February 21, 2005 (HOSTSEARCH.COM) GoDaddy.com is stepping ahead of the curve again. Yesterday the domain registrar announced that it will issue its Turbo SSL Certificate to bona-fide open source software projects -- at no cost. The company recently made waves by featuring scantily clad model Candice Michelle aka Nikki Capelli in a Super Bowl ad that poked fun at both censorship and the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction. Critics didnt take kindly to the commercials treatment of women or notice that it was satirical as the second airing of the commercial during the Super Bowl was pulled at the NFLs request.
"We are a big supporter of the open source community," added Bob Parsons, president and founder of The Go Daddy Group, Inc., recently named the fastest growing technology company (ranked # 8 overall) on the Inc. 500 List of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies. "Go Daddy offers numerous open source software applications in conjunction with our hosting plans, specifically, blogging, image galleries, content management and more. We will augment these offerings in the coming months."
Go Daddy has already issued its first free SSL Certificate to binarycloud, an open source project focused on application framework and development environments for creating large-scale PHP applications. The Turbo SSL certificates which Go Daddy will issue to open source projects -- a $29.95 value -- are issued within minutes, have 99% browser recognition, and provide 128-bit Web server security -- the highest level of encryption available on the market today. Learn more about Go Daddy's no-charge initiative for the open source community at https://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/ssl/ssl_opensource.asp
Go Daddy SSL certificates offer businesses and individuals a higher level of security and privacy than typical Internet sites for online transactions.
So many companies follow a rote system with CEOs who talk like they are coming from a PR clone factory but Bob Parsons is running Go Daddy the old way, the American way. He is driving his business by out innovating and out thinking the competition. Its nice to see this kind of charitable and open attitude from a company as well rather than one based on paranoia of alienating the lowest common denominator that seems so prevalent in corporate America.