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TTAG and Go Daddy Go Their Separate Ways

I hate to say you told me so, but you told me so. My decision to switch servers from Rackspace to Go Daddy to save mondo dollars was an unmitigated disaster. Not only did we lose service and posts (which will be restored) and traffic, we also lost comment functionality. Despite Stephen Malanshak’s best indeed super-human efforts, Humpty Dumpty couldn’t be put back together again. So, with e-tail between my legs, I’ve made the decision to go back to the Rack. Look for massive cloud cover by the weekend. Meanwhile, I apologize to TTAG’s readers deeply and completely for all the commenting tsuris. Rest assured it will NOT happen again. At least not because of me being penny wise and pound foolish. I promise to make it up to you by redoubling TTAG’s efforts to be the best damn gun blog in the history of the world, ever. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


  1. avatar Avid Reader says:

    Meh. No need to fall on your sword. You’ve got to do what you think is best for your business. If you don’t try new things that make sense at the time, you won’t grow. Failure is a part of striving to improve. Admitting it didn’t work and moving on is part of the process. I’m just happy to be able to see and participate in a website like this one.

    I’ve also had my issues with GoDaddy on a business website, so I can’t say I’m too surprised. There are some things they do well. Others, not so much. . .

    1. avatar Chaz says:

      I’ve also had my issues with GoDaddy


      1. avatar Not Too Eloquent says:

        No worries Robert.

    2. avatar Phydeaux says:


  2. avatar John Fritz says:

    Props for the Yiddish. 😉

  3. avatar Shane from Kanuckistan says:


  4. avatar KWAL says:

    You typed that way too fast. Slow down… :-p

  5. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    Does this mean that we won’t be seeing any of the hot GoDaddy girls? If you give us back the edit feature all will be forgivin.

  6. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    OK you guys are screwing with my head now. I just noticed the click to edit, and I clicked and got a blank screen and couldn’t edit.

    1. avatar matt says:

      Its been that way since the switch to GoDaddy, for me at least.

  7. avatar matt says:

    Your switch to GoDaddy did fix one thing, those damned Invalid Email address errors that effectively banned me for a couple months.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Those weren’t errors.

      Okay, I’m kidding.

    2. avatar Andrew Snyder says:

      I was hit by that as well, I really hope going back doesn’t mean me loosing the ability to post again.

  8. avatar virtualjohn says:

    I appreciate your website. I really like guns and looking at guns and talking about guns and hearing about guns and mainly shooting guns. The last thought makes me envious that people send you cool guns to shoot. At least, here I can read about you guys shooting cool guns. Wait that isn’t helping much. I’m envious. Really, thanks for the site.

  9. avatar Thomas Paine says:

    Capitalism. The market speaks!

  10. avatar Ralph says:

    Hey, shit happens. But we’re still here, and we ain’t goin’ away. Rock on.

  11. avatar Mark Smith says:

    When it comes to hosting, you get what you pay for. Especially managed hosting.

    Roughly the only break you’ll get is if you’re a server sysadmin, your buddy is a network guru and your other two buddies are a talented web designer and a solid developer and you know someone who will lease you colo space on the cheap.

    Short of that? Yeah.

    I know of some companies that pay upwards of $25,000 a month for hosting, and it’s not a perfectly smooth road for them either, so don’t feel too bad.

    1. avatar Sanchanim says:

      I think I fell off my chair this sounds like me and my friends hahaha!
      In fact I am sitting in a data center as we speak surrounded by oh 700 or so servers. A couple of cages down is Apple and EA Games 🙂

  12. avatar Hergenblurgen says:

    Not to mention Godaddy was a major supporter of the SOPA bill.

  13. avatar APBTFan says:

    Tell me it isn’t true. Gratuitous T&A in the ads doesn’t equal top notch service or product? But, but, Hooters has the best food in the world!

    1. avatar James Grant says:

      Hooters serves food?!

    2. avatar Dan says:

      Some of the best buffets I’ve ever eaten have been at strip clubs.

  14. avatar Dubya Bee says:

    “the best damn gun blog in the history of the world, ever.”

    You are, indeed, despite any barely noticeable setