With 32% of the web domain market registered to GoDaddy (50 million domain names), there's a good chance you or someone you know uses the service despite their less than stellar reputation and questionable marketing. The PR fiasco continued with GoDaddy's recent flip-flop support of the controversial, internet-crippling Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), resulting in 37,000 domain transfers in protest. If you're thinking of moving your site domain to a company more dedicated to an open Internet, here are 5 alternatives for your domain and web hosting needs.
Whether for a small personal website or for something more expansive, Name Cheap is one of our current favourite alternative recommendations to GoDaddy. Monthly rates extend from $3 to $11, depending on how much disk space or how many domains are required. With strong customer support, Name Cheap also offers free WhoIs protection for the first year. And equally important, the company stand in support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation fight against SOPA. Right now when you use their coupon 'SOPASUCKS' to move your domain for $7, they will contribute $2 to the EFF. So far they've managed to raise over $64,000 which helps those of us who aren't in the US and wish to be heard. Domain Transfer Fee: $7 w/ Coupon
Web Hosting Hub
Creating and maintaining a webpage doesn't need to be so difficult or expensive, and Web Hosting Hub is living proof of this. Although there aren't a wide range of customization options, Web Hosting Hub is only $5/month, with unlimited disk space/bandwidth, as well as unlimited websites and e-mails. Domain name registration is free. Domain Transfer Fee: 1st is Free - Additional Domains are $12
For more flexibility, Blue Host has a control panel that doesn't disappoint. From a single page domains, databases, webpages, e-mail accounts, and statistics can all be viewed and managed. They offer a free domain or unlimited domains for a single account as well as unlimited web space, file transfer and e-mail all for $6/month. With a record of having one of the best customer service departments on the market, they stand by that claim with an anytime money back guarantee. Domain Transfer Fee: $12 per Domain
No one can predict how much traffic a website can generate, but if you're fortunate enough to experience a spike, InMotion Hosting is designed to accomodate for sudden growth. This is particularly of importance for online businesses, big or small, who can't afford any downtime. InMotion is recognized by CNET and the Better Business Bureau as one of the better host services in both customer service and reliability. For $9/month you get unlimited traffic and disk space as well as 2 websites and 6 domains. Domain Transfer Fee: 1st is Free - Additional Domains are $12
Coupon code 'SOPAROPA' will take $50 off (and also offers 4 free domain registrations) when you sign up for a year. Considering their going rate is $9/month, a year's worth of web hosting could cost as low as $58. Their dashboard is quite informative with server information, billing and MySQL. On top of unlimited storage, bandwidth and domains, they offer an additional 50GB of backup space. Domain Transfer Fee: $10
The list of web hosting services is practically endless and these are just a few. What are some services you recommend?