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GoDaddy Is Doing Everything Right

I gotta be honest.  GoDaddy is blowing my mind right now., especially when it comes to the WordPress community.  Just a few years ago, they were the bane to any developer who made websites.  Today, things are looking quite different.  Even though many people still won’t like them, usually based on some bad experiences that just leave a bad taste in the mouth, you have to respect what they’re doing.

Today, things are looking quite different.  Even though many people still won’t like them, usually based on some bad experiences that just leave a bad taste in the mouth, you have to respect what they’re doing.

The genius of GoDaddy

Acquisitions.  Plain and simple.  GoDaddy is buying up the WordPress market left and right!

Let’s be honest, a few years ago, GoDaddy sucked.  I mean it was the worst.  Just take a look at the post I wrote, and you’ll see it flooded with comments of how much people do not like GoDaddy.

They launched a new WordPress hosting initiative, and that’s when things really started to take off.  I had the honor of having one of their accounts, and I had no issues with it at all.  It was pretty solid, and very easy to use.

Then they acquired Media Temple.  The internet was in a roar, but Media Temple is still pretty grand.   None of the horrible expectations of a GoDaddy take over came to fruition.  At least none that I’ve heard of.

GoDaddy was starting to get more and more involved in the WordPress Community / Atmosphere.  They were sponsoring WordCamps, and even engaging with a lot of key players.

Their efforts were not going unnoticed.

Then they acquired ManageWP.  The holy grail of self-managing WordPress sites.  Once again, the internet went in an uproar.

GoDaddy continues its trail of merging with the WP market.

They keep improving their hosting and onboarding process to make WordPress as simple to use on the managed hosting platform for GoDaddy.

Skeptics were still… well skeptics, but then another merger came.  Not in the form of an acquisition, but in the shape of a great partnership!

Welcome to GoDaddy’s onboarding process!  They ran into the awesome folks at Beaver Builder at decided to create their own special system.  GD integrated the amazement that is Beaver Builder, built a few custom templates, and incorporated the lite version to EVERY SINGLE INSTALL so that users can have a super easy jump off point when they sign up.

Mind blown yet?  No? OK, I’ll keep going then.

So now, when you use GoDaddy, you’re starting to have access to a fantastic round up of tools.  Sign up, and you’ll be instantly greeted with a simple to use, very popular, web builder.  Not that shitty builder that the super cheap hosts used to use (and I’m sure some still do.)

GD continues it’s run.  More recently, they acquired WPCurve.  A very popular and growing, WordPress maintenance company created by Dan Norris (super cool guy and content machine) and Alex McClafferty.  Now, GoDaddy has a 24/7 WordPress maintenance company under its belt.

Do you recognize the genius of GoDaddy yet?  Here’s my breakdown.

What exactly is GoDaddy doing?

Take a step back for a moment and start to look at the bigger picture here.  GoDaddy, a shitty hosting company, hated by many, hires a few professionals to start strategizing and break into the WordPress world.  Managed hosting, maintenance, management, etc.

They slowly start to enter this world where I’m sure they know they aren’t liked, but in hindsight, who gives a crap right? I mean GoDaddy is the king of domains and people who are getting started, don’t hesitate to jump on the cheapest hosting they can find, only to eventually learn it’s shitty.

But you only realize it’s shitty when you start to become part of that world.  Meaning working on more than one site, hosting sites, maintaining sites, etc.

GoDaddy wants more; they want growth because if the people who continue to build websites, keep thinking GoDaddy is shitty, then these people aren’t going to recommend them, or even try them out.

Why WordPress?

Matt Mullenweg has said numerous times that he wants WordPress to run at least 50% of the internet.  Currently, they run about 25%.

If GoDaddy even gets a piece of that, and if WP stands on it’s grounds to run 50% of EVERY SINGLE WEBSITE ON THE INTERNET, then Holy Crap GD is setting itself up for a very nice piece of that pie.

That’s freakin’ brilliant!

Acquire the up and coming most popular WordPress brands.  Not agency’s, tools.  The tools that get the job done.  The services that WordPress users, like myself, flock to when it’s needed.

I’m pretty sure everyone that uses WP, at least from a development side has heard of these companies that GoDaddy is acquiring.  And GD is just kicking back, buying these companies left and right.

Pretty soon, you’re going to be using something (if you’re not already) that GoDaddy owns, making it a definite PowerHouse in the WordPress industry, whether you like it or now.

So hat’s off to you GoDaddy, for doing everything that you’re doing.  I respect and admire this path that you’re going on and I wish you nothing but the best.

