plans in place – the Basic plan with 250MB storage, 10 pages, starting at USD 3.99 per month; the Pro plan with 2GB storage, 50 pages, starting at USD 9.99 per month; and the Business plan which supports unlimited storage and unlimited pages, starting at USD 19.99 per month. For hosting, it offers an annual plan of USD 4.99 per month, with 10GB storage for the basic version, an annual plan of USD 7.99 per month with 100GB storage for the Namebuilder, and USD 12.99 with unlimited storage for the Unbelievable plans respectively. The only downside is that, it offers customer support only during normal business hours through the week.
iPage serves more than 2,000,000 websites. It offers its services in 2 separate packages – Marketing or Security. It has no month-to-month plans, but only an annual plan of USD 2.25 per month, and offers 1GB of cloud storage. But it charges extra for Google AdWords and Facebook advertising. Overall, it has built-in tools to manage a website or run an online store.
This website deserves a special mention, as their tagline says it all. They will not tolerate any rude or offensive domain names. They display the list of their domain names and their associated pricing list out in the open. Plus, every domain registration gets you 2 free pages. It gives you storage space of 10GB to 1TB for the simple plan starting at USD 5.00 per month. If you opt for the professional package, it starts at USD 4.17 per month, and gives you 3GB to 16TB of storage space. As a bonus, you can resell your account for free.
Prices are true at the time of publishing, and subject to change.
These are some of the other web hosting sites like GoDaddy that are really good. It has to be said that GoDaddy is a pretty neat website for start-ups, and continuously strives for customer satisfaction.