Godaddy 2016 Web Hosting News Archive

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  • (Dec 9, 2016) GoDaddy Sitelock Partnership Yields Two New Comprehensive Security Features for Small Business Sites – TrueShield WAF and TrueSpeed CDN.
    Small business owners can now protect their website against malicious website traffic by adding a layer of protection. Website content and customer information protected from common attacks which include cross-site scripting and SQL injections. It blocks hurtful spam comments and backdoor access to website files.
    TrueSpeed CDN improves website's loading time, thus improving SEO ranking. Bounce rate gets reduced, and visitors stays for longer time. It also serves as an extra safety net in case of server overload.
  • (07 December, 2016) GoDaddy offers $1.8 billion for German company Host Europe Group, which would allow it to expand further in Europe.
  • This acquisition would make Godaddy market leader in small business cloud services in Europe.
    The move would take Godaddy number of domains managed to 70 million. Presently, Godaddy has 63 million domain names and 14 million customers while HostEurope has 7 million domain names and 1.7 million customers.
  • (Dec 5, 2016) Acquired WP Curve, a bootstrapped startup offering services, and support for WordPress websites. Existing customers would be transitioned over to GoDaddy.
  • (Computerworld Dec 1, 2016) GoDaddy offers WordPress management as a customer attractant
  • GoDaddy launched a search engine for emoji domains, making it easier to search and register available emoji based domains. Apple's new Mac Book Pro let you type in emoji.
  • The Internet is used more on phones and mobiles rather than PC, and this could lead to a flood of emoji-based domains booked.
    Only .ws allow emoji, top-tier domains like .com or .org don't allow it.
  • (BusinessWire India, 2016-10-24) GoDaddy released ‘Future of Work Survey.', a global study that delves into entrepreneurial intent, attitudes, and outlook when considering starting or running a small business.
  • 60% of approximately 1,200 Indians respondents employed in SME's today Aspire to be entrepreneurs over the next 10 years. As compared to Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Turkey, Singapore, the United States and the United Kingdom, the proportion of Indians is much significantly higher.
  • To address Email Encryption and Archiving service security issues, GoDaddy has partnered with two digital security companies that specialize in their respective fields: Proofpoint & Sonian.
    Email Encryption service: GoDaddy Office 365 customers now have added security with email 256-bit encryption and archiving as part of Premium Security Bundle. Sending the valuable data would be easier and protected, compliant with regulations like HIPAA. For encryption, GoDaddy partnered with cyber security firm Proofpoint to secure and encrypt data in transit so that nobody in the middle can access it.
    The Proofpoint technology detects and blocks advanced threats and compliance risks in more than 600 million emails, 7 million mobile apps and hundreds of thousands of social-media accounts every day.
    For internal messages within the organization, the recipient can respond through the inbox. And for external the receiver access through a link for a web portal, where they can read and respond to it.
    The Proofpoint technology can separate the different types of received emails according to risk, it then quarantines spam, impostor, bulk, fishing, adult, and low priority malicious emails.
    Organizations have granular control over email preference and can set filters determining which emails require encryption.
    Email Archiving: To meet strict compliance and security standards, GoDaddy selected Sonian secured proprietary platform, to retain, retrieve and surface critical data and protect intellectual property. GoDaddy users can archive their email and more than 500 different types of attachments in a highly secure and compliant cloud infrastructure dispersed across geographical regions, facilitating, recovery of accidently deleted emails.
  • (Oct. 6, 2016, /PRNewswire) GoDaddy Surpasses a million .uk and registrations, in the United Kingdom
    Godaddy is the The company has cloud servers launched in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. It offers exclusive setup wizard for integrated Email Marketing with WordPress. The company offers 400+ domain codes including new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), .SALON, .GROUP, .GMBH, .LTD, .MOM, .BARCELONA, .PROMO, .GAME, .JETZT, .STREAM. Implemented WHOIS Privacy for .CO.UK, .ME.UK, and .ORG.UK., which replaces the public information a user, provides with an anonymous proxy identity. One-time malware cleanup services using SiteLock 911 with SiteLock technician review offered to customers. For Asian markets, it has Launched Office 365 to small businesses.
  • Streamlined the HIPAA-compliant email setup process in the U.S.A to help small businesses in the healthcare space maintain their HIPAA compliance as part of their email communications with patients and vendors.
  • Announced its intent to acquire FreedomVoice to boost the availability and quality of voice communication services for small business.
  • Launched Flare, a community-based app that helps bring business ideas to life. The app empowers people to share ideas and get guidance from friends, entrepreneurs, and experts.
  • GoDaddy entered into an agreement to acquire WordPress site management tool ManageWP.
    ManageWP enables web designers and developers to manage multiple WordPress sites from a single dashboard, hosted anywhere.
  • looking to do business in Hawaii to provide “resold interexchange telecommunications services” in Hawaii and has filed paperwork with Hawaii regulators asking for approval to offer its services in the state. According to Hawaii Public Utilities Commission it uses a proprietary interactive voice response and unified messaging platform.
    Thus, Godaddy is going to provide interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. It would buy toll-free and direct-inward-dialing numbers and resell those numbers to access its integrated suite of additional services and functionality, including auto attendant, call forwarding/distribution, call queuing, call screening, Internet fax/fax back and enhanced voicemail capabilities such as voice-to-text conversion and email delivery of voicemails. This service would allow single phone to have 2 different phone numbers, and easily distinguish between the two calls: personal and professional
    GoDaddy is in the process of acquiring FreedomVoice Systems, an Encinitas, California-based voice-over telephony company which has also applied to provide resold interexchange service in Hawaii which eventually become one of its affiliates. (Sep 2, 2016, 11:25am HST)
  • GoDaddy announces title sponsorship for ‘World Hosting Days‘. It will lead coversation on on building and enabling a robust ecosystem of web developers, designers and resellers to serve the growing needs of India's 51 million strong SMB market. Also, company will announce a selection of new products and services for web professionals. New Delhi [India], Sept 1 (ANI-BusinessWireIndia)
  • Google and GoDaddy sign up to TAG’s ‘anti-piracy pledge’ new US ad-industry-led anti-piracy initiative to stop piracy websites from benefiting from ad income. This means that they will take steps to minimize the inadvertent placement of digital advertising on websites or other media properties that have an undesired risk of being associated with the unauthorized dissemination of materials protected by the copyright laws.

