Did GoDaddy's site outage have you questioning how your website lives? The world's largest domain registrar and one of the biggest website hosts, GoDaddy.com was hacked yesterday, causing websites hosted by the company to be down. Even worse: any site whose domain was registered with GoDaddy, even if the host site is elsewhere, was inaccessible.
If the mess has you rethinking your service with GoDaddy or you just want to do some price shopping comparison, then check out these domain alternatives.
- Name.com: Unlike GoDaddy, Name offers alternative suggestions to your ideal domain name, including domain names that are currently held but that are up for auction. You can also pay Name a small fee to quickly purchase the URL if and when it one day becomes available.
- Hover: Unlike GoDaddy's rather complicated site, Hover's clean interface is no-fuss (finally, simple domain management). Users can quickly update domains from one page and easily manage multiple domains. Registration starts at $15 a year.
- NameCheap: For bloggers on a budget or anyone looking for the best deal, consider NameCheap. It offers domain service, web hosting, and email at an affordable rate. For those serious about making the switch, a domain transfer costs a mere $5.
- Consider a new hosting platform: Many web-hosting platforms (i.e., Blogger, WordPress) offer the ability to purchase your domain name with them. This is a safe and fairly easy option; do make sure to read the fine print, though. Sometimes these hosts can become the owner of the domain rather than you. Being the owner is key: you don't want someone taking your name down the line, so make sure to confirm that you hold legal rights to your site's domain.
Source: Instagram user nick_bautista