GoDaddy has been good with pricing lately. That cheap who can afford not to go with them. Unless of course its cheaper elsewhere but this is a cool thing. I can't wait till .us are only 2.00 ;)
That price drop actually kinda worries me. The only reason they would drop the price that low is if they were HURTING. I mean, they're already the least expensive around - they don't have to undercut anyone.
How many domains have they registered? It makes no logical sense for them to CUT THEIR ANNUAL REVENUE by millions.
It should be mentioned that the price drop is a special price only available during the month of April ... at least that's what was explained in the email I received.
I think they are going to be profit neutral on the domain names and try to make all their money off of cross selling.
|How many domains have they registered? |
FYI, there are 3,204,663 domains registered with GoDaddy - as for 2003 - according to Whois.sc [Whois.sc].
However, GoDaddy is still on number three, with the third most domains registered, first is Network Solutions, followed by Tucows. This maybe one of the reasons GoDaddy has so many special offers - daily, weekly and monthly.
$6.95 for new .coms is great, but I don't believe it applies to renewals and I also noticed there isn't a tiered registration level on .net and .org if you register for more than one year.
FYI, there are 3,204,663 domains registered with GoDaddy - as for 2003 - according to Whois.sc.
However, GoDaddy is still on number three, with the third most domains registered, first is Network Solutions, followed by Tucows.
Don't forget to add Wild West Domains to the total count. That's their reseller arm. This makes GoDaddy the #2 Registrar ahead of Tocows.
Someone told me that it costs the registrars $6.95 per domain to buy from ICANN and resell. So GoDaddy is definitely not making profit on this. They will make their profit from the add-ons.
If you use godaddy, be certain to have account set up not to renew unless you really want to renew.
There customer service, in my opinion, is rude. But that's life these days.
Last time I looked, you could not change the registrant name etc. on GoDaddy domains, whereas you can with a Tucows domain.
The down side is you have to use the seizure inducing site. lol
resolved: by-n-large domain registrars represent the worst the web has to offer in the way of usabiity. I know grade schoolers to could design better sites than gd or netsol.
|Don't forget to add Wild West Domains to the total count. That's their reseller arm. This makes GoDaddy the #2 Registrar ahead of Tocows. |
I believe that is incorrect.
|Wild West Domains started operating as an ICANN accredited registrar in July 2002. The sole purpose of WWD is to service domain/hosting resellers. The reseller program was formerly part of GoDaddy.com. This became a conflict of interest for the reseller program. So, WWD was spun off as a separate registrar for the reseller program, and it took off. |
So the info at Whois.sc is accurate. GoDaddy is still the #3 most-used registrar.
...but in reality Godaddy and WildWestDomains are owned by the same people/company.
yeah, just looked up their whois - they both use the same servers.
GoDaddy seems to be making a fine living. What they appear to be doing as a strategy is using a special on new domain purchases to get people to get onto their service. They have many add-ons you can buy, and I am sure they are making lots of money from those.
By-the-way, I've purchased a few of those add-ons, and I must say so far all of them are well priced, quality products.
And I have not found godaddies customer service to be rude. Quite the contrary.
I find the user interface works very well and is extremely usable.
Just my 2 cents. Richard Lowe