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February 12, 2006 by debbie T | InternetWeb Development

Since hearing about Godaddy’s deal to include free (ad-supported) web space with every purchased domain name, I was curious.

So, tonight I registered a new domain after I found a coupon for $6.95 domains at http://www.couponcraze.com/coupons/godaddy/

It only cost $7.20, after the ICANN fee, so I figured I couldn’t lose.

For web newbies, it could be confusing to find the details of how to get your free hosting space (it isn’t set up automatically,) but their help page should explain the procedure.

I was offered a choice of Linux or Windows servers. (I chose Linux.) They also offer PHP support, but I am not sure if there are limits to use only their pre-approved scripts.

I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of space they were giving away. 5 GB (5,000 MB) of file space and 250 GB (250,000 MB) of bandwidth (data transfer). This seems almost too good to be true, and I am not sure how they would feel if someone was using all that bandwidth to host a popular podcast. Would they be shut off even if they stayed within the limits? I noticed in their terms of service that the user is responsible for excessive overloading and that the site could be shut down (temporarily or permanently) if the load threatens the stability of its network.

If You are hosting Your web site on Go Daddy’s servers, You are responsible for ensuring that there is no excessive overloading on Go Daddy’s DNS or servers. In the event that You exceed Your allotted bandwidth and thereby overload Go Daddy ‘s DNS or servers, You shall be assessed any and all fees, costs and penalties associated with such overloading. You may not use Go Daddy ‘s servers and Your web site as a source, intermediary, reply to address, or destination address for mail bombs, Internet packet flooding, packet corruption, denial of service, or other abusive activities. Server hacking or other perpetration of security breaches is prohibited and Go Daddy reserves the right to remove sites that contain information about hacking or links to such information. Use of your web site as an anonymous gateway is prohibited. Go Daddy prohibits the use of software or scripts run on its servers that cause the server to load beyond a reasonable level, as determined by Go Daddy . You agree that Go Daddy reserves the right to remove Your web site temporarily or permanently from its hosting servers if Go Daddy is the recipient of activities that threaten the stability of its network. Further, if You are using ad-supported hosting, You acknowledge and agree that Go Daddy has the right to terminate Your Services in its sole discretion and for any reason, including, but not limited to, Your failure or unwillingness to comply with the terms and limitations of this Agreement, specifically, the content and material restrictions set forth in this Agreement.

Initially, after signing up, I was informed it could take 24 hours for the account to become active, but in less than a half hour, my account was up. Pretty good, Godaddy!

I received a Welcome email explaining my FTP information, and I quickly signed on and uploaded a index.html page. I was dying to check out the source code for validation purposes.

Eeek, validation is not possible with their added advertising coding; just like GeoCities, Godaddy adds a line of closing tags at the end of the </html> tag and before their javaScript.

</object></layer></span></div></table></body></html>

Perhaps missing tags in the users coding can alter the advertising placement, so they must insure that all important block-level tags are closed. Truthfully, the added code isn’t too obtrusive; Tripod and some other free hosts are much worse.

I think this is a perfect way to get started with a web site. Since you retain ownership of your domain name, you can move it to a new host at anytime, and never lose your web site address. This wouldn’t be possible with other free accounts like GeoCities, Tripod, or FreeWebs. Oh, and to be honest, I wouldn’t normally recommend GoDaddy as a “pay” hosting provider. Once you are ready to pay for hosting, browse the forums at http://www.webhostingtalk.com and you will find lots of good hosting choices.

There are 68 comments

  1. Hi guys,
    I really don’t understand where I have to add …..in which document?
    Maybe I have to add it at the end of the index.html file with bbedit?
    Thanks a lot

    Comment by John on October 27th, 2008
  2. Hi guys, I really don’t understand where I have to add <.noscript> code…..in which document? Maybe I have to add it at the end of the index.html file with bbedit? Thanks a lot

    Comment by John on October 27th, 2008
  3. aaaaaaaa I’ve got it!!!! Thanks a lot!!!

    The only thing…I have a counter shinystat on my index…why it doesn’t works? How can i do?

    Comment by John on October 27th, 2008
  4. I used the info from post 40, it works fine. Thanks!

