Web Hosting Provider Go Daddy Issues Nearly 50 Percent of Net New SSL Certificates

January 14, 2011
January 14, 2011 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – According to yesterday's report issued from Netcraft Ltd., a leading industry analyst, Go Daddy now issues approximately 50 percent of net new SSL certificates. The report also cited "strong progress" for Go Daddy's Extended Validation SSL certificates, which more than doubled in market share over the past year, rising from 4.2 percent to 9 percent.

Go Daddy's growth rate can be tied to its core principles - easy-to-use products at affordable prices, with unparalleled 24/7 customer support. While the premise seems simple, many certificate authorities are unable to incorporate these values into their products.

Even after one certificate authority dropped their Extended Validation Certificate prices, their rates are still three times more than Go Daddy's Standard SSL Certificates. In fact, their lowest-priced offering is still more expensive than Go Daddy's top-of-the-line Extended Validation Certificate. In addition to the higher cost for identical certificates, the company charges users 10 dollars to be able to speak with customer support - and only during limited business hours.

"It's almost laughable! Symantec, who purchased VeriSign's SSL division, boasts about how they've 'slashed' prices, but their cert is still three times the price of a Go Daddy cert," Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons pointed out. "Our certs do the same thing, plus Go Daddy's world class service is every bit as good as their paid service and unlike theirs, our telephone service is available 24 hours a day, free of charge. Of course our market share is growing!"

Maybe it's this simple philosophy that has guided Go Daddy's dominance in the SSL industry - out gaining everyone in net new SSL certificates for 24 of the past 27 months.

Go Daddy EV SSL Certificates are used by many business owners who want to provide reassurance to their customers, protecting any financial transactions or personal data transmitted via their company website. Go Daddy SSL Certificates offer the same functionality and identical top-notch security as those offered by higher-priced competitors - but for a fraction of the cost.

Brandon Abbey is President and Managing Director of Escrow.com, one of the many businesses that depend on Go Daddy's EV SSL Certificates to ensure a safe experience for their online customers. Abbey's company provides secure escrow services for consumer and business transactions on the Internet.

"Escrow.com is a business built on the basis of trust. That is why we chose an Extended Validation certificate from Go Daddy," Abbey said. "We wanted the best possible support and the highest security available at the best price. We got everything we needed from GoDaddy.com."

In addition to the price and service advantages, Go Daddy's EV SSL Certificates include an unlimited server license - only one EV SSL certificate is needed "per domain," not "per server" like others. This can save Go Daddy customers significant time and money - potentially thousands of dollars - while allowing them to focus on the business of serving their customers.

Along with visual reassurance through the "https" prefix and padlock icon, Go Daddy EV SSL Certificates also provide a green address bar or similar indicator, letting a site's visitors know the company has passed the stringent vetting process. Customers also have the added bonus of securing their site instantly with a standard SSL certificate, which provides 'peace of mind' during the EV SSL certificate verification process.

About The Go Daddy Group, Inc.

Go Daddy is a leading provider of services that enable individuals and businesses to establish, maintain and evolve an online presence. Go Daddy provides a variety of domain name registration plans and website design and hosting packages, as well as a broad array of on-demand services. These include products such as SSL Certificates, Domains by Proxy private registration, ecommerce website hosting, blog templates and blog software, podcast packages and online photo hosting. The Go Daddy Group has more than 45 million domain names under management. Go Daddy registers, renews or transfers a domain name every second.

GoDaddy.com is the world's largest Web hosting provider and is the world's No. 1 domain name registrar according to Name Intelligence, Inc. During the first half of 2010, The Go Daddy Group registered more than one-third of all new domain names created in the top six generic top-level domains, or gTLDs, including .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz and .mobi.

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