You may have noticed connection issues to websites such as ghacks.net and thousands of others in the past couple of hours. Responsibility for this has been claimed by a Twitter user associated with Anonymous. Fact is, the main Godaddy website and DNS servers are down, affecting sites that are hosted by Godaddy and domains that use Godaddy as their DNS provider (we are one of them).
The main godaddy.com website was offline for some time and the only source of information about the issue were available on Twitter and other social networking sites. Godaddy has managed to upload a static page to their main domain explaining to customers that the company is currently experiencing problems and working "to restore all sites affected".
Twitter, Facebook and Google+ are buzzing with activity; webmasters are venting, customers and site visitors are irritated, and other webmasters and networks post story after story to benefit from the situation as much as possible.
The issue here is that even if you wanted to change right now, you can't as Godaddy's domain management pages are not accessible as well. Webmasters affected by the issue can do nothing but wait and sit this one out and hope for the best.
When Godaddy is up again, there will certainly be some who will switch hosting providers because of it. But if an attack has caused this, there is no guarantee that the new hosting provider is not the next one on the target list.
Here is what I plan to research once servers get back online. I'd like to separate the domain hosting from the DNS service, which are both currently maintained by Godaddy. I will have to do some research first to find a third party DNS provider that is offering great response times and does not cost a fortune. If you have a tip in this regard let me know in the comments please.
I'm also considering moving some domains over to Namecheap which offer a discount right now, honor the renewal data and add a free year on top of that. Again, I'm open to suggestions so fire away.
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