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GoDaddy is a giant. They’re the household name in the DNS registrar, web hosting and email world. However, if going with the masses for OK service isn’t your thing, then you’ll want to check out these top GoDaddy alternatives.

DNS Registration

  • NameCheap: $10.69/year with free privacy (WhoisGuard). With more than 7 millions domains for over 3 million customers under its belt, Namecheap is one of the best alternative domain name registrars.
  • com: $12.99/year + free privacy with coupon code “PRIVACYPLEASE”. Based in Denver, Name.com happily serves over 320,000 customers with nearly 2 million domains under management.
  • Hover: $12.99/year + free Whois Privacy. Hover is owned by Tucows Incorporated, the second largest ICANN-accredited domain registrar in the world (second only to GoDaddy).

(Stay away from Network Solutions, Register.com, Web.com & MelbourneIT – they all suck!)

Namecheap: In 2011 there was widespread push-back on GoDaddy due to their pro-SOPA position (Stop Online Piracy Act). Namecheap was an anti-SOPA advocate, and launched a campaign on December 29, 2011 called “Move Your Domain Day”, with a coupon code “SOPASucks” where the company donated $1 from each transferred domain to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. There was a mass exodus from GoDaddy to Namecheap, which has solidified Namecheap as me #1 recommended alternative to GoDaddy for DNS registration.

Why I like Namecheap: Best price, great reviews, amazing support, cheaper than GoDaddy and other “big box” registrars with no games, stands up for privacy and consumer’s rights.

Name.com: Based in Denver, Name.com happily serves over 320,000 customers with nearly 2 million domains under management. The company has solid service, and actively supports several non-profits, including the EFF.

Why I like Name.com: Great pricing, solid service, world-class support, philanthropic business model.

Hover: Hover is an accessible giant. They offer premium service without all the gimmicks and upsells of titan providers like GoDaddy. They feel much like the Namecheap and Name.com alternatives listed, but have significant infrastructure behind them.

Why I like Hover: If you want a top alternative domain name provider that’s owned and supported by a giant, then go with Hover.

Web Hosting

Email

GoDaddy’s email is… meh. I’m not sure how else to put it. It does its job, it’s relatively easy to setup, but the functionality, customization, and growth opportunities are not there.

  • Rackspace: Starting at only $2/month per email, Rackspace offers affordable email hosting for your small business. They’ve been in the email game for over 13 years, and they know what they’re doing. They have great spam and virus protection, and their security it top notch. This alternative email service offers Outlook, webmail and mobile access, a 100% uptime guarantee, and a massive 25 GB storage per mailbox. Already have GoDaddy webmail but looking to migrate? No problem! Rackspace offers free email migrations with a few simple clicks.
  • Microsoft Exchange Online: If you don’t want to mess around with your company’s email, simply head directly to Microsoft and signup for an Exchange account. Starting at $4/month per user, Exchange offers an enterprise class solution that’s now accessible to the masses. If that’s not enough, the next step is to upgrade to Office 365, which includes email access but the entire suite of Microsoft Office products, accessible anywhere, on the go.