I’ve used GoDaddy for my domain names for well over three years since my first website launch and so far I haven’t had problems and have gone back to them well over 20 times to buy multiple domain names for all of my online projects. I wanted to share an honest review of GoDaddy with you today to help aid you if you’re looking for a domain name registrar.
How I Use GoDaddy in my Online Projects
Do I like GoDaddy in every aspect for a domain name registrar? Not necessarily. There are some things I don’t like about the service but when it comes to getting a domain name, it gets the job done.
One of the biggest complaints that GoDaddy gets is the massive amount of upsells throughout the process of ordering your domain name. For the first time buyer and those that aren’t very web savvy I could see where this can be quite confusing and lead them to buying service they don’t really need but I haven’t had a problem with these upsells.
Once I find a project I want to work on I’ll take a look through GoDaddy to find if the domain name I want is available. There has been many times where I’ll even export a list of keywords into the bulk domain registration form when building niche websites (this can save you hours when trying to find those perfect names for niche sites). When I find the name I want I’ll throw it into the shopping cart and then make my way to a coupon website to save a bit of money on the registration.
I generally pick up domain names for a single year because I’m not always 100% sure if I will be building the niche site. Anyone that does online projects can probably tell you that they have more than a few domain names just sitting in their accounts that probably won’t ever be used.
I’ve bought so many domains through GoDaddy that the process is streamlined. I always click no thanks on the upsells and make my way to the checkout. I generally always buy my domains through Paypal which speeds along the process (and that I always keep a bit of money in my Paypal account).
So, over 20+ domains with the service and even checking out other domain name registrars like NameCheap I still find it the easiest just to blow through GoDaddy and get my domain names.
GoDaddy: In Detail
Since you may have a bit of a technical side, I’m going to share some of the main things that you and I would be looking for in GoDaddy as a domain name registrar …
I’m not entirely sure what people are asking for when they ask about the reliability of GoDaddy; I could understand web hosting but it’s still one of those questions that come up. Quite frankly, I haven’t had a problem with the ‘reliability’ because once I have the domain and setup the name servers everything is fine from then on out. Maybe people mistaken a website problem with the domain name rather than the web hosting – yeah, perhaps it’s that.
The support for GoDaddy is surprisingly good despite what I’ve heard a lot of what people say online. There have been many times when I needed to contact GoDaddy to clear up some issues and had them fixed relatively quickly. One such incident was when a domain name I had expiring automatically renewed. I forgot to take off automatic renewal and pleaded my case to GoDaddy; they refunded my transaction within a few days.
For the most part, GoDaddy is pretty easy to get a hold of but I generally don’t rely on them for bigger problems. Since I’m a geek I try to find out how to solve problems myself so I don’t really have a lot of experience with contacting them for things such as major mess ups with the domain.
The pricing for GoDaddy is pretty small overall especially when you consider that you pay it once per year. If your website makes you some money you easily make your money back no problem. GoDaddy has different prices for the different types of domains.
Here is the current pricing for the domain names (and extensions)
- .com – $11.99/year
- .net – $9.99/year
- .org – $9.99/year
- .info – $1.99/year
You can snag other domain name extensions but I always aim to pick up the .com names because when I’m building niche or authority websites I want to have them looking as professional as possible. Believe me, any time I see a .info domain all I can think is worthless website (sorry .info owners).
If you use this GoDaddy link you can get .com domain names for $7.49.
Is GoDaddy the perfect domain name registrar? Not really and that’s probably surprising to hear especially since I use them so often. However, they are really easy to use and have been very helpful at times when need be. Watch out for the upsells during the checkout process and you really won’t have problems with the service.
Why did I do this review? Well, I talk a lot about starting an online business, niche websites and blogging. I’ve been asked so many times about domain names that I wanted to have a resource when I can point people so I hope you found some value out of this review.
If you’re starting up an online project and need a domain name, I suggest checking out GoDaddy. In fact, I’ve written a detailed tutorial on how to setup a domain name with GoDaddy here on Murlu which takes you through the entire process. Once you’ve got your domain you can begin rockin’ in your project.
Do you have a domain name yet? If so, what do you think of GoDaddy?