During the final days of 2011, web host provider HostGator joined the party of companies trying to lure away GoDaddy customers with special deals meant to take advantage of customer backlash against GoDaddy’s SOPA support. And while tens of thousands of domains were transferred out of GoDaddy, official numbers from DailyChanges claims that for every domain transferred out, two transferred in. It doesn’t appear that the promotional tactics of competitors has hurt GoDaddy’s business in any way.
That said, HostGator’s 50% off sale, which is offering through January on shared hosting, VPS hosting, and reseller services, should help them at least in the short term. But the offer is only good for the first month of services and probably won’t be extended beyond January. For all practical purposes it will be a non-factor in the SOPA argument.
Cloud services provider Centuric is offering a special US $3.99 fee for all domain transfers in January, noting they will donate one dollar from every completed transfer to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In addition, they’re also reducing the cost of their deluxe hosting plan by 33% for a limited time.
Across the pond, WebHostUK has continued its Christmas promotion into January, providing a 20% discount on all of their available services. They are joined by a handful of other companies offering discounts of anywhere between 25% and 50% through the end of the month. Consumers should be careful to pay attention to the fine print before signing up for one of the special promotional deals, since most of them offer the discounts only for a limited time and only on certain services.