We Really Don’t Know How Many Domains Go Daddy Has Lost

Posted by on December 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm

First let me say, I don’t like Go Daddy and I also work at a hosting company so they are a competitor. That being said I’ve see tech news websites writing about how many thousands of domains Go Daddy has lost today or this week. The truth is we don’t really know how many they have lost, check this out.

If you don’t know whats going on here is a quick run down. SOPA is a bill that is going through congress right now, it’s bad, we at FleshEatingZipper are completely against it. Go Daddy is one of the supporters of SOPA, that bad bill, and there was an idea to boycott Go Daddy to help change their position that started on reddit. Jimmy Wales said Wikipedia is transferring their domain away from Go Daddy. Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger (I Can Has Cheezburger) said he is going to move their 1,000+ domains from Go Daddy.

Go Daddy originally came out saying that they “received some emails that appear to stem from the boycott prompt, but we have not seen any impact to our business.” This stirred up the pot and was looked at like they were challenging the internet to hurt their business. Only a couple of hours later Go Daddy’s new CEO, Warren Adelman, said about SOPA “It’s very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it.” The damage has already been done.

Back to how many domains Go Daddy has lost. Everyone is using a site called Daily Changes that tracks nameserver changes, key word is nameserver. Lets talk about how domains work. You buy a domain from a registrar, in order for that domain to work it needs to be pointed to a DNS server. You do this by changing the nameservers. Go Daddy is a domain registrar that also give you DNS hosting if you would like to use it.

This site is tracking how many domains use Go Daddy as a DNS host and if the DNS changes. I can have a domain registered through Go Daddy and change the nameservers to something else and Daily Changes would count that as a transfer out EVEN THOUGH the domain is still registered at Go Daddy. If Ben Huh were to transfer his 1,000+ domains Daily Changes wouldn’t even count that because Ben Huh is not using Go Daddy as their DNS host, same thing with Wikipedia. You may think, when you transfer a domain the DNS would change also, making Daily Changes completely accurate, right? No that is silly, why would you want that info to change, your website would go down.

All I ask is please don’t throw number around that we can’t verify, people may think we have already won and back off, we don’t need that, we need to keep fighting back!

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