How to Switch Your Domain Name from GoDaddy to HostGator for FREE!
I learned a few things during the big game last night.
- I yell too loudly during sports and it is best that I am a once a year observer.
- I think Twitter is a lot of fun during a blackout.
- I miss Paul Harvey
- I am done with GoDaddy and their suggestive ads. I’m done sending them money every year for my domain name renewals.
About two years ago I switched my hosting company to HostGator. I was tired of a difficult to use interface, no access to my cPanel, and spotty service. My move to HostGator was seamless and they even did the legwork for me! The few times I’ve had issues with my website they were super easy to deal with in a live chat situation. They have even diagnosed sluggish scripts on my site. . .all for my low hosting fee!
So, last night I was fed up. That other company has had sleazy ads for a long time and I put up with them because I had paid for my domain name registration years in advance and they happened to be cheapest (you get what you pay for!). Last night’s ad crossed the line (and I am hardly a prude).
So, when I have a problem and need solutions I do what every blogger does. . .I asked the Twitterverse for advice!
— HostGator (@hostgator) February 4, 2013
And, as usual, HostGator was right there to offer support. . .and to remind me that every hosting account comes with a free domain name transfer! Not only is it a free transfer, but they throw in an additional year of registration in addition! How cool is that!
Today I sat down to do the tedious job. I expected a DNS transfer to be difficult. But it was easy as pie. Snappy the Gator likes it that way! I simply clicked on the link from the tweet and followed the easy as pie directions. The most difficult part was remembering my passwords (not to worry, I now have them written in my password notebook. . .everyone should have one!). After I filed out my transfer form for Dakotapam.com I saw that I can transfer other domains to HostGator for a low $7.95/ domain name transfer fee. . .and they will throw in the additional twelve months with those as well.
I have a few more domains to figure out what I am doing with them, and one I may even try my hand at selling, but my ultimate goal is to never give GoDaddy any of my money again.