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GoDaddy Loses Cybersquatting Lawsuit

Cybersquatting Lawsuit

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GoDaddy just lost a major lawsuit handed down by the Film Academy. The Academy filed the lawsuit this past May claiming that GoDaddy allowed customers to purchase and park pages – a form of cybersquatting. In this particular case, GoDaddy clients purchased names like and various other sites.

For obvious reasons, the Academy did not like the fact that random people were using these Academy-related names. Cybersquatting is actually illegal in the U.S., so GoDaddy had a hard time getting out of this lawsuit.

Some Names Went Unscathed

GoDaddy lawyers did their best to keep some of the purchased domain names intact. The company argued that some of the names had nothing to do with the Academy at all. For example, one domain name was This site has no relation to the movies, film, or the Academy, so the judge let the GoDaddy client keep the name.

However, GoDaddy clients were allowed to keep just 13 names out of a very long list. The other domains have been shut down – even if those sites did not actually connect or relate to the Academy in any manner. Whether or not the sites were related, the judge in this case ruled that the sites were still too similar.

Cybersquatting Is Tricky Business

GoDaddy sold the cybersquatting software to various clients as a domain registration tool. There's a lot of money to be made in site names that sound a lot like famous names or famous academies, in this case, but it's still illegal. How can you prevent this kind of a lawsuit from happening?

It's really tough to go over every single site that someone registers through your cheap hosting company. But, that's what you have to do in order to avoid an issue – almost. You see, you can't let someone use software that purposely searches for sites that are similar to other names, trademarks, people, or companies. However, if one site out of a hundred comes under copyright attack, all you have to do (as a hosting company) is close that site down.

Is it Really a Big Deal?

In the case of GoDaddy, though, there were too many sites to shut down, and the software was at the crux of the problem. There's no exact word right now on how much money GoDaddy spent fighting the lawsuit. Or, how much money GoDaddy gathered with the cybersquatting software. It seems as though the two would be largely comparable, but it's possible that GoDaddy still made a profit here.

