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GoDaddy

The steaming pile of hosting that is GoDaddy.

Today I tried to investigate the expiration of my GoDaddy services which I was unable to do so through Firefox. This brought on this long-winded rant and the gripes I have with GoDaddy. I have currently used GoDaddy for the past three years, so this is not coming from a short-sighted opinion.

Inside Firefox… not loading. The new Edge Chromium browser worked though.

First, I think it would be beneficial to say that this wasn’t always the case. When I joined GoDaddy 3 years ago the platform was a decent mid-tier hosting platform that provided cheap hosting. Today, the GoDaddy platform is a jumbled mess with new features being brought on incomplete and features that are stock with other providers not being present.

Free SSL Certificates

With phishing, privacy and other online threats growing every day a valid SSL certificate should be a baseline of all websites. GoDaddy does not provide a free SSL service such as Let’s Encrypt making creating and renewing free certificates a pain.

Multi-factor Authentication

GoDaddy provides no multi-factor authentication (MFA) on cPanel for my package. MFA is a security system that verifies a user’s identity by requiring multiple credentials. Traditional usernames and passwords can be stolen, and they’ve become increasingly more vulnerable to brute force attacks. This should be a baseline security requirement for a hosting package.

My GoDaddy plan with MFA not available.
One of my clients GoDaddy package with MFA available.

Security Scanner

Another security-related issue GoDaddy struggles with a lack of free security tools. Patchman Security Scanner is a fully automatic tool that quarantines malware, identifies and fixes security vulnerabilities in over 40 CMS and web applications (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, WooCommerce, PrestaShop, etc.) and is included in other hosting providers for free. GoDaddy utilizes the same security solutions but to notify you that you have been exploited and try to get more money… not the location or how to fix it.

The issues don’t end here either… On client GoDaddy packages I have seen constant timeouts on cloud packages, servers being deprecated, support issues and more. Thankfully my contract with GoDaddy runs out June of this year and I could not be happier.

Closing Notes

So which host should you choose? Infomaniak is my top favorite and the reasoning is apparent:

  • Unlimited SQL Databases/Email Disk Space.
  • 100GB of file storage.
  • FREE SSL Certificates.
  • FREE Security Scanner.
  • 7.42 EURO monthly.

This is in no way a plug or advertisement, just believe people should know the services available to them. My current client base is using Infomaniak and as of June, so will I.

Additional Information:

https://www.infomaniak.com/en/hosting/web-and-mail/web-and-mail-hosting

https://www.patchman.co/