Domain name sale – GoDaddy

15 06 2007


GoDaddy
is having a domain sale ending today: .com domain names are $6.95. To get the deal use code gdm0606c in the shopping cart.

These deals come out periodically, but I thought that this was an especially good one for people that don’t have bulk registrar accounts (you’re basically getting the same deal here). GoDaddy is a great registrar, and has one of the best customer service operations I’ve ever seen. I also like that they don’t have an 800 number – few companies of this size go with this strategy – so that they aren’t even passing this expense back to the users!

Anyone that had major domain name issues in their RegisterFly account also greatly appreciates GoDaddy:

“On May 29, 2007 Go Daddy, a competing registrar, announced that through an agreement with ICANN, it was taking over the entire portfolio of more than 850,000 generic top-level domain (gTLD) names held by RegisterFly. The names would move to newly created accounts at GoDaddy and they would notify Registerfly customers by email. GoDaddy and ICANN will not release terms of the agreement but have said that GoDaddy is not buying Registerfly. Go Daddy Press release May 29, 2007[16] ICANN plans to continue legal action agains Registerfly for it’s continued noncompliance of the court ordered injunction.[17]”

(source: Wikipedia Article on Registerfly)

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7 11 2007
jdurban

Godaddy’s poor security and lack of basic confirmation aids and abets the theft of valuable domains

There’s no shortage of scams on the internet. We have all heard about Nigerian 419 fee in advance scams, phony lotteries, identity theft, phishing, and now pulling up from the rear, domain hijacking aided by weak counterintuitive security measures by registrars like Godaddy.

Like any other crime, unless it directly affects you, a colleague, or a loved one, theft only happens to the other guy. In modern society we have acclimated to taking precautions to protect our loved ones, our homes, and our possessions spending billions on security and insurance. We’re all taught early in life to lock the doors and windows and not to open the door to strangers.

After all this indoctrination and preparation for the imperfect world we share, one would assume that these simple yet effective common sense principles would also apply to the world of protecting valuable assets like internet domains at Godaddy.com the world’s largest domain registrar.

In case you are not familiar with Godaddy they are the company that airs the boorish and unoriginal Super bowl commercials targeting puberty bound adolescent males with a busty semi-attractive brunette bimbo that only a certain recent ex-president could desire.

Godaddy generates its share of negative press regarding the mishandling and questionable acquisitions of other’s domains but I have an experience to share that should make anyone with a website or a domain in the waiting to take notice and seriously consider if they should trust Godaddy with their property.

It’s no secret that Godaddy’s domain and site hosting services are less than stellar. Their site is a spam laden kludge of half finished partially functional user modules that even their own support staff can’t navigate or recommend using. There is so much emphasis on up selling and hyping gimmicky add-ons you feel like you are speeding down the Las Vegas strip on acid.

Aside from the cheesy half-baked Godaddy user interface there is a much larger problem at Godaddy that should scare the hell out of anyone with domains in their care. My company currently has nearly 500 domains with Godaddy and aside from the inferior user interface and hit and miss customer support, we were at least happy with the pricing.

OK folks here’s what you have to look forward to when you become a Godaddy domain theft victim. To recover our domain that was stolen as a result of Godaddy’s failure to provide even the most basic common sense checks and balances protocols to intercept fraudulent cancelations and transfers, we will have to go to the WIPO! We will have to hire a legal firm that specializes in WIPO/ICANN law and pay $1,500.00 to ICANN to empanel a few impartial arbitrators to render an opinion!

All Godaddy had to do was send a simple automated email asking if we were sure that we wanted to cancel and transfer the domain.

Doing business with the company more interested in their next Super bowl model than basic security for their client’s assets, will cost us upwards of $10,000.00 to recover a nine dollar domain!

This coming Super bowl I will be watching out for the next Godaddy bouncing bimbo wondering if the guy that stole our domain is watching too, thanking Bob Parsons for making him and all the other lowlifes that hacked Godaddy accounts so much easy money.

By the way, I made at least a dozen phone calls to Godaddy pleading with them to fix this as it was their problem. After several different customer support reps came back with the same answer I determined that Godaddy couldn’t care less and the crooks that steal domains likely know this too.

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