Unless you don’t use the Internet or haven’t seen the news in a while, you should be mildly familiar with the Stop Online Piracy Act, nicknamed (and #hashtagged) SOPA. Essentially, the Government is trying to put in to place measures that will allow a ISPs to block a domain at will – gross oversimplification, of course, but this isn’t an article about SOPA.
Since it’s inception, GoDaddy has been a strong supporter (and recent contributor) to the wording and legislation around SOPA. To me, these are acts that I can’t support, so I’m taking my business elsewhere. I’ve registered a few domains with them over the year as well as purchased an SSL certificate, and pending right now, I’m moving them over to Namecheap. They came strongly recommended by the hivemind at reddit, publicly display their disapproval and stance on SOPA, and even had a promotion – byebyegd – for anyone leaving GoDaddy (or anyone at all).
Will a measly 10 domains make a difference to GoDaddy? Probably not, but as of yesterday, they had lost 70,000+. And isn’t the basic idea behind capitalism the ability to vote with my dollar? They probably won’t close their virtual doors because of this, but they will be shy a few dollars every year come renewal.
The nice thing for me is that I am finally consolidating my domains and taking a solid inventory of the mess I’ve made of my domains and web presence over the last few years. As of a few days from now, all of my domains will have the same renewal date, and I will have a solid list of which domain is where. I may even come up with a Mac app out of this to manage it all going forward. Wouldn’t that be something?
Oh yeah, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!