They did awesome marketing, and created an expense ladder in place of a user interface.
They trick so many, every day… So many of my innocent, well intended customers and friends buy their domain on GoDaddy. Then they get free hosting and insist on using it. This is just the beginning of more expenses and a rapidly developing feeling of commitment and attachment to their service.
Their model is based on a few simple strategies:
GoDaddy’s psychological war-fare comes at a nifty price for the Webmaster/Developer. They replaced the cPanel with a sales portal… OUCH. Nothing works on the first try, and finding the settings and applications requires clicking through all sorts of internal advertisement tunnels.
Additionally, it appears their CEO enjoys killing elephants….
FatCow is certainly one BIG spiritual step up from GoDaddy’s sexual advertisement schemes. Their ‘Plesk‘ (slightly mispronounced Desk) is not my personal favorite but does the job. I enjoyed it very much before discovering the pleasures of the cPanel.
Their marketing remains somewhat aggressive. Clearly, they hire MANY professional bloggers to blog away about the awesomeness and convenience of FatCow, effectively drowning a lot of the complaints. Real posts concerning FatCow are actually quite hard to find. The truth is… they are good but not the best.
It’s GREAT if you do static HTML… ahem. Back when I was using them, it was slow with WordPress and I can only assume that other awesome applications would suffer a lot. So for those statics still out there… I know you are… Go FatCow and make sure to get your first year coupons! That’s right, FatCow is darn cheap for what it offers: unlimited everything (pretty much) and decent support.
Ok, yeah I’m exaggerating. They’re not scammers.
I left DotEasy a long time ago, only using it for my very first websites because they would basically give you a domain and host your website starting at $15/yr approx.
It’s dirt cheap. It’s the dot made easy.
Using BlueHost I imported a domain and two CMS-run websites in two hours once. Most of that time was spent getting on the phone with GoDaddy to inquire about installing WordPress on their server, and finding out it would double the price of hosting.
You might think that GoDaddy is easier for you because you’re not very technical. You might think it’s more affordable. BlueHost only costs $7/month and offers the best customer support I have ever experienced… in any industry.
Everything you couldn’t imagine a hosting company can offer at such a low, flat rate.
The User Interface chosen by BlueHost is cPanel, an up-to-date piece of software made to optimize the experience of ANY LEVEL person wanting to host a website.
BlueHost is a company with a high level of consciousness, and I believe in promoting companies and people who make my life more enjoyable.
The world would somehow feel more green if everyone went Blue.
BlueHost provides an affiliate program so you can, as I, be rewarded for spreading the word.