Are there any disadvantages from sites like godaddy?

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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Trenton View Post

    My question is are there any disadvantages from using sites like godadddy?
    Yes - a huge number, with that specific company.

    I don't even want to start enumerating them, but if you do a "search" here you'll find a very large number of successful Warriors who simply refuse to do business with that company. Not only for hosting (though they're an awful hosting company), but even for buying domain-names.

    Here's the thing: domain-registration prices vary very little between different registrars. Don't lose sleep and energy over this. Just register somewhere safe, ethical and nice like Namecheap (good registrar) instead, and forget about it.

    I have only two principles to offer, here ...

    1. Don't do business with GoDaddy or 1and1 (opinion only, of course, but not just mine - it's widespread opinion here), and ...

    2. Never register a domain where you're also going to host the site attached to the domain: keep the two functions separate.

    That's about all you need to know.
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    • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Yes - a huge number, with that specific company.
      Pay attention to Alexa.

      For registering domains I use Name.com They are reasonably priced at around $10 a year, check with http://www.retailmenot.com for discount codes.

      For website hosting I've come up with a short list of shared hosting providers that seem reasonable and don't get many bad reviews:
      Glowhost
      Frog Host - Web Hosting
      Site5 Web Hosting
      Siteground
      JaguarPC
      Arvixe
      PacificHost

      I'm in the process of moving several of my sites to Glowhost, because they seemed to be the best deal for me.

      Hostgator, Hostmonster, Bluehost, Ipage, JustHost and FatCow are all heavily promoted hosts that are owned by EIG and are all hosted in the same datacenter owned by EIG and are quickly gaining a reputation for bad customer service and lousy performance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trenton
    What web builder site should I use then? Do you guys even go through a web builder site?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Trenton View Post

      What web builder site should I use then? Do you guys even go through a web builder site?
      I'm pretty sure most people here use WordPress - which has many advantages, one of which is that most people use it, and they have self-hosted WordPress blogs, usually hosted at places like Hostgator or wherever (just not GoDaddy, and not wherever you register the domain-name).

      (I'm not a WordPress user myself).
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      • Profile picture of the author roger h
        Alexa gives great advice. Period. On almost anything.

        Just curious Alexa.. if not Wordpress... what do you use yourself ?
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by roger h View Post

          Just curious Alexa.. if not Wordpress... what do you use yourself ?
          A mixture - TypePad, Weebly, some HTML sites, a few others. (I have sites hosted in 5 different places, too :rolleyes: ). I just didn't get on with WordPress, when I tried (twice), but that's only about me, really, not about WordPress: it seems to suit most people here.

          Originally Posted by Trenton View Post

          I mean are there any advantages between web hosting sites as far as traffic coming to your website or not really?
          Not really.

          If SEO's a factor for you, and you want to rank as well as you can on on google.com (as opposed to some other specific country's geotargeted Google search pages), then US hosting is best for you. Other than specific national/geotargeting considerations, hosting location has virtually nothing (or nothing at all) to do with traffic. When you're "new", a host with friendly, supportive helpdesk staff is kind of The Big Issue, perhaps? That little list of Robin's, above, looks very useful: obviously some research has gone into compiling that.

          Originally Posted by Trenton View Post

          Do website hosting websites effect search engine results in any way?
          Only where "geotargeting" is concerned. (I have one more-or-less UK-specific niche, and for that one I use a .co.uk domain-name and I have hosting in the UK, because I want UK traffic and don't care so much about traffic from other countries - all of which helps a bit. But otherwise no - don't worry about this at all. But equally, don't host "offshore" for no good reason. Not that I have any idea where you live, anyway!).
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  • Profile picture of the author Trenton
    Do website hosting websites effect search engine results in any way?

    I'm sorry my questions are so odd I am just not very familiar with website building but hey this is how everyone learned right? Haha
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  • Profile picture of the author Trenton
    I mean are there any advantages between web hosting sites as far as traffic coming to your website or not really?
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  • Profile picture of the author micksss
    Wordpress is one of the easiest ways to create your website, while being on a platform that is not limited in the scope of what you can do with it. Most "website builders" especially the one that Godaddy has really stink and you may hit brick walls when you want to be able to add more advanced things to your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    Never Godaddy! Not for hosting, not as a registrar.
    For registrar, Namecheap is better.
    For hosting, it depends on what you need, but most are better.

    Originally Posted by kpmedia View Post

    Don't use
    - Godaddy
    - Yahoo
    - 1&1
    - Dreamhost
    - the 50+ EIG brands, including Hostgator, Bluehost, Justhost, iPage, Fatcow, and a crapload others.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    I've used GoDaddy for years and not had a problem.
    Great support as well.
    Hosting - use HostGator.
    Avoid places like Dreamhost.
    To build your site use a builder such as XsitePro or Wordpress, but be aware you may get plugin issues from time to time if you go the Wordpress route.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by troy23 View Post

      I've used GoDaddy for years and not had a problem.
      Great support as well.
      You've been very lucky indeed, Troy. Thousands of other people have. All the horror stories you see when you look around online for people's comments about GoDaddy (other than affiliates promoting them, obviously) really aren't "just a coincidence", you know, and they're not true of other hosting companies on the same scale, either. And (even though you've apparently been uncharacteristically lucky yourself) that does actually signify something!
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      • Profile picture of the author Fredbou
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        You've been very lucky indeed, Troy. Thousands of other people have. All the horror stories you see when you look around online for people's comments about GoDaddy (other than affiliates promoting them, obviously) really aren't "just a coincidence", you know, and they're not true of other hosting companies on the same scale, either. And (even though you've apparently been uncharacteristically lucky yourself) that does actually signify something!
        I also must have very lucky! I've registered 100s of domain names over the years with GD and have never had a single prob.

        I've never tried their hosting, though!
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  • Profile picture of the author LimitlessTraffic
    What problems can actually occur with their domains purchasing? I have a few with them all hosted with Hostgator and it seems to be working fine. Their support live chat is pretty good as well. Am I missing out on something?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennisknows
    yea godaddy hosting sucks. Not sure of it's reliability but navigating it is such a pain. I'm very experienced with setting up websites and I still to this day don't understand how to setup hosting in Godaddy...

    I just tell clients to get Hostgator. So much easier.

    I'm going to switch my domains to another registrar because I don't really like 1and1. I bought my .com when they were doing the $0.99 domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveSRS
    as mentioned before GoDaddy is terrible.. I've never done hosting with them but started my collection of domains there.

    - their domain manager interface is terrible
    - they are highly unethical (privacy / killing elephants / refusing customers to let go / inventing ridiculous fines etc)
    - they are actually very expensive (renew prices, which is actually what matters for real sites)
    - they have had a few huge blunders making millions of sites unreachable

    As for hostgator / bluehost etc.. they are 'ok' host to start out of to run small temp pages. If you are going for authority sites with some decent loading speed etc go VPS (self managed or full managed)
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