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WHD.usa 2017 – a power-packed, insightful extravaganza for Hosting and Cloud industry

WHD.usa 2017, held at Las Vegas between September 11-12, witnessed a huge gathering of industry leaders and professionals from cloud, hosting and domain industries. The two-day event included various insightful sessions in main.FORUM, networking exchanges through come2gather and some fun and entertainment activities through ConneXion Party with the Lords of Uptime. The Day 1 began with the powerful session on Sharing and Caring – understanding GoDaddy Partner Ecosystem, led by Blake Irving – CEO at GoDaddy, along with Raghu Murthy (SVP, GoDaddy), Jonathan Bryce (Executive Director, OpenStack) and Das Kamhout (Sr. Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation). Blake and his panel of experts discussed about importance of forming effective partnerships and how they can bring better growth and revenu...

GoDaddy Purchases Sucuri to Provide Advanced Digital Security

GoDaddy Inc, the leading provider of cloud to small and independent businesses, made an announcement to acquire security firm Sucuri, a leading name in the website security services. The move is aimed at providing advanced digital security solutions to the customers. While Sucuri will carry-on its regular business operations, GoDaddy plans to extend its security products to its customers. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sucuri is well known for its various disclosures about previously unknown WordPress threats and vulnerabilities including a WordPress REST API Endpoint bug exposed in January by one its researchers. Its research analysis also revealed malicious credit-card scraping code which were injected into many e-commerce modules. Its robust threat response capabili...

“We Are The One Stop Shop For Any SMB or Entrepreneur to Come & Grow Online”- Rajiv Sodhi, GoDaddy

India has over 137 million users million users logged onto the internet, a number big enough to make it the third biggest country in terms of internet users in the world, but still relatively small keeping in perspective the country’s 1.2 billion population. The internet adoption rate in India is growing at a year on year rate of 26%, with small towns and the lower rungs of the economic ladder getting online faster than ever before. This growing internet usage is also changing the way Indian SMBs reach out to their customers. Indian SMBs with a website have 51% higher revenues, 49% more profit, and 7% broader customer bases than their offline-only counterparts, a recent industry report revealed. However, only a 5% of Indian SMBs have a web presence, reflecting a clear lack of skill, ...

dotShabaka Registry is First to Sign new TLD Contract With ICANN For “dotShabaka”

The first agreement between The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global regulator of web addresses  and an applicant to run a new TLD has been signed. ICANN has  entered into a contract with dotShabaka Registry for “dotShabaka” to become the world’s first Arabic new Top-Level Domain (TLD). The Shabaka. domain name extension marks a meaningful change for the Arabic Internet, with tremendous opportunities for new businesses to grow and flourish in the Arabic language. This partnership between our two companies is in line with our strategy to expand the GoDaddy brand into international markets and is a significant step in the Internet’s evolution. – Blake Irving, CEO, GoDaddy. Shabaka., a domain name for those who want  an Arabic online presence, is part ...

“.CO Provides Much More Value Than Just a Domain Name,” – Lori Anne Wardi, .CO Internet

I remember being very apathetical when the new generic top level domain (gTLD) application system opened on January 12, 2012. With the exception of .CO, new gTLD launches of the past like Biz, Info, Travel, Mobi, etc. had failed to marginalize .COM’s dominant position and there was no reason to think otherwise for the forthcoming ones. I’ve been proven wrong overtime. The industry has shown great interest in the new gTLDs. With as many as 1930 applications received by the ICANN, the new gTLDs are touted to be the next big thing in the domain arena. Their journey once they hit the market will be a very interesting one to watch; some of them’ll be successful and some won’t. But I genuinely doubt if any one of them will be able to have as big an impact as .CO has. The only e...

Premium Two-Character .CO Domain Names Now Available Through GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket

.CO Registry’s  two-character premium .CO domain names portfolio, which until now was reserved by the registry, is now listed for sale with GoDaddy. SMBs and global businesses now have access to approximately 1100  two-character .CO domain names through GoDaddy’s Aftermarket, and soon-to-be via the domain availability check on the front of the website. The domain names listed on GoDaddy’s platform include #L (5x.co), L#, ## and LL (dr.co) combinations priced in range of $10,000 to $100,000. Interested customers can visit GoDaddy Aftermarket, search their desired two-character premium .CO domain name and purchase it with a credit card transaction. Until now, the .CO Registry was singular point of contact for the sale and management of these two-character domain names. The regist...

