Why I Left GoDaddy (and How You Can Too)

When I saw the email in my inbox from GoDaddy titled Your domain expires soon., I just figured it was another scam – some bill for something I’d never purchased in the first place. After all, I would never purposely order something from GoDaddy.

Then I discovered, as I sometimes do, that I was mistaken. I had purchased a dropped domain that was only available through them. I’d like to say no harm done, but it could very well be my $10 that puts another bullet in Bob Parson’s gun.

You see, Bob Parsons, the founder and (former) Godaddy owner and executive likes to hunt elephants. Actually, he likes to kill zebra, water buffalo, and elephants. In some places, shooting an elephant at night would be considered poaching, but I guess not if you’re Bob Parsons.

[As of October, 2018, Bob Parsons has resigned from GoDaddy.]

“I told the ad agency, I want a really well-endowed, good-looking gal in a tight T-shirt, with our name right across her breasts.”


Bob Parsons


A real class act.

Anyway, back to the email. I open it up and read a cute little slogan in the email – Renew it or lose it. Wait, that doesn’t sound right, Bob. Doesn’t the saying go Move it or lose it? Yes.. yes it does. Follow along with me, and I’ll show you how to save money and the entire planet.

How to Ditch GoDaddy

  1. Unlock the domains to be Transferred
  2. Back Up Your Email Messages
  3. Purchase a Transfer at Another Registrar
  4. Stop GoDaddy from Renewing Your Services


Before you transfer your services from GoDaddy, make sure to record the DNS records and make sure emails, site settings, and content are backed up. I only had limited services with them, so this article does not include transferring a site. There are many NameCheap articles on migrating a hosting account, and they also offer fabulous chat support.

Unlock the Domains to be Transferred

Log into your GoDaddy account.

1. Under the Home dashboard of your account, either click the domain to be transferred, or click the Manage All link.

2. Regardless, for each domain name you want transferred, you will have to perform two steps. First, you will have to turn the “Domain lock” off.

3. The next step is to send an unlock code to the email address on GoDaddy records. To do so, click the Get authorization code link.

Within minutes, you should get an email containing something like;

Your authorization code is

Important: There’s a 60-day lock feature that prevents transfers out of GoDaddy any time updates to the First and Last name, Organization name or Email address fields are made for the Registrant contact info set. Updates to any other piece of contact information should not trigger this feature. See this article for more details on updating contact information for domains at GoDaddy.

For cases where the 60-day lock has been placed on a domain name, GoDaddy provides a special process to remove this lock. Contact GoDaddy’s “Review 60” department at review60@secureserver.net to have them review the case and remove the lock, if possible.

There is also a period where your domain hosts will be unreachable. When I made this article, it was a little over an hour and 15 minutes.

Back Up Your Email Messages

If you are using the GoDaddy email service, you can backup your messages by downloading them using Mozilla Thunderbird.

Download Mozilla Thunderbird on your computer. There is a tutorial available from Mozilla including a video.

After the installation is finished, enter your GoDaddy email account credentials and it will automatically detect the server settings and download the messages.

Moving Your Domain Name to NameCheap.

In order for you to transfer your domain name(s), you need somewhere to transfer to. There are several registrars, but I prefer to use NameCheap. I have found their prices to really be the lowest and their support is just unbeatable.

Go to the Create an Account page and sign up. Once that is complete and you’ve confirmed your email account, go ahead and log in.

Click on Domains and then Transfer.

Enter your domain to transfer, or use the Bulk Domains link to transfer multiple domains.

Enter the Authorization Code from the GoDaddy email.

Then follow the process through the cart to pay.

I then received this email from GoDaddy;

I can approve it now? Alright! Let’s hurry this along!

Log back into GoDaddy and click My Products and then Domains. Next click the View Details link.

This will show the Pending Transfers dialog.

This next dialog was like the perfect sunrise – it was gone before I could capture it fully.

Meanwhile, over at NameCheap, I still had a little waiting to do. Arggh! The suspense!

Congratulations! You can now operate your website guilt free! If you have any questions, I would be happy to help you and will even offer free support helping you move your other services!

Stop GoDaddy from Renewing Your Services

Using GoDaddy, it can be difficult to determine just what services you have. To make sure they don’t have their hooks in you their valuable services will not pop up again on your bank statement, you will have to check the product renewals.

You can then see what other services you are subscribed to.

Thanks for reading along and if you need help, please don’t hesitate to ask!


Carl Mann

Full-Stack Developer

Former owner of an I.T. consultancy business in Southampton, NY, Carl gave up the hustle-bustle of I.T. to live his dream of becoming a full-time application developer. When not busy blogging or programming, you might find Carl out taking a ride on his motorcycle or hiking off in some woodland trails.


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