Wikimedia Foundation Now Officially Off Of GoDaddy

By: Chris Crum - March 10, 2012

The Wikimedia Foundation announced that all of its sites have been migrated away from GoDaddy to MarkMonitor. The transition was completed on Friday, and the foundation it was done so without interruption to services.

Wikimedia began talking about leaving GoDaddy in late 2011/early 2012, though it has taken a while to pull off. This was of course, in response to GoDaddy’s position on SOPA/PIPA.

@jsweder @GoDaddy We are moving. They will not get another penny. We are being thoughtful about choosing. 61 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

When Wikipedia blacked out in protest to SOPA, it was seen by 162 million people.

“After exploring numerous alternatives, the Foundation’s legal team decided that MarkMonitor could best provide the comprehensive services that we needed,” said Wikimedia Legal Counsel Michelle Paulson. “MarkMonitor is a U.S.-based registrar with an office in San Francisco and has substantial experience managing other high-traffic domains. The company will help the Foundation consolidate and centralize management of all of its domains, will provide services needed to manage a global domain portfolio and will better protect our domains with additional security features.”

“The Foundation was already utilizing MarkMonitor’s brand protection services and we found their dedicated customer support team’s work to be exceptional,” Paulson added. “The use of their domain management services ensures greater efficiency in the handling of the Foundation’s trademark and domain name portfolios.”

While there was certainly a lot of hype about others leaving GoDaddy (as there was following the whole elephant scandal), the numbers of those who fled were really not all that big.

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  • Movin On….

    I’ve had the bulk of my domains registered at Go-Daddy for 4 years and had my virtual dedicted server there as well since starting my 1st website in 2008.

    All I wanted was a little bit of service like “Maybe having an upgrade to PHP 5 on the server so I could upgrade all my and my client WordPress Websites to the current version 3.3.1″

    But I guess I should have had a “managed” server cause Go-Daddy said, “$60 and we’ll upgrade our server we rent to you.” Ol Bob is too busy out on safari and trying to boink Danica to give you anything that resembles service.

    Geeze… Would you pay Hertz Car Rental an extra fee to have working seatbelts to the current safety standards when you rent a car?

    I’ve moved my server to another company and I’m lovin it! It’s costing me $6/mo less and I don’t have to hunt for a coupon code every month either. Moving my Domain Registrations is next! The migration to the new server was a bit of work but was done without an interruption to my traffic and life is much easier as a webmaster now.

    What would it take for me to go back to Go-Daddy? Fuggedaboudit…
    It’s too late! I’m Gone! No Way I’m doing all that work moving servers again…

    Not even if Bob sends Danica over for the weekend wearing her Super Bowl Commercial Costume…

    A little service to the customers would have been such a nice touch…