GoDaddy Review: The Domain Name Registrar in Detail

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

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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 …

The Reliability

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

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

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.

Final Verdict

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?

12 Responses to “GoDaddy Review: The Domain Name Registrar in Detail”

  1. July 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    and…Murly is baaaa-aaack :-)

    Welcome home buddy :-)

    • Murray Lunn
      July 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

      Thanks man, I actually put up a post before this earlier in the week but other than that, yeah, I’ve got a really huge post coming up to follow up on the series for starting an online business. I think it would be really great just to be able to reference the previous reviews and how-to’s for Godaddy rather than needing to bring it up every single time, ya know?

  2. Peter Joseph
    July 25, 2011 at 3:47 am #

    My only main problem that I’ve ever found with Godaddy is how basically every addon features costs more and more money when many other providers often offer it free. Things like private registration, that’s an extra $10 a year.

    And then the .info domains. The $1.99 price tag is entry level first year only price, i remember trying to renew one of them and the cost crept up to something like $13 for the second year.

    I’m not to worried about the pricing though, just as you have, I’ve found the reliability and support to be pretty good, so I’m not to worried :)

    • Murray Lunn
      July 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

      Hey Peter,

      I agree on the add-ons. Something like private registration should be much cheaper in my opinion or default for the most part and then you just get to choose if your information is displayed instead. I doubt some of our wishes will be changed but I mean for $7.49 to basically get a business up and running, I’m not going to nit-pick on the little things ya know? There’s plenty of free services out there to take care of the other things like email so you can dip out on paying for that. Thank for the comment buddy :)

  3. July 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    I had to leave a comment in support of what Murray said here. I’ve been using GoDaddy since 2003 as a freelance webmaster. Yes, they have tons of upselling which can be annoying, but the prices have been decent and I can tell you that their hosting has been quite reliable for me. Their support is decent and I have had to deal with some technical issues. The bonus with their support is you talk to a live person who has technical knowledge. I do get confused with how they break up services where some hosts just include stuff. I try to be careful not to pay for stuff I don’t need or want.

    I’ve learned if you take the time to examine their products it’s easy to get a good value for the money. Despite their tacky ads and sometimes confusing product names, I think they are a solid choice for the variety of products they offer, price, reliability and support.

    • Murray Lunn
      July 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

      Indeed Rosie, I think Godaddy gets a little flak for their stupid ads (which are because honestly, we geeks are buying domain names because of hot women – we just need a domain name) but take away some of the annoyances and it’s still a reliable service. Also, you have a lot of knowledgeable people that use the service so even if you can’t get through with technical support you can easily find a customer that could help out with a few things.

  4. William Tha Great
    July 28, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    Murray: Godaddy rocks! I have been with them from the start and I have never had any problems. I can personally say that they are really reliable and have awesome support. I would recommend them to anyone in a heart beat!

    Keep working hard my man!

    God bless,
    William Veasley

  5. August 5, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    I buy all my domains from Godaddy, no question about it, offers the best service out there when it comes to domains. Also most people uses Godaddy in one form or another so it will be easy for anyone to sell a domain and transfer it to a new owner.
    I personally prefer the hosting service too, but that’s another story.

  6. Patrick
    December 24, 2011 at 2:01 am #

    I have had two domains with Go Daddy and years ago when I got my first domain with them they were an awesome company offering real solutions, good prices, and great customer service and help.

    But now, years later, they seem to have gotten greedy and seem to be putting customer service last.

    Recently when I wanted to cancel one domain I have with them, but had mislaid the passwords to the account, I called their customer support who told me to basically drop dead.

    I know that I am at fault for misplacing my documents, but this is no excuse for CS to be incredibly rude and unhelpful and to cheerfully tell me that they were going to continue charging my CC forever and that neither they nor I could do anything about it.

    I now have to cancel the credit card they are charging then renew it under another card number to escape their unauthorised charges.

    I would NEVER recommend anyone to use this company unless they enjoy being taken advantage of, being abused by their staff, and paying for services you do not want and if you like being told to drop dead. I hope that this arrogant and greedy way of doing business and treating customers like dirt spells their ruin.

  7. Murray Lunn
    August 6, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    I just recently learned GoDaddy has already rolled out a new domain manager which makes the process way easier when changing nameservers.

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