GoDaddy was founded in 1997 by the entrepreneur Bob Parsons in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1994 Parsons sold his Parsons Technology financial information services company to Intuit for $65 million.
He left his 1997 retirement to launch Jomax Technologies which became GoDaddy Group Inc. GoDaddy received a strategic investment from private equity firms, KKR, Silver Lake and Crossover Vent Technology
A group of Jomax Technologies employees were brainstorming in
1999, and agreed to change the name of the company.
One employee asked, "What about Big Daddy?" But the domain name had already been bought, so Parsons responded, "How about Go Daddy?" The name was open, so he bought it. Parsons said the company was stuck with the name because it made people smile and remember.
Shortly after Network Solutions was no longer the only place to register a domain in 2001, GoDaddy became around the same size as the Dotster rivals and GoDaddy was the biggest ICANN-accredited registrar on the Internet in April 2005.
GoDaddy is by market share the largest web host in the world, with over 62 million registered domains as of 2018. Amazon Web Services (AWS) revealed in March 2018 that GoDaddy is moving the
vast majority of its technology to AWS as part of a multiannual transition.
GoDaddy introduced professional golfer Anna Rawson in March 2009. Russian resident Marina Orlova also became a defender in August 2009. In 2010 GoDaddy added Jillian Michaels as a GoDaddy advocate to personal trainer. Michaels ' role as coach on the
NBC series, "The Biggest Loser," is well known.
In 2005 GoDaddy began advertising in the Super Bowl. The organization has also extended its promotions to include sponsorships for the sport. GoDaddy was also co-sponsor of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, held in England and Wales.
Super Bowl advertisements
GoDaddy's 2007 Super Bowl XLI commercial was described as "cheesy" in The New York Times; in the National Review as "raunchy, ' Girls-Gone-Wild ' style; and Barbara Lippert's" just sad "in Adweek, who gave the commercial a" D "grade This increase was related to GoDaddy's" Breaking "promotional screening. CEO Bob Parsons said GoDaddy had earned "a huge rise in web traffic, the spike maintained. In 2013, in an effort to boost its brand identity, GoDaddy stepped away from salacious promotional activities.
In 2016, GoDaddy did not advertise for the first time in over a decade during the Super Bowl, but returned in 2017 with their advertisement called "The Internet Wants You."
Backing of SOPA and resultant boycott
A thread on the social news website Reddit was released on December 22, 2011, debating the identities of proponents of the US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which included GoDaddy.
GoDaddy subsequently issued additional declarations endorsing SOPA. A boycott was suggestedand domain transfer was suggested.
It soon spread across the Internet, gained popularity, and was
followed on 29 December 2011 by a proposed GoDaddy Boycott Day.
Suspension of Seclists.org and purchase of No Daddy
On January 24, 2007, GoDaddy deactivated the computer security site domain Seclists.org, taking 250,000 pages of offline security material. The shutdown resulted from a complaint from MySpace to GoDaddy regarding 56,000 user names and passwords posted to the full-disclosure mailing list a week earlier and archived on the Seclists.org site as well as several other websites.
Shutdown of RateMyCop.com
GoDaddy shut down RateMyCop.com on March 11, 2008—a RateMyProfessors-type site where individuals can comment about their encounters with law enforcement officers. Some media have said
there have been police concerns. A spokesman for GoDaddy said, "Actually, he paid for a small car, when he really wanted a semi-truck."]The name registrar, Name.com, refused to allow the DNS to clear, and it is now hosted at Lunarpages. GoDaddy claimed that the reason for closing down the website had nothing to do withcensorship or concerns but that the website received too many simultaneous connections. In 2006 GoDaddy locked access to the RateYourSolicitor.com website in Ireland.
Deletion of FamilyAlbum.com
On December 19, 2006, GoDaddy received a complaint from a third party about invalid domain contact information in the WHOIS domain database FamilyAlbum.com. GoDaddy wrote a letter to the owner
of FamilyAlbum.com saying, "Whenever we receive a complaint, ICANN regulations allow us to launch an inquiry as to whether the contact data shown in the WHOIS database is legitimate or not.
Implementation of Selective DNS Blackout policy
GoDaddy implemented a policy in July 2011 to block DNS queries from certain outside DNS servers, in order to avoid other DNS queries from being too late. This prevents, among other things, certain bots from accessing websites, forcing other search engines to remove domains hosted with GoDaddy.
Super Bowl XLIX Puppy Ad
Blake Irving, CEO of GoDaddy, wrote a blog later that
day saying the commercial would not air during the Super Bowl.
He wrote on his blog "At the end of the day, our mission at GoDaddy is to help small businesses around the world create a positive online presence. We hoped our ad would raise awareness of
that cause. But, we underestimated the emotional response, and we heard it loud and clear." He goes on to state that Buddy was bought by a respectable breeder and is part of the GoDaddy family as Chief.