Let this be a lesson for cloud hosting, or other, companies: don't sell cybersquatting software. Or, do so at your own risk! Eventually, someone is going to catch on to what you're doing, and that could cost you a lot of money if you manage to capture a business or organization with a lot of cash!

What do you think of cybersquatting? Was this case tried fairly or is this something that is just silly all around? Please let us know below

GoDaddy Secret Formula

GoDaddy's Secret Formula

godaddy hostingGoDaddy news again today. The cheap web hosting giant has just purchased Media Temple. Over the past month, GoDaddy has purchased six companies. What's going on over there?

Why So Many Purchases?

Right now, GoDaddy has a somewhat niche market catering to web hosting clients. GoDaddy has sunk a lot of money into advertising and getting new cheap hosting clients, and that's the number one reason why so many people use and know about this company. So why would GoDaddy want to change a good thing? It it's not broke, don't fix it – right?

Not necessarily. GoDaddy is trying to expand the company's target market to include and envelope a number of different clients. This time around, purchasing Media Temple lets GoDaddy branch out into website services. Media Temple offers site building tools, and the company is also home to many different site owners, since Media Temple is a web hosting company as well.

That's Not All

Not only has GoDaddy purchased Media Temple, but the hosting company is also branching out where sponsorship is concerned. GoDaddy is currently sponsoring the Europa League, which is a really big deal amidst the sports world. In short, GoDaddy stands to make a lot of money through this sponsorship, and the company will also gain a ton of new recognition.

With Media Temple purchased and running, sponsorships of massive sporting events, and other acquisitions, GoDaddy is really carving out a name for itself in the hosting world. Even though GoDaddy has come under some fire for other issues in the past, this is one company that you'll want to pay attention to when it comes to building up your own cloud hosting or other brand.

GoDaddy Does It Right

If you are just getting started in the cheap hosting business, GoDaddy is one company that you'll want to pay closer attention to. You don't have to have GoDaddy's budget to see where this company is going – or to get great ideas for your own hosting business.

What will GoDaddy do next? It's hard to say, exactly, but it looks like GoDaddy is on a Yahoo-type spending spree where smaller purchases are concerned. If you use GoDaddy, I'd love to know what you think about this company's recent purchases. Or, let me know how you feel about the acquisition if you are a Media Temple customer.

As always, we're here to help you out with any cheap web hosting woes or review issues that you have. If you need help or have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us! When it comes to web hosting, we're your number one source for reviews and news!

Go Daddy: Marketing Gone Too Far?

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Sex sells. That is one indisputable fact of marketing, and businesses take full advantage of its efficacy. If you use sex to sell your hosting services, will people think your company specializes in adult hosting? Should hosting companies look at marketing a bit differently?

After Go Daddy's infamous Super Bowl 2013 advertisement, some might say yes. If you missed it, you could torture yourself by Googling it, but I will warn you: it might make you throw up a little in your mouth.

Go Daddy: The Commercial

First, something you are probably well aware of: Go Daddy is not an adult hosting provider. Yes, you can host adult content, but it's not what they specialize in. They offer email hosting and hosting of tame content as well as the more risky material.

In this ad, however, one might be led to believe that their specialty is indeed adult hosting. The ad begins with spokesperson Danica Patrick showing viewers the two sides of Go Daddy: “the sexy side, represented by Bar Refaeli”, a blonde bombshell, and “the smart side, that creates a killer website for your small business, represented by Walter”, your typical representation of a nerd. He is reminiscent of the character of Dennis Nedry in the movie Jurassic Park.

To solidify Patrick's point that the two sides work perfectly together, the camera zooms in uncomfortably close as the two go in for a horribly awkward kiss, complete with disgusting sound effects.

It should also be mentioned that this ad could have been even more uncomfortable: CBS rejected an earlier version of the ad. Why? According to Jesse Heiman, the actor portraying the nerd in the commercial, “It's just, you know, a lot of tongue action.” That must be a LOT of tongue action to be banned.

Go Daddy: The Big Question

Whether you loved it or hated it, the fact is the marketing style used in the Go Daddy spot works. There are only a small number of folks who would actually connect Go Daddy exclusively to an adult hosting company. Go Daddy has a long history, nine years in fact, running ads during the Super Bowl. By now, people know that's just how the company sells their service.

