I Hate GoDaddy

Have I mentioned this before? Have I written about how the GoDaddy control panels are a Kafka-esque, spaghetti-like, flaming wheels-came-off-it mess?

Have I written before about how GoDaddy’s website and control panels are one gigantic, heaving, shrill, continuous upsell rivaled only by Cairo marketplace stall owners?

When I work on accounts hosted at GD, I sometimes spend more time fighting with and hunting through the various popup pages, menus, click-thru agreements and other insane GD crap than actually on making the website changes. True story.

Have I told you how much I hate GoDaddy?

Have I?

Have I?

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How to Transfer a Domain Name

This is how to transfer from any registrar TO dreamhost.com, who I consider to be sane, competent and trustworthy. I’ve had an account with them since 2001. Here’s my Web Hosting essay for more background about them.

1. go to your current registrar and log in with your account credentials
2. look around for how to transfer the registration, and initiate it; you’ll get a “transfer authorization code”
3. go to https://signup.dreamhost.com/
4. click Register a Domain Only
5. fill in the stuff, and you’ll probably have to pay $9.95
6. click “I already own a domain” and enter the transfer authorization code

Ten bucks is nothing to go from insanity to sanity. GoDaddy, Spymac and several other registrars are just too much for me to look at. The simplest tasks are made impossible by horrid control panel design and rude upsell ads. I’ll take my registrations without the LSD, thanks.

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Subdomain or Subdirectory?

A client asked me if he should put a blog on a subdomain or a subdirectory, in other words blog.domain.com or domain.com/blog. His concern was about the future: he’s heard a subdomain will scale better. Good question, but don’t let it hold up progress because it’s not that important any longer. From an SEO standpoint, conventional wisdom said to make it a subdomain. From a scaling standpoint, conventional wisdom said make it a subdirectory.

Scaling issues are good problems to have, it means you’ve got tons of traffic and are probably making a nice sum, thus able to pay someone to do work for you. Having a scaling problem is like having a boat so big it’s hard to find a marina.

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Keep it Simple: Domains

Here’s why it’s best to keep things simple with domains.

Summary: a webmaster wonders why a domain isn’t getting love from Google. Answer: duplicate content penalty… she has a handful of domains that are duplicates, showing the same text.

The lesson here is to keep things simple. The minute you start thinking about plans that involve two or more domains to get more traffic, a BIG RED LIGHT should go off in your head. Unless you are an advanced webmaster who knows exactly what you are doing, forget about complex, multi-domain plans.

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