The Evolution of GoDaddy

Sat, 18th January 2014, 14:04

Recently GoDaddy announced that they were revamping their Linux Web hosting lineup with the addition of cPanel and its integrated Web hosting management software. At the time GoDaddy said customers were benefiting from a new Web hosting architecture that provided a fast and reliable experience and new Web hosting plans, which enable customers to find a solution that meets their specific needs.

GoDaddy Product Manager Web Hosting Ben Gabler said that “After studying the market and our customer needs, we went to work with cPanel and CloudLinux to create an optimized solution that provides a market-leading customer experience. GoDaddy is focused on bringing the best and most reliable services to our customers around the world".

GoDaddy has continued to evolve its product lineup and has announced a number of changes.. good or bad may depend on the perspective of the user.

Ruby on Rails

There isn't much to say on this change other than effective January 23 2014, GoDaddy shared hosting accounts will no longer support Ruby. Perplexing when one considers that managing Ruby on Rails Applications are incorporated into cPanel.

GoDaddy to offer Microsoft Office 365

GoDaddy and Microsoft Corp. have teamed up in a strategic partnership to offer Office 365 as GoDaddy’s exclusive core business-class email and productivity service for small-business customers.

Steven Aldrich, senior vice president of Business Applications, GoDaddy says:

Combining our small-business expertise together with Microsoft’s productivity offerings opens new doors for small businesses to easily get the tools they need to get more done in their day. We've created a simple way to attach Office 365 to a domain name, helping small-business owners look professional and work anywhere, making the business of running their business easier.”

The strategic agreement between Microsoft and GoDaddy provides small businesses with seamless access to professional email connected to their domain names, cloud storage and a full suite of Microsoft productivity solutions. As part of the agreement, Microsoft created a unique offering of domain-based email and storage especially built with GoDaddy’s very small businesses in mind.

Office 365 offers business-class email, shared calendars, instant messaging, online conferencing and access to the most up-to-date documents. These capabilities are delivered as a cloud service available to users wherever they are, online or offline and across a variety of devices, offering access to the most up-to-date versions of the files and tools they need to get things done. Unlike some offerings designed for consumers or small businesses, Office 365 includes built-in security features that help deflect malware, spam, phishing attacks and other threats. (editor's note: it's a good thing too .. you'll see why further below

Office 365 from GoDaddy is currently available in the U.S. and Canada and will expand globally within the next three months.

GoDaddy WordPress Managed Hosting

GoDaddy is launching a new Web hosting platform dedicated to optimizing WordPress content-management system. The new WordPress experience enables customers to focus on content creation, while GoDaddy handles the technical details of managing a Web hosting account including server setup, security, daily backups and performance optimization.

GoDaddy Director of Hosting Product Management Bill Watt says:

GoDaddy is committed to supporting the WordPress community with one of the fastest, most secure and reliable hosting platforms. The team created a product that is easy-to-use and is robust and scalable as an enterprise-level service. GoDaddy Managed WordPress hosting costs a fraction of other competitors prices and is backed by award-winning, around-the-clock customer service which makes this a great choice for anyone looking to get their website up and running.

GoDaddy is officially launching the product at WordCamp Phoenix and participants of the event have been able to test out the product leading up to the event, in order to give feedback directly to the engineers and designers.

Tom King, Waste Management Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman adds:

GoDaddy’s WordPress solution has really taken the Waste Management Phoenix Open website to the next level. We have had flawless performance since we started using the service. Our tournament is just around the corner and we completely trust GoDaddy to help us deliver a fast and reliable website, regardless of how many spikes in traffic we get.

Not so fast Tom.. Speed matters and Hostjury likes to know how fast, is fast.

GTmetrix uses Google Page Speed and Yahoo! YSlow to grade a site's performance and provides actionable recommendations to fix issues. Since studies have shown that users leave a site if it hasn't loaded in 4 seconds we decided to put Tom King’s perception of a fast and reliable website to the test. While using GTmetrix wouldn't pass the threshold required for a scientific study, (many variables can affect pageload speed), the tool is quick, simple, and convenient.

Our first test on produced an A although that YSlow grade of C was less than stellar. The 4.13 second page load speed may raise some googlebot eyebrows.

GTmetrix report on the pageload spead of the website wm phoenix open 

Possibly a second try... returned similar results and that third test… we are excluding and putting down to Friday afternoon traffic on the west coast! 

Over the years many people (editor’s first thought: think those MediaTemple types) have claimed that GoDaddy’s servers are congested and oversold. We checked and were quite surprised to see 361 domains hosted on the server. (The editor must point out: a domain does not equal a website. Many sites could have numerous parked domains pointing to a main domain. Secondly, 361 domains is not in and of itself, a crowded oversold server).

We noticed the domain on the server so we ran GTmetrix on that domain. The YSlow grade came in slightly faster with a 73% but the pageload speed was substantially faster (relatively speaking) loading in 3.60 seconds. A second test produced similar results. To be fair, we ran one more test on Tom King’s when web traffic would be minimal and the page load speed did drop to 3.42 seconds. This is a fully loaded website with lots going on. So Tom, we’re giving it a pass.

Normally we wouldn’t take the time to scroll down the list or types of domains on a server. Today we did only because of the next heading.

Amazon top malware-host ahead of GoDaddy

A report released by security firm Solutionary reveals that Amazon was the top global malware hosting provider coming in with a 16 percent share, followed closely by GoDaddy ranking second with a 14 percent market share.

On a positive note for GoDaddy, the report found the ease of website creation, low cost and speed of deployment allows malware producers to create and remove malware serving websites quickly, easily and cost effectively, allowing them to infect millions of computers and vast numbers of enterprise systems… awesome.

GoDaddy evolution from a hormone driven budget webhost and domain registrar into a serious contender in the business marketplace continues to gain momentum. While its offerings will likely never appeal to the more ardent hardcore tech evangelists, (editor’s note: there is an adage about never saying never), a global study commissioned by Microsoft estimates if the 28 million small businesses in the U.S. and 125 million worldwide adopted the latest in IT tools, it could potentially boost their revenues by a combined $770 billion and create more than 6 million jobs.

About GoDaddy

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