Go Daddy (godaddy.com) is the largest domain name registrar and web hosting provider in the world, with one-third of the internet running through their servers. They are popular for their low prices & services, and perhaps a bit infamous for their advertising (featuring “Go Daddy Girls”).
A Brief History
Go Daddy was founded in 1997 (originally called Jomax Technologies) by Bob Parsons. In 2001, Go Daddy became the number 1 registrar in net new domains registered, a title it has held ever since.
The company is currently headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, employing nearly 3,500 employees in eight facilities throughout the United States. They manage more than 52 million domain names and are larger than the next 8 closest registrar competitors combined.
Go Daddy offers a wide variety of online services to individuals and businesses. Here’s a list of their most popular offerings.
Domain Name Registrations & Transfers
Go Daddy offers domain name registrations for new domain names. If you already have a domain name registered with another registrar, you can easily transfer it to Go Daddy.
Domain Backorders & Domain Buy Service
Have a great domain name in mind, but someone’s already scooped it up? Go Daddy offers two services that may be able to help. Upon purchasing a Domain Backorder and applying it to the domain name of your choosing, Go Daddy will constantly monitor the domain; if and when it becomes available, you’ll be notified.
For more immediate results, you can use Go Daddy’s Domain Buy Service. With this service, Go Daddy contacts the current owners of the domain and tries to negotiate a sale price within the limits you specify.
Hosting & Servers
Go Daddy provides several different web hosting options, with different features at varying prices. Their 4GH (4th Generation Hosting) shared plans will power most any website. Servers are available in Linux and Windows variants, offering support for PHP, ASP.NET, database access, and applications like WordPress & Joomla.
Power users will appreciate virtual & dedicated servers, which allow users complete control over the server.
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Go Daddy also offers custom website design. In an online interview, you’ll discuss what you envision for your website, and they’ll make it happen.
Email & Business Tools
Go Daddy offers email hosting, for individuals and businesses, including Microsoft Exchange Hosting. They also provide email marketing and shared online calendars.
With such a complete offering of website services, it’s easy to see why Go Daddy is as popular as it is.