I’ve spoken with a few of the guys over there heading the initiative (think it was last year) and they definitely got their stuff together

They care and for once, they really know what they’re talking about.

This was something that could not be found at GD a few years ago.

Great job guys.

 

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15 comments on GoDaddy Is Doing Everything Right

  1. Todd says:

    I’m cautiously optimistic 🙂 They talked about the WP Curve thing briefly on the Office Hours podcast last night

    1. Jonathan Perez says:

      Ooh, I gotta check that out 🙂

      1. Todd says:

        It was just one of many things, but I think they jumped in pretty quickly on that. Ozzie from WP Site Care was on, so I think that Carrie was trying to stir up some trouble haha 😉

        Anyway, it will be interesting to see what happens with all these new Saas companies that are popping up in the WordPress space.

        I think MainWP plans on keeping it and not letting it go, but you never know (disclosure, I write for MainWP)

        1. Jonathan Perez says:

          LoL, Carrie’s funny. I love the new stuff coming out! Things are getting easier and easier now :).

          Ya never know, if the right offer comes along? 🙂

  2. Virgil says:

    One of my clients host with Godaddy and we keep having errors when trying to run it with Beaver Builder. For some reason it times out and the Builder plugin doesn’t load. I called many times their tech support and they couldn’t solve it either.

    Then I tried it with my other hosting services Bluehost and Siteground. No problem.

    I don’t know what it is but I feel their servers are the issue. It needs to be upgraded. They can add whatever feature they want. But if their servers can’t handle WordPress – what would be the point?

    Just my two cents.

    1. Jonathan Perez says:

      I think the cheap hosting is still crap, but I think their managed hosting is getting a little better. Is it perfect yet? Probably not, but they’re definitely positioning themselves for the market.

      I had the same issues initially when I had clients on their servers, constant timeouts, drove me nuts.

  3. Gary says:

    Not sure how respectable they are, I had a GD situation that still haunts me. I went to them to register a new URL and to my surprise it was taken. When I went to Internic and checked out Whois, it said the name was registered that same day and by no other than GoDaddy. Sounds like their computers are grabbing the name you type into there form and then automatically registering it, before completing your application. I am really worry to try the process again, with a new name, in fear they will steal it also. I guess I need to register with someone else and then take the locked in name to them for hosing, etc. Anybody else have this happen, would love to hear from others who have experienced something similar?

    1. Jonathan Perez says:

      I think they’re on the up and up. People still don’t like them, and I mentioned that with the lingering feeling of hatred, but I think the point is that they’re at last trying to turn things around.

      I never had that happen with GoDaddy, but I’ve heard similar situations with Network Solutions. One possibility is someone owned it and let it go. I know GD gives about 30 days for the person to buy it back after it expires… maybe it was something like that? Who knows, in any case, that sucks.

      If I don’t use GD for the domain, I started getting friendly with Namecheap. Super clean site and really easy to use.

    2. Hi, Gary. Disclosure: I work for GoDaddy. @blakei (our CEO) answered this in his AMA a while back.
      http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/23v7f3/hi_im_blake_irving_i_am_the_ceo_of_godaddy_ask_me/ch0wm95
      TL;DR GoDaddy doesn’t do this.

      1. Jonathan Perez says:

        Sweet! Thanks for clarifying!

          1. Gary says:

            All I can say is… It happened to me and it was GD that was the registrar. It was not owned by someone else, it was a unique persons formal name and the activation date was the exact same as the date we sent the original request. I just don’t know how it could have happened any other way. That being said I may try there new hosting service, so I have access to the online web building program for WP and Beaver Builder. Thanks for the responses and comments Jonathan and Christoper …

    3. Acid Burn says:

      Registrant Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
      Registrant City: Scottsdale
      Registrant State/Province: Arizona
      Registrant Postal Code: 85260
      Registrant Country: US
      Registrant Phone: +1.4806242599

      If you saw this ^^^

      that means someone registered it privately through Go Daddy, they are not in the business of “stealing” names people want to register, they work with afternic and other large domain controllers for domains they wish to get in the aftermarket. I really dont think this billion dollar company wants your domain, unless its a 3 letter which I doubt you were registering recently. LOL

  4. Good move by GoDaddy. WordPress is the most popular blogging platform today and it’s a great idea for GoDaddy to dive in to this market.

    1. Jonathan Perez says:

      They ain’t stupid 🙂 Pretty sure they’ll be doing even more big things this year,wonder who they acquire next?

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