    Comment by ejly on November 9th, 2008
  5. Apperantly, a full frames page will also hide the ad for that page. I have used a frames page (much to some disappointment in results) to load pages I host on googlepages. The idea was to have the ad on the main page, with my header banner and links pages not have the ads so I can make a dynamic page. Well, I can’t get the links to load from the left frame into the right frame, they open in a new tab. That pretty much kills the idea for me, plus I feel dishonest for not having any GodAddy ads on the page at all.

    If you think you can get the links to work cross-domain, then this might be a good bit for you. Myself, well… back to the drawing board. And a side note, I will be moving my site to a pay-host as soon as I have funds, but in the mean time I want to get it built in a manor that I can pretty much just copy the files to the new host and I’m done – without having a bunch of partial gd ads in my subframes :S

    Comment by AeSix on November 25th, 2008
  6. I wrote a script that loops through the DOM and finds all of the element id’s that are not mine. The parent element id for the godaddy ad is conash3D0. Add the following to your css file and include the css file on all pages that you don’t want to see the ad on.

    conash3D0

    {
    display:none;
    }

    With ALL of the methods posted above you loose some form of functionality (i.e. hiding iframes is no good if you’re using iframes or adding the noscript tag will still show the add for browsers with javascript disabled, etc.). And just to pick a bone with Godaddy, the sign-up process did not make it clear that there would be ‘advertising’ on my site. I didn’t find out until I had uploaded and viewed my first page. I’m sure it was there in the fine print but had I of known, I would have gone elsewhere….

    Enjoy the script

    Comment by zerocool on January 6th, 2009
  7. The css above did not come thru correctly. Let’s see if this works. Try

    .#conash3D0 { display:none; }

    without the period before the number sign.

    Comment by zerocool on January 6th, 2009
  8. thanks Casey it worked perfectly!!

    Comment by peter on February 8th, 2009
  9. why did you say “I wouldn’t normally recommend GoDaddy as a “pay” hosting provider”?
    I use it as a pay hosting and I like it.

    Comment by Peter on February 20th, 2009
  10. Hey Peter, I know some GD hosting customers that are perfectly happy with them as well. I just don’t think they are as “advanced” as I would like.

    I know they don’t offer secure shell access, so SFTP is out; that is a big one with me.

    I have heard conflicting reports on their customer service. Some have had no problems, but some have said it’s very difficult to get help.

    I find their account control panel to be unbearable. That is another big one for me, since I tinker in my control panel on a regular basis.

    But don’t let my opinion affect you. If you are happy, then that is all that matters.

    Comment by debbie T on February 22nd, 2009
  11. hi. i tried adding the code, in the source section in GoLive. It doesnt seem to work for me…
    any suggestions??

    thank you!

    Comment by Jg on March 20th, 2009
  12. Hi debbie,
    I wonder if I can only use the free hosting under a sub-domain?
    If so, I may use it as a file service for my blog. They won’t add tails after a non-HTML file, do they?

    Comment by dong on March 30th, 2009
  13. Hi
    Anyway to remove using iweb 09? I’ve uploaded my site to godaddy free and the ads have completely destroyed my wufoo form and bannerzest banner 🙁
    why has this happened thought banner would only be at top of page?

    Comment by dangerousdave on June 7th, 2009
  14. To Dong and Dave, you guys could always try buying a hosting plan. Then you won’t have to worry about the ads.

    It’s only $5 a month.

    Comment by debbie T on June 7th, 2009
  15. Good post! Will try later. I hate Godaddy’s AD even though my web is personal blog!

    Comment by james on June 13th, 2009
  16. Great Job. This code worked.

    Comment by Atikson on February 21st, 2010
  17. Hi guys,
    In which file does one place the code?

    Cheers,
    M

    Comment by M on May 13th, 2010
  18. The code should go to a master CSS file if you have one in your site, or CSS section of your HTML page file.

    By the way, this banner code that godaddy add to the free web page “break” the administration page of WordPress, both CSS (chrome and firefox) and Javascript (IE, chrome, Firefox) and render WordPress administration virtually impossible. There is a discussion of fix below which involves the hacking of WordPress’ Core code.

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/280162

    and, thanks to these additional closing HTML tags that the banner code adds to end of the page, the site will not pass W3C validation test.

    I guess that’s the price of using “free site”

    Comment by masakiA on May 15th, 2010