GoDaddy Official Site Review

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In my GoDaddy official site review, we will:

  1. Learn About GoDaddy
  2. Overall Ratings
  3. How I Rate Godaddy Good And Bad.  
  4. Is There A Better Way?

Let’s get started and find out more information.

WEBSITE:     https://godaddy.com

PRICE:               first-month-free with three plan options and numerous up sells

FOUNDER:          Bob Parsons

CHAIRMAN:       Charles Robel

CEO:                   Scott W. Wagner

Overall Rating 

9.2 star rating with yellow stars

Product Overview Found In Wikipedia  

GoDaddy Inc. has headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona and incorporated in Delaware and is a web hosting company that is an American publicly traded Internet domain registrar. As of May 2017, GoDaddy has over 6,000 employees worldwide and approximately 17 million customers. The company is involved in several controversies related to censorship.

PROS

CONS

  • Godaddy states domain purchase at .99 cents
  • Support by phone, email or support ticket submission 24/7
  • Library of videos and tutorials to build your website
  • indicated “no tech skills required” to set up a website
  • The actual price for domain purchase is $13-$15 per year not .99 cents
  • Searching for support can take hours to find the answer
  • The assistance of a technician to work on-site issues is at a price
  • Each time a call is made to a support team member they attempt to upsell a product

Who is GoDaddy designed for?

GoDaddy states they are designed for small businesses and dedicated to small, independent ventures. They do target small business owners. I also think they focus on the newbie who knows less about building a website. A newbie to the internet marketing world does have a lack of knowledge. GoDaddy can count on a higher upsell and higher revenue for themselves.

Training

 GoDaddy does offer an extensive library of videos and tutorials to set up your website. The organization of videos is beautiful. But that is where it all ends. After you set up your site if there are issues with your website you will need to search the support forums, call or email GoDaddy for the answer. When you choose to call GoDaddy it gives them an excellent opportunity to provide their much needed upsells.

Support

GoDaddy claims to offer support 24/7/365 but admits response may “take some time” requesting the customer to be patient. You are given a phone number on the website and can call customer service anytime. The customer support personnel were always kind but not helpful. I was told a different answer to the same issue each time I called.

Price

GoDaddy has three subscription options ranging from $3.99 to $7.99 per month in the initial contract and ranging from $7.99 to $16.99 upon renewal. GoDaddy has had a 67% increase in their pricing since 2016.

My personal experience

In my GoDaddy official site review, I have a different story than what their advertising boasts.

I transferred my website to GoDaddy a few years ago. I was excited because I could call and talk to a person on the phone instead of submitting a support ticket. 

I was not internet savvy and knew nothing about how to optimize my site or what I needed to have to protect my site.

I quickly found their expertise to be lacking. 

When GoDaddy initiated the transfer from another server to GoDaddy, no one knew why my site would not display. 

I could not load my site on google for almost three weeks. Then when my site did show up, it was fragmented. I spent many hours on the phone with numerous technicians. 

Each time they would tell me the other person did not know what they were talking about and ask me to try something different.

frustrated girl sitting at a laptop

After my site began working, I had a few issues. As these issues arose, I would call support. They said the problem that needed repairing was not included in the price and required the purchase of an additional package. 

I had no choice but to upgrade. I was a newbie and had no idea what to do.  

What they failed to tell me before I purchase a package is that the package that I bought may not include the repair I needed.

I did purchase a package thinking I could use it as I needed. Three months after my purchase, I received an email stating my purchased package expires in one week. 

No one mentioned this when I bought the package. I am sure it is in the fine print somewhere, but no one said anything to me about expiring in 3 months. So I paid good hard-earned money for services that I could not use. 

Not to mention GoDaddy boasts one free month with .99 cent domain hosting. I never saw .99 cents hosting but rather a cost of $13-$15 dollars a year for domain rights.

The free first month turned into numerous up sales. I had to pay for SSL, support, 365 email, and countless other services.

 I  spent well over $500 a year to host my site at GoDaddy and never did have a clear understanding of SEO or how to get ranked on Google. 

Just about anything on their site that says “give us a call” will be an up sale. Every time I called with an issue, they would tell me about a new service that I need in the future and should buy now. 

Since I am not a computer technician, I had no idea if they were telling me the truth or not.

This continuous upsell led me to believe they prey on the newbie.

My Final Opinion

I do believe GoDaddy is legit and maybe a good company for people who have a background in computer programming. 

But for a person like myself who does not have much knowledge of websites and SEO, it is inadequate and requires repeated upgrades to get the help needed.

It concerns me when a company as large as GoDaddy has a 67% increase in fees in two years, and they do not make all of the charges known upfront.

Their 24/7/365 support is available, but the response time to emails and support ticket takes way to long. When you call the technical support staff, they have inadequate knowledge to assist with technical issues.

 

My Overall Rating

Learn About A Better Way

I thought Godaddy was the BOMB! I knew nothing as a newbie. I tried to learn SEO. Godaddy was there for me to sell me anything I needed. 

Oh but wait does that make GoDaddy the best. NOPE, not when I look back and see some places respect my needs and don’t think my money belongs to them. 

A year ago, I found Wealthy Affiliate a platform that has taught me everything. At WA, I learned everything I needed to know to set up a site, monetize it, optimize it, and even how to write a post. I was provided with the best keyword search tool in the industry and learned how to get my posts to rank on Google.

The cool part is I pay one monthly fee, well now I pay a yearly premium of $255, which is a Black Friday special. But if you don’t have the annual fee, you can pay $49 a year for all of the training and information your brain can store. 

I landed into a community of support and new friends. It isn’t just a support forum but real people who I interact with daily. It is an incredible place of goodness, kindness, and helping people. 