Mr. Rajiv Sodhi, MD, GoDaddy India Launches “GoDaddy India Partner program” at WHD.India 2013

The session titled “Winning in India – Creating new markets and seizing opportunities,” at WHD.India 2013 saw Mr. Rajiv Sodhi, Vice President and Managing Director, Go Daddy taking an interactive approach to show how GoDaddy India has grown in India since its inception here almost an year back. We’re bringing our Global Infrastructure to India so that SMBs here can build a successful online aspect of their business, whether they are a one-person operation or a bigger, established company. We’re confident that we’re winning in India and we’re winning India. – Rajiv Sodhi, MD, GoDaddy India. Going for a quiz, he asked attendees to answer what some numbers showed on the screen depicted; like “90,000”  being the number of  calls GoDaddy India Cus...

GoDaddy Launches ‘Cup of Coffee’ Campaign in India to Help SMBs Easily Establish a Web Presence

In a move to spread awareness among Indian SMBs and entrepreneurs about importance of online presence and how convenient, fast and cost-effective  it is to build a website, GoDaddy has launched a ‘Cup of Coffee’ campaign in India. While India represents a huge opportunity for GoDaddy, there is a clear industry need to undertake initiatives that expand the overall market in India and that’s the reason behind this campaign. – Rajiv Sodhi, VP and MD, GoDaddy India. The news comes mere two days after GoDaddy announced partnership with Locu to offer specialized websites for Restaurants. Titled ‘Get a Web presence in the time you finish a cup of coffee,’ the campaign running simultaneously in New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad will have GoDaddy mobile-experience-zone positioned at  various SMB clus...

GoDaddy to Launch Specialized Restaurant Websites in Partnership with Locu

A few weeks celebrating Web Professionals’ Day with World Organization of Webmasters, GoDaddy has announced partnership with Locu for integrating its Website Builder with functionalities as needed by restaurants. Locu offers menu-management with  a great variety of menus from all over the U.S. pre-loaded into their database. The menu manager removes the task of manually entering the menu items. With menu manager, a particular restaurant can claim the menu as needed and set prices, change descriptions and add photos of their meals. As per GoDaddy’s official press release, if a restaurant is brand new or Locu has not collected their menu, the automatic conversion of a document, pdf or image of a menu quickly enables users to have an SEO-rich menu online. Restaurants can print menus on ...

Go Daddy Now Controls Storage Costs And Optimizes Service Delivery Using SwiftTest

SwiftTest Inc., the leader in storage validation, today announced that Go Daddy, the Web’s top platform for small businesses, is using its technology to help control storage costs and optimize service delivery. With SwiftTest, the world’s largest website hosting provider is now free to innovate with the latest storage technologies while saving money and improving performance. Go Daddy’s storage team manages a hefty (28 Petabytes) and rapidly growing storage infrastructure with 99.999% uptime in a storage-as-a-service model. The team faces the constant challenge of innovating to improve service delivery and to reduce costs. Having the ability to validate innovations prior to deployment in production was a critical requirement for Go Daddy, as “testing in production” with live customers was ...

Five Tips for Small Company Websites from OfficeMax and Go Daddy

Global internet traffic is projected to quadruple by 2015 (1), so creating a website has never been more important for small business success. Yet surprisingly, 75% of U.S. businesses still lack a website (2). For those ready to go virtual, OfficeMax and Go Daddy have teamed up to share some tips for planning and launching a business website. And, after a little inspiration, OfficeMax is offering a great deal on a Go Daddy website bundle to get you started. Through Feb. 16, OfficeMax stores nationwide are offering $20 OFF on a Go Daddy business website bundle that includes a domain name, Premium Website Builder, search engine visibility, 999 pages, online storage and five email addresses for $159.99, regularly priced at $179.99 (3). Five Tips for Your First Company Website from OfficeMax &...

Go Daddy Buys M.dot, A Mobile Website-Building Application

Go Daddy, the Web’s leading platform for small businesses, who very recently aired two titillating Super Bowl ads, one pushing .CO domain starring Danica Patrick and another titled ‘Perfect Match’ which  featured a 20 second intense lip-lock between supermodel Bar Refaeli and actor Jesse Heiman, has acquired M.dot Inc., the leading mobile app for small business website creation and management. The addition of M.dot to Go Daddy’s extensive product offerings gives Go Daddy’s 11 million customers an easy way to create and manage compelling mobile websites right from their smartphones. Financial terms of the M.dot acquisition have not been disclosed. “We’re pleased to welcome M.dot to our growing Go Daddy family,” said Blake Irving, CEO,  Go Daddy, who made the formal announcement ...

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