In fact, in an interview with Forbes, the senior executive VP and chief marketing officer, Barb Rechterman (yes, she's a woman!) points to the fact that all Super Bowl ads are designed to grab a viewer's attention to the extent they spend the next day talking about it with friends and co-workers.

The Super Bowl ad from this year, however uncomfortable for viewers, was most definitely etched in their minds. Rechterman knows the marketing was effective no matter what viewers thought of it simply because the very next day after the ad ran, they had their best sales day in history.

Go Daddy: Accusations

Some say that the ad is sexist and stereotypical. Rechterman assures that it was not the intention, she didn't even see a stereotypical problem with the ad until the question was asked. No matter if people thought it was depicting a typical dumb blonde, relying on the smart, unattractive man to save her: Rechterman says this is absolutely not the case.

Instead, it is just a commercial that will burn itself into your brain, to the point you are discussing it with everyone, thereby exposing the brand to others.

At the end of the day, all that matters for Go Daddy are sales. It's obvious that there are those out there that jumped right on board with the cheap hosting and email hosting company, as Go Daddy expected, because of the ad.

However, there are many people who are so turned off by these ads, they wouldn't touch the company or their services with a thirty-foot pole. Does this segment of consumers walk away from the ad thinking that Go Daddy is strictly an adult hosting company, or do they just despise their advertising tactics to the point they refuse to do business with them? We can't say.

Do you feel that Go Daddy went too far with this year's Super Bowl advertisement? Do you find anything wrong with selling hosting services using sex?

Cheap Hosting Site ‘GoDaddy’ Snags Another Yahoo Employee

‘GoDaddy' Snags Another Yahoo Employee

GoDaddy is dipping into the Yahoo employee pool again. The cheap hosting site's CEO, Blake Irving, has just stolen Elissa Murphy away from Yahoo. Murphy ran the cloud services department at Yahoo as VP of Engineering for cloud services. Now, Murphy is switching teams by joining her former Yahoo colleague at GoDaddy.

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This isn't the first time that Irving has stolen Yahoo talent. Just a few weeks ago, Irving managed to steal James Carroll, former SVP of the Consumer and Global Trade Platform at Yahoo. Now that Irving has snagged two of Yahoo's best, what will the cheap hosting provider do with them?

Future GoDaddy Plans

GoDaddy has an interesting reputation. It's not a reputation without blemishes, but it's still one that most people know and trust. As far as cheap hosting companies go, GoDaddy has to be one of the best known. What will Murphy bring to GoDaddy? Aside from the money that Irving, no doubt, threw at her, Murphy seems to be making a personal stand with this move.

Formerly, Murphy was quoted as saying that she was drawn to Yahoo originally due to the company start-up feel and appeal. GoDaddy isn't exactly in the start-up stage any longer, but the company may still feel smaller to Murphy, and that might have been a selling point. Murphy left Yahoo on a positive note. So, what is GoDaddy working on that will require such awesome talent?

‘GoDaddy' Snags Another Yahoo Employee: PR and More Clouds?

It's really hard to guess at what the cheap hosting provider is working on next. But, if I had to guess, I'd say that Irving pulled Murphy into the mix because of her obvious cloud experience — and, as Irving is quoted as stating — she “…just plain rocks.” That sentiment certainly seems to be true, especially since Murphy was just featured on the Yahoo Careers Page as one of the company's most valuable assets.

Yahoo will certainly be sad to see her go, but GoDaddy seems to have a certain appeal. The cheap hosting provider has been in the news recently due to some X-rated scandals, but GoDaddy remains one of the top cheap hosting providers out there. In fact, GoDaddy is one of the most recognizable cheap hosting names on the Internet.

‘GoDaddy' Snags Another Yahoo Employee: What's Next?

I will keep you posted as news about Murphy's move materializes. It seems as though Murphy is more than comfortable with the move, and she is definitely going to bring more than a bit of experience with her to GoDaddy.

What do you think of the move? Was Murphy a good choice? What will GoDaddy do next? Let me now what your thoughts are about this cheap hosting provider news!