So I bought a few sites the other day, and today I finally had a little time to get everything transferred. The domains were registered over at GoDaddy and I had to change all the nameservers to point at my Bluehost hosting. I changed the nameservers for the first domain in GoDaddy and opened up my hosting cpanel in another window and attempted to try to set up the domain with the hosting. For about 5 minutes I kept getting a message that the nameservers were still set to the old hosting. I figured it was nothing out of the ordinary, because it can take some time on occasion for the update to take place. I started doing something else figuring I would wait a few more miuntes, and 5 or 10 minutes later I happend to check back on the GoDaddy tab I had started out on, and I was surprised to see the following popup:
If you don’t feel like enlarging the image to see what it says, here’s the jist of it. It’s an attempt by GoDaddy to sell you their own hosting plan instead of you switching the nameservers to your desired hosting plan. This is so flawed for a few reasons. For one thing, most people who know enough to change their nameservers probably are not doing a lot of hosting with GoDaddy. Secondly, if you’re already changing your nameservers, you must already have a hosting plan for the domain you’re about to be updating the nameservers for. Last, it’s the most annoying thing ever. I proceeded to find out that they actually use this popup message EVERY single time you update your nameservers, so I had to go through the same popup 6 times in a row today. You would think they would have the courtesy of adding some kind of cookie that will turn the stupid message off after you click “no” a few times, or at least display the popup intermittantly or something. Last but not least, the icing on the cake, at least for me, is that they have the audacity to start the popup with their “Deluxe” plan selected, instead of the more affordable Economy plan.
It’s really not that big of a deal, but this stuff always gets under my skin and I think it’s soooo annoying that they feel the need to display the popup every single time you update any nameservers within your account.
Just one more reason why you should really look at other alternatives to registering your domains and hosting at GoDaddy.