Once Network Solutions was no longer the only Registrar in the world of the web, Bob Parsons sold his financial software company to Intuit and got into the domain name game. From there, Bob grew his company and started offering hosting, websites, and the story goes on.
Today, GoDaddy is almost as much of a household name as Google. They are at the top of their game in hosting and domain name registration. It’s rare to turn on the T.V. without catching a GoDaddy commercial. All of this sounds good until you take the plunge and decide to pull the trigger and get into bed with not just any daddy, but THE GoDaddy.
I have personally been in the business of building custom websites since 1993 – shortly after Tim Berners Lee invented HTML. It was scary back then, but exciting as well. Image not having any books or school curriculum covering the basics of website design. I feel somewhat like a pioneer in the field, but humble as I know there are way better coders to come after me. But, having said that, I have also seen a lot of things come and go.
Nowadays, when I catch a dreaded GoDaddy commercial on T.V., I cringe. I immediately feel sorry for the poor souls who end up falling for their pitch. Who wouldn’t fall for an offer for a free website? I mean, wow, that sounds great, sign me up! The truth is, it is not all it’s cracked up to be. Yes, you can get what looks like to be an amazing website, and best of all, you are the one in the driver seat. You get to point and click your way through a myriad of styles, shapes, and sizes until you come up with what you think looks like the best representation of you and your business model.
This is the point at which everything can go terribly wrong and usually does. First thing to consider is, simply because GoDaddy gives you the tools to build your own website doesn’t mean you have the skills to follow through. Being a web designer requires a wide range of skill sets. Do you have all of the necessary skills to pull it off? The difference between a so-so GoDaddy site and what you can expect from a seasoned professional will amaze you.
Here’s where we get down to the nitty-gritty. The difference between what you can marginally pull off with your GoDaddy site and what actually needs to happen is very contrasting. Whether you go for the free site or go the paid route with GoDaddy, either way your hosting is going to suck big time. It is almost certain that it will underperform with regards to load times and overall speed. You see, they are shooting for volume or quantity, not quality. Like the old used car salesman mantra, “stack ’em deep and sell ’em cheap. There is way more to building a great website that draws more unique visitors and converts them to paying customers than a superficial “purdy” website.
Let’s get to why GoDaddy is our best salesperson, as if it isn’t already obvious. When you hire us, you get more than 25 years of rock solid experience in web design and hosting. We bring to the table a plethora of experience in content development, graphic design, SEO, SEM, marketing, and managed hosting. Any website we create totally outperforms anything you can create on your own using GoDaddy. The bottom line is, folks who have tried to make a website on their own eventually ends up at our doorstep or another website developers site begging for help. There is a fine line between pretty and profit and if you are looking for a website that will produce results, don’t waste your time with trying it out on your own.