__/ [ Blinky the Shark ] on Tuesday 16 May 2006 23:19 \__
> Ed Jay wrote:
>> squash@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx scribed:
>>>I dont understand how godaddy can make any money given the prices they
>>>charge . Web hosting requires a lot of support and my guess is godaddy
>>>subscribers do not have phds in all the complexities of building
>>>websites. THey must be spending all day answering the most basic
>>>question from users, like what does it mean to host a website? And all
>>>that for $2/ month?!
[Warning: this is a rant]
Do they make money? They most certainly are. Even in questionable ways...
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| Question: The OpenSourceParking.com announcement cites a Netcraft
| report, which found that GoDaddy.com's migration from Linux to Windows
| caused Apache to lose server share. Was this event the sole impetus
| for OpenSourceParking.com?
| Perens: Not the first. It's part of a continuing behavior pattern by
| Microsoft that I think it's fair to call "dirty fighting." GoDaddy was
| using Apache (I assume on Linux) because it was a great technical
| solution. They didn't switch to IIS on Windows Server 2003 for any
| technical reason. The switch was accompanied by a press release by
| GoDaddy, containing Microsoft promotional language. Now, I've changed
| many servers from one thing to another, but I've never made a press
| release about it. GoDaddy wouldn't be doing that unless Microsoft had
| offered them something valuable in return. There has been talk in the
| domain business that Microsoft has been offering the large domain
| registries a wad of cash to switch their parked sites. There is no
| other reason to do this than to influence the Netcraft figures.
>> They're doing well enough to afford television commercials--I've
>> occasionally been seeing them in southern Calif. You may safely bet that
>> 95% of their labor is performed by software. Add a humongous customer
>> base, and you have an answer to the question, "How do they stay viable."
Sometimes they spam to promote and call for some extra business...
> They've even placed commercials in our Super Bowl game (the pro football
> championship game) the last three years, and gotten plenty of press for
> the risque nature and the hot babe. And Superbowl time is the most
> expensive TV advertising buy in the US.
Let me guess what the slogan is... "Go! Big daddy!" (not to be confused with
Google's Big Daddy, which is leading to Webmaster chaos at the moment).
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