The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Thursday, 13 May 2010]

Adios, GoDaddy

Fed up with endless upsells and sexist marketing, Nic leaves GoDaddy behind.

Like a lot of people, I’ve been getting fed up with GoDaddy’s sexist marketing and their relentless upselling.

Seriously, I get that you need to ask for the sale, but there’s a difference between offering and preloading alternatives so every visit to a GoDaddy page means having to triple-check to make sure you don’t end up buying a freaking yacht.

And of course, I don’t want to support a company that treats me like a knuckledragger while it picks my pocket.

After some searching around for alternatives, I ended up following Gina Trapani’s lead and switched to NameCheap.

It took a while, since apparently the rules for switching name hosts were written back in the days when zeppelins ruled the skies. Can’t transfer a domain within 60 (yes! 60!) days of renewing it, and domains can’t be transferred if they’re within seven days of renewal.

The transfer itself takes about a week. Yes, about a week. Silly me, I thought there were, oh, what are they called? oh yes, computers involved in this process, but apparently not.

So patience is key. Patience and writing down all your current DNS settings at the current registrar so you can recreate them.

Oh, and NameCheap? Their website sure won’t win any design awards, but it’s functional and doesn’t try to sell you a yacht while it distracts you with boobs, so it’s all good.

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