GoDaddy faces challenger in the form of ByeDaddy

December has not been a good month for GoDaddy, that much we can all agree. The company was forced to back down over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), despite being one of the contributors to its creation. Because of its previous support, GoDaddy customers are beginning to migrate their URLs to other providers, such as Namecheap. In addition to this, someone has set up ByeDaddy.org.

The concept behind ByeDaddy is simple. It acts as a search engine for domains, and then checks the GoDaddy results to see if the domain is registered with them. It even includes a leaderboard of the most popular searches that are still with GoDaddy, and it could be quite surprising. Despite the Wikipedia ethos being to allow freedom to share knowledge and content, their URLs are still registered with GoDaddy alongside a large number of other Wikimedia sites.

When a site that is registered with GoDaddy is searched, a red box on the page informs the viewer of where the domain is registered from. If the site is not registered with GoDaddy, the same happens, though with a green box as opposed to the red. The site provides its own API so that other projects could be forked from it, meaning this may not be the last time we see something to challenge GoDaddy.

The designer of the website, Marco Pazzaglia, has left his Twitter account alongside the API button, so you can credit him for helping friends switch from GoDaddy or whatever other purposes you may have. His Twitter is @BrokenDroid.

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GoDaddy really Fraked up with their blind support for MPAA, RIAA and now with SOPA.

One has to ask why they are so blindly supporting SOPA? Some will argue they are legally forced to, but the fact remains, there is always back room deals that go on when it concerns the Entertainment industry and the Government, no doubt GoDaddy is profiting from all of this.

Exactly, you should all note that GoDaddy hasn't officially stopped supporting S.O.P.A. Their blog post about not supporting S.O.P.A. any longer is just bull**** to stop people from moving their domains.

KaneHusky said,
Am I the only one that gets irritated when people use "URL" in place of "domain?"

I found it annoying as well . Some people think the Internet and WWW are synonyms and that bothers me just as much.

Shadrack said,

I found it annoying as well . Some people think the Internet and WWW are synonyms and that bothers me just as much.

It's just poor education and dumb journalists. Try not to let it get to you, you know it's only going to get worse with the masses becoming dumber by the day.

sava700 said,
Well I guess my questions is who is a cheaper or just as cheap alternative that is easy to use etc?

I use Hover dot com. They have many choice of package, even they are not the cheapest, they have great service.

Which competitors are offering discounts to transfer from GoDaddy at the moment? It it possible not to lose time already paid for with GoDaddy?

To bad the site site doesn't work. i searched up several sites that are registered through goDaddy, they all return "doesn't appear registered with GoDaddy"

Shadrack said,
Maybe it is time to get over Apple and stop obsessing over them...

Apple is a strong supporter of SOPA/PROTECTIP. They would do anything to ensure this passes.

sam232 said,

Apple is a strong supporter of SOPA/PROTECTIP. They would do anything to ensure this passes.


Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and other members of the BSA were implicitly supporting it by being members. The BSA no longer support it in it's current form.

Feel free to post a source for your claim that Apple is a "strong supporter" of SOPA.

FMH said,
Why punish them further, when they have backed down from the SOPA?

publicly, they've backed down from SOPA because losing money is not good for business.

now what they are doing behind closed doors is another story

FMH said,
Why punish them further, when they have backed down from the SOPA?

They register domains on their name, so effectively your domain doesn't ever belong to you. When they are unused or expire, they don't put them back into the common pool, they hoard them, park them, fill with ads, raking in monies, and so no one else but them can reregister it for you, and artificially inflate the amount of domains in service, inhibiting healthiness, as little as there can be any, and growth of the interwebs. They're evil.

FMH said,
Why punish them further, when they have backed down from the SOPA?

They half-assed backed down. They said they are going to let others take the leadership role on the matter.

Oh and their CEO is a elephant killing douche.

cralias said,

They register domains on their name, so effectively your domain doesn't ever belong to you. When they are unused or expire, they don't put them back into the common pool, they hoard them, park them, fill with ads, raking in monies, and so no one else but them can reregister it for you, and artificially inflate the amount of domains in service, inhibiting healthiness, as little as there can be any, and growth of the interwebs. They're evil.

Most domain registras do this though. In fact, domains registered through enom (or one of their resellers, ie. Namecheap) are the worst offenders for holding expired domains to ransom. I've known them squat on a domain for [currently] 4 years

FMH said,
Why punish them further, when they have backed down from the SOPA?

This is simply the same mistake Netflix made; under estimating the feeling of their customers.

When will these big companies learn.

AmazingRando said,

They half-assed backed down. They said they are going to let others take the leadership role on the matter.

Oh and their CEO is a elephant killing douche.

Not the current one but Bob Parsons, ex-CEO - He didn't just stop at killing - douche justified the killing.

FMH said,
Why punish them further, when they have backed down from the SOPA?

They have not backed down. That was all PR speak just so they don't bleed more customers and have negative PR. They still support it, but behind the doors in the committees.

Captain555 said,

Yeap, thanks to everybody who will stick it to those bozos that support the SOPA crap.


This article should include the announcement from Namecheap that Godaddy is trying to stop people from leaving by delaying transfers against ICANN rules.