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GoDaddy is a privately owned, Internet-based company that provides a variety of services including domain name registration, web hosting and e-business software sales. The company, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, was founded by Bob Parsons. Parsons previously owned a financial services software company, which he sold in the mid-1990s upon retirement. He came out of retirement in 1997 to form Jomax Technologies, the predecessor to GoDaddy.

Since it’s inception, GoDaddy has risen to become the largest domain registrar in the world, with tens of million of domains registered to its clients. The company ranks as the world’s largest ICANN-accredited registrar; it’s approximately four times larger than its nearest competition. Recent corporate acquisitions include Outright, Locu, Afternic, and Media Temple.

GoDaddy has redefined Internet hosting services, and it has been the recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades. Among these awards are the 2001 Arizona BBB award for Business Ethics and the 2011 SC Magazine award for Best Security Team. In 2011, it ranked number four in the Phoenix Business Magazine list of “Best Places to Work in the Valley” and it made the 2012 Forbes list of “Best 100 Companies to Work For.”

Known for its sometimes controversial commercials and interesting spokespersons, GoDaddy also sponsors a number of charitable causes in support of domestic violence and child abuse awareness, and sports events, including NASCAR and the Super Bowl. In 2013, the company shifted its advertising strategy to focus more on small to medium sized business owners (SMB). Reflecting this change, its commercials and advertising materials shifted from “sexy” to smart.

Financing Coming “Soon” to GoDaddy Aftermarket

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According to a tweet posted by Alex Verdea this afternoon, GoDaddy is now allowing customers to use Klarna to purchase GoDaddy products and services. Klarna is buy now pay later (BNPL) financing service that has become very popular and more mainstream over the past couple of years.

You can see a screenshot of the BNPL offering in Alex’s tweet:

Alex asked Paul Nicks, President of the Domains division at GoDaddy, if this option will be expanded to the aftermarket. Paul replied, and said it would happen “soon:”

There are various types of financing and payment plan options available to aftermarket domain name buyers right now. If (or when) GoDaddy begins allowing customers to finance their purchase over time, it will likely be significant for customers who utilize the GoDaddy / Afternic network to sell domain names.

I am sure GoDaddy will share more details with customers when aftermarket domain name buyers can purchase domain names via Klarna BNPL or other financing options.

GoDaddy Automatically Adding Whois Privacy

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In late December, I transferred a few dozen domain names to GoDaddy that had been won at auction. The transfers went off without a hitch, and I didn’t think twice about them. Last week, a DomainTools Registrant Monitor alert email for my company name uncovered a big change at GoDaddy that had not been shared with me nor have I seen any mention of it anywhere. GoDaddy is now adding Whois privacy to (eligible) inbound transfers and new registrations. All of my recent .com transfers and new registrations reflect this change.

For a number of years, GoDaddy has been redacting some contact information from Whois records. On my public Whois records, you could see the domain registrant is Top Notch Domains, LLC, but my address, email address, and phone number were redacted from Whois records. On the domain names I recently transferred to GoDaddy and the domain names I registered this week, the registrant name is now “Domains by Proxy, LLC,” the Whois privacy business operated by GoDaddy.

Incident Report Published for GoDaddy Security Breach

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A little over two weeks ago, a security breach involving GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting accounts, was widely reported. The news received coverage in tech publications like TechCrunch, as well as mainstream publications like Reuters. It was important news considering the breadth of the breach and potential impact it could have on GoDaddy customers and even clients of their customers who use Managed WordPress hosting at GoDaddy.

Since the incident was reported and detailed in a SEC filing by GoDaddy, the company has shared updates on what happened and what the impact has been. The company notified its impacted Managed WordPress hosting clients via email and provided some general advice on what actions their clients should take.

GoDaddy Hiring Marketing Manager for Investor Team

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GoDaddy posted a job listing that might be of interest to someone who is familiar with the domain investment space. GoDaddy is hiring a Marketing Manager who will work on the company’s Domain Registrar and Investor Business Unit. This is a fully remote role for someone in the US or Canada.

Here’s an excerpt from the job listing outlining the position:

Details About New Dashboard from Afternic

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In October, Afternic made a significant upgrade to the user control panel in a beta platform that became available to all sellers. The objective was to integrate some of GoDaddy’s look and feel as well as provide functionality upgrades for Afternic customers. I’ve been toggling back and forth between the beta and classic version, and I think the new platform offers a cleaner look and saves me time making pricing updates.

This afternoon, Afternic unveiled a new dashboard to all customers with added features and enhanced functionality. I have spent a bit of time using the new dashboard, and I think it is a solid upgrade from the classic platform.

I asked a representative from GoDaddy to share what updates were made and are now available, and here’s what I was told:

GCD to Host Webinar on Blockchain Domain Names

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I was chatting with a Chiropractor friend yesterday about domain names. He has been into cryptocurrency trading for several years, and we regularly chat about that despite the fact that my knowledge is generally limited to what I read on my Twitter feed.

Yesterday, my friend asked me about .ETH domain names, and admittedly, I did not know much. He mentioned that he tried to secure one but the gas fee was outrageous. I told him I know very little about the topic beyond the fact that .ETH is not governed by ICANN and you couldn’t easily access a .ETH website. I typed in nic.eth on my phone to show him what I meant, and it returned a Google search rather than a website or error page.

I reiterated that I don’t know much about blockchain domain names and felt badly that I couldn’t share more information with him.

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