Wealthy Affiliate Assets

  • You can sign up for FREE and continue with the free membership for 6 months if you like.
  • WA offers siterubix.com, which is a free website builder only found at WA. 
  • Those who are serious about creating an online income can become a premium member for only $49 each month.
  • The only up sale is a purchase of a domain $13-$15 a year, but that is if you want a .com, .net or a .org domain
  • With the free membership, you have two free siterubix websites, and with premium, you have 25 sites. WOW!!!
  • Technical support is available 24/7/365 and response is within a few minutes.
  • Community support is available with the premium membership 24/7/365 in the form of consistent training, live training webinars, step-by-step training, and questions of the community. Not to mention live chat is you have a question you want to address immediately.
  • An extensive teaching on SEO and numerous ways to make your site rank on Google, page one position one!
  • You have access to Jaaxy one of the best keyword research tools in the world.
Check out a couple of other great reviews:
 
 

I could list assets all day long, but if you are looking for a better way with a company that is time-tested world-class and highly respected. And known for their university-style online training, then Wealthy Affiliate is for you.

I love questions and comments. When you leave a comment, I am notified and will be back with you very shortly. 

P.S. When you sign up free I know you will want to become a premium member. I have a bonus for you. Within the first 7 days, if you become premium, I will give you the first month at a 59% discount. That is only $19 for the very first month and the $49 every month after that. 

12 thoughts on “GoDaddy Official Site Review”

  1. Hmmm, thank you for doing this review. I notice the name go daddy appearing in almost every review o come across saying that they are one of the best hosting site. Well from your experience, I doubt if that claim is true. I am glad I read this and I think more people need to read it as well so as to stay away from the platform. They only want to make money of newbies that are ignorant. Great great post.

    • Godaddy is a good platform but it is not good for newbies. If one does not know what they are doing godaddy will upsell them to death. 

  2. Hi Laura. Upsells are one of my pet peeves especially when all you want is help with the problem you are having. I would put go daddy into ‘another scam’ catergory because of this reason alone. Newbie small business owners are especially vulnerable to this as they have no idea being so new into the business about what they need, what’s necessary and what’s not. So they can easily be roped into it. The other thing of coures is that the person who is suppossedly helping you is probably so set on selling you something and making that their sole effort rather than just concentrating on the help you are seeking.

    Well written review though.

    • Thank you for your comment but I would not call Godaddy a scam. They are valuable and very useful for many people. But you are right about this part “person who is supposedly helping you is probably so set on selling you something and making that their sole effort rather than just concentrating on the help you are seeking.”

  3. Thank you for this article. I actually bought my first domain through GoDaddy. I think it was like $85 a year and I think that included the web hosting.
    I am doing wealthy affiliate now and I agree that the web hosting is very good so far. My website is indexed on Google and it seems like they give you a lot of features with the web hosting package all included in your membership. Like you said, the only thing they don’t give you is the actual domain name you have to buy that separately but it’s only under $14 a year which is pretty good considering it comes with a lot of security features that I don’t even know how to explain.
    I think if I tried to get web hosting on my own it would be complicated to get all the different features that wealthy affiliate offers. So in terms of web hosting I think wealthy affiliate is a good way to go.

    • You are so right. WA offers so much that they include in the $49 a month. I don’t know of any other platform that has extensive training and free items included as WA does. 

  4. I’ve always seen the commercials for GoDaddy but never knew exactly what the business was. I am happy I read your review. Now I have a better understanding of what they offer.  

    Their pricing is pretty reasonable and that’s something to appreciate, but I don’t like the idea of high up-sells. It ends up costing way too much in the end.  

    That’s one reason to always do research, at least for me. I am glad I ran across this article when I did research website building. 

    This wealthy affiliate you talk about? It sounds incredible and I believe I will check it out further. You have so many wonderful things to say about it. 

    • Ty I am so happy I can help in your search for a website builder. As you said the advertised price of GoDaddy is good but I didn’t like the up-sells either. 

      Yes please take a look at Wealthy Affiliate. You can actually take a look around free and take the first 10 lessons to help you make a decision. Hope to see you on the inside. I know you will love it. 

  5. Thank you for sharing your review of GoDaddy Official Site. I know about GoDaddy. It is among the well known Hosting company in the world and they also offer some services. I have used some of their services before.

    The truth is their support doesn’t not seem to encourage me. They love upsells alot. Anytime we end a discussion I will probably receive a thank you message and another upsell. Domain names are not 99 cents. That’s a marketing tactics to grab one’s attention.

    I’m very satisfied with Wealthy Affiliate and I can boldly recommend it to a new born baby. The support is awesome.

    • You are correct in your comment. GoDaddy is well known and has a very good advertisement. But they just don’t seem to follow through on what they say in their adds. Although I have to say it may be very good for someone with techy experience. That just wasn’t me. 

      I know, I love WA also. It is home, comfortable and the training is unbeatable. Just perfect for myself and any beginner or well seasoned business owner. 

  6. I too have had some of the same issues in dealing with Go Daddy, it seems like a great deal at first, until you figure out that not everything is as they claim. I actually started out using Go Daddy and then transferred my site elsewhere.

    The information you have provided about them is, in my experience, true and likely too lenient. The information that you have provided about Wealthy Affiliate sounds good and begs to be looked into.

    Thank you for giving me options and providing such a thorough and honest review.

    • Hello Frank,
      Thank you for stopping by to read my review and taking time to comment. You are right, my review of GoDaddy is lenient but I am a positive person by nature and I do have difficulties saying negative things about a company. But in my opinion, GoDaddy needed to have a negative review.

      Yes, Wealthy Affiliate is an incredible platform that everyone should take a look at and step inside to see for themselves. There is no other website builder like Wealthy Affiliate with such extensive step-by-step training to build a business.

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