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Godaddy.com’s Quick Blogcast: Total Ripoff

August 26, 2008

For those that remember the first version of this blog, it was hosted with godaddy.com using their Quick Blogcast Service.  Now I am at wordpress.com, and I have never looked back.  My reason for going with Godaddy was simple.  It costs a few bucks a month, so I assumed it would be much more solid than all of the free versions out there.  Boy was I wrong.  How does Quick Blogcast come up short?  Let me count the ways:

1.  SPAM, SPAM, and more SPAM. I got (at least!) 10 SPAM Trackbacks a day for zoo sex, cialis, or something else revolting.  When I finally had enough, I sent an email to support, and this was their reply:

Dear Jarrod Morgan,

Thank you for contacting online support.  You will need to ban IP addresses for the creator of the trackback to be prevented from creating new trackbacks from that IP.

Blocking and Allowing IP Addresses in Quick Blogcast
Managing Trackbacks in Quick Blogcast

Please let us know if we can help you in any other way.

Excuse me?  Ban IP addresses?  Why, your exactly right!  Surely this is a fool proof way to foil spammers!!

What is this, 1998?  Blocking an IP address will do absolutely nothing, especially since they all come from different addresses, and spammers are not likely to use the same one again anyway.

2. Clunky design. After using wordpress and it’s easy interface, I don’t understand why I suffered through the poorly designed flash that godaddy uses.  It has strange pauses, and it generally takes 3 or 4 steps to log in and post something.  While that doesn’t seem like a lot, it really discourages spontaneous blog posts (like this one).

3. Strange Characters. Very often, an apostrophe or some other character will look fine in the window where I am entering in a new entry.  But upon publish it turns to gibberish in the RSS feeds, making me look like I don’t know what I am doing.

Lastly, let me say this.  Godaddy on the whole is a solid company.  I really admire Bob Parsons, the founder and personality behind the company.  He is innovative in his marketing, and took a very sleazy industry (web hosting and domain names) and became the #1 brand name by treating customers ethically.  He even made godaddy a safe haven for people who were scammed by registerfly.  Heck, I even have a poster of his 16 Rules for Life and Business hanging in my home office (it’s very inspirational, if you haven’t before, go read it).

This is just one product that they completely missed on.

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3 comments

  1. You are so right! I had a quickblog with godaddy and it sucked! the templates were terrible and allowed for very little customization. The only reason it is still up is because I was trying to export my old entries and comments from it into my new WordPress blog. But I’ll just end up copying them one by one ….


  2. I was able to port my old blog entries over when I set up this wordpress blog. The only trick is that wordpress automatically sets them to “draft” status, so I had to go into each one and hit publish. There may be a better way, but that is what I did.


  3. OK, so godaddy’s not the way to go. But how does wordpress work? (And I’m an aspiring rookie here, so forgive me.) Do you need to register a domain name, then pay somebody to host your site, then use wordpress’s software to publish? And what about ads. Being optimistic here, if I ever got enough hits to sell some advertising through adsense or directly, would wordpress (or somebody else) take a cut?

    Thanks dude–cool little site,
    Matt



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