In a major shakeup to the Web hosting landscape, GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar and Web hosting provider, has acquired Media Temple. Media Temple offers tools similar to GoDaddy’s for domain registration, Web hosting, business applications, virtual servers and other cloud services that support over 1.5 million websites and 125,000 customers.
GoDaddy is already one of the internet‘s largest platforms; before today, the company powered small businesses with more than 12 million customers with 55 million domains under management. The acquisition of Media Temple should further increase these numbers.
Media Temple Now Part of GoDaddy
Media Temple is a solid Web hosting service with a positive reputation, and is used by many businesses, including DashBurst. GoDaddy, on the other hand, has been in hot water lately due to its unpopular position toward the Stop Online Piracy Act, which lead to people accusing the Web hosting service of blocking those protesting GoDaddy’s stance from transferring their domains to other services. With GoDaddy’s cryptic domain renewal policies, hidden fees and horrific customer service tales, the company has become a symbol of corporate greed to many internet users.
When I heard this news several minutes ago, I was far from excited. And my concerns about our new website host are not an isolated case.
Reactions to the GoDaddy Media Temple Acquisition
— GoDaddy (@GoDaddy) October 15, 2013
So GoDaddy just bought Media Temple… just another good reason not to use either ever again
— Tom Schlick (@tomschlick) October 15, 2013
Despite our common fears, Media Temple Co-foudner Demian Sellfors has assured customers that Media Temple will continue to act as an independent company entity without changing anyone’s service. He said:
We will continue operating as an independent and autonomous company and our mission will remain unchanged. However, new investments from GoDaddy will provide us the necessary resources to strengthen our focus on Web professionals and will help accelerate our plans to expand internationally… Our customers should not experience any changes to their service levels, pricing or the expert support we are known for. We’re not moving our servers, and the phone number is not changing. We will remain in Los Angeles and will stay committed to being the most amazing hosting provider possible. In all seriousness, our mission to host great ideas feels like it’s just getting started!”
Are you a Media Temple customer? Do you think this acquisition will allow the company to improve your service, or are you headed for the nearest exit?