Moving from GoDaddy

Last December I had had about enough.

When I built my first Web site, it was 2001 and getting up and running on the Internet wasn’t the easiest thing to do. I chose GoDaddy to host because, at the time, they were the easiest thing I could find. For some reason I thought their name and logo meant they would be pretty cool to work with. I’m such a sucker.

Since the beginning, I’ve done my best to make sense of their site. It’s hard to figure out what you’re doing on it. It’s just way too hard to navigate. Not only that, at every turn they try to get you to buy more of their products. When you buy a new domain name, when you re-up your hosting, or just when you bring up the site, everywhere you turn they’re pushing more product. Once, when I called their support number, what I really got was a sales person who spent most of our time on the phone getting me to renew my hosting plan.

Still, I learned to ignore it all and stayed with the company.

For most of the past 10 years, I have endured GoDaddy’s unfemale-friendly commercials during every Super Bowl. I put up with the same attitude on their site where they tease you to “see the rest” of what they couldn’t show on T.V. And I did it knowing my money was paying for it, and I stuck with them anyway.

Last spring I put up with GoDaddy’s CEO, Bob Parsons, hunting elephants and then posting the graphic videos of it.

And still I stayed.

Until last December. That’s when I heard about GoDaddy’s support of SOPA. That’s when I decided it was time to jump ship. Turns out a lot of people felt the same way.

Up until last December I was a little frightened of moving away. I had been there for 10 years, my sites worked, my email worked and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to figure out another company’s technology.

I did a little research, and I found a local company based right in Pittsburgh that was started just for me. Their name is pair Networks, and they had me at “we have an environmental policy.” It took a little trial and error, but all my sites were up and running smoothly within a couple of days, all my emails are in working order, and I haven’t noticed any down time since I started hosting with them.

Now I know my money is going somewhere I can be proud to say I support. I don’t have to pay for scantily clad women during my Super Bowls anymore.