Exodus: Godaddy

Written 05:17 pm 11/2/2012 Modifed 05:48 pm 11/2/2012
I feel stupider every time I see this picture

So over the past couple of weeks, I've been moving my domains and hosting off of GoDaddy in favor of IWantMyName for DNS and Dreamhost for hosting. This is something that I have been planning to do for a while, but have never spent the time.

Why was I using GoDaddy to begin with? Look, we were all young once. My first server side programming job was at the University of Minnesota, where I developed for their Moodle instance. I wanted to have a web presence of my own, so I purchased my first domain. I had no idea what I was doing, and GoDaddy seemed just as viable an option as anything else. I was bright eyed, and navigating this complex system seemed like a right of passage; like my inability to comprehend it signaled that it was a sophisticated system that I would see no matter what host I chose.

After building out my first site, which was little more than static, I dropped BureauOfFactsAndStatistics.org and moved the content to my newly dynamic rayminge.com. I built the site based on my experience at Moodle, where everything was modular (the 'M' is for Modular. Or Mike's). That eventually got re-rolled into this site, while switching domains.

After only moving the hosting around three or so times, I began to hate the clumsy GoDaddy back-end. I was annoyed by automated phone calls attempting to placate their users into staying. I don't care about Danica Patrick. I care even less about NASCAR. I would hear tales of the founder shooting elephants. Then SOPA happened, and GoDaddy was first in line to try to destroy the internet. On a philosophical level, this is repulsive. Although after all of this hype died down, my desire to do anything about it did as well.

Doing some sites for friends, I discovered DreamHost. It was complex, but it was organized. I could understand what it was that I was doing. I discovered how simple it was to set up google apps. This led me to transfer over RayMinge.com, so I didn't have to use POP for my email account. In an hour of playing in the back-end, I learned more about DNS and Hosting than I had in my entire experience with GoDaddy. Suddenly, I was in control. Newly empowered, I've been moving all of my accounts over to DreamHost and IWantMyName.

Last night, I moved the last domain over. My band's web site HotAsh.es has a foreign Top Level Domain (TLD). For whatever reason, it now shows up in both admins. Apparently GoDaddy processed something incorrectly, and it didn't remove the domain. This is frightening, because everything else had worked so far. I was tempted to delete that domain from my account, but I don't want to worry that somehow they'll actually be able to unregister that domain. I told them I was surprised that it shows up, and inquired whether or not I could safely delete that domain.

I'm not sure if they read my support ticket at all.

Thank you for contacting Online Support. It appears you want to transfer your domain to
another registrar. The same registry rules exist as with transferring a .es domain name
to us. Check with your new registrar for exact information on beginning the transfer
process. The domain name does not need to be unlocked to be available for transfer.

Please let us know if we can help you in any other way.

Godaddy. You are wasting everybody's time.