I can’t say exactly when I purchased my first domain, http://www.tomochka.com, at GoDaddy. It was at least 10 years ago. They seemed to have all the features I needed, and the price was right. They always have the best deals for new domains and e-mail hosting. My first domain is still used for a website that displays my wife’s paintings for sale. It has been updated several times, and pages were added over the years to support my ham radio hobby.
On a scale of one to five, I rate GoDaddy four stars. The number of services they provide is astounding, and their web development tools are decent. My site’s up-time has been 100 percent. At various times, I have used their SQL server and WordPress facilities with very few problems in implementation or at run-time. Whenever there were problems, their customer support was quick to provide answers that usually solved the problem on the first try.
GoDaddy’s user interface for their customers is their weakest point. It has gone through several incarnations, but each one has been overly complicated.
I am not a daily visitor to GoDaddy, but I do visit frequently. Usually, I want to do something as simple as changing my FTP password. Without fail, I always spend the first five minutes of my visit hunting through their “dashboard” trying to find the management area for my particular need. If they were to streamline such common operations, they would certainly rank five stars.
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