Why GoDaddy sucks.

I’ve been working on  a managing a site for a client. Actually, a whole bunch of sites. And, as luck would have it, she uses GoDaddy to manage her domain registrations.

Well, when some of her sites expired, GoDaddy put up their “Expired holding page”- no problem, but when she renewed all the domains – they didn’t revert to her nameservers- it still showed GoDaddy’s holding page. Bad.

So, I had to go into GoDaddy’s admin pages from hell. Not only is the interface worse than an IRS tax form- the site is slower than an 8086 processor in a core duo world.

I’ve used Bulk register for years- but they just got bought by enom, even so, on their worst day they are a pleasure to use compared to GoDaddy.

Which is really too bad- because back in the early days of competitive registrars- GoDaddy was one of the better ones. Now, they are right up there with Network Solutions as an avoid at all costs domain registrar.

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Cooliris Previews plugin for Firefox

The first thing we tell people is to get the Firefox browser to replace Microsoft Internet Explorer- it’s free, and it can do everything IE can do- plus a whole lot more. With Firefox 2.0 you get spell check in web forms- great for WordPress (pre 2.1- since 2.1 will have spell check)- and of course, RSS.

I just installed the Cooliris extension- and it’s way cool:

Cooliris Previews – Discover More…
Cooliris Previews is software that lets you view links without having to click or leave the page you are on. Previews makes it easy to navigate through multiple links quickly and easily.

It gives you a way to look at links to sites- without actually loading the site- but, it also does a whole bunch of other things- like look up words you don’t know in the free dictionary, wikipedia, or google. It works in the same way Google maps work- by pre-caching the links you may click on. I’m not sure how this will affect performance yet- but, for right now- I think Cooliris previews is the cat’s pajamas.

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Want to look at the blogging landscape?

Found this very long, but insightful piece on Blog systems compared, and using blog tools to manage a starter website. The key is being able to put you in control of your site- not some geek.

Bop on over to this informative article- it’s long, but useful.

Weblog Tools Collection » Blogging: The Not-So-New Trend

Probably thanks to MySpace’s confused contribution to the world, these days even “normal” people have heard of blogging. Blogging allows amateurs to freely publish information and manage sophisticated online, two-way communication with readers around the world.But, blogging isn’t just for geeks and aspiring musicians anymore. Businesses have jumped on the bandwagon and use blogging as a fluid way to gauge and manage customer sentiment.

Blogs also tend to be a compliment – and in some cases a complete replacement – to traditional online customer support.

So how can blogging help your business?
Use A Blog For Your First Website

While blogs are often only one aspect of a company’s web presence, I’ve noticed another pleasant trend: blogs as a starting point for businesses. Despite the lack of structure – or maybe because of it – blogging is helping expand website creation beyond its techie origins.

Blogs are making it easier for non-technical people to get involved.

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Remember, once your site is built in a database, it can be transported into other more sophisticated site management tools easily- a hard coded site cannot. You also have the opportunity to deliver your content on cell phones- or change the look of your site with the push of a button- but best of all, you can get to the top of search if you’ve taken our Websitetology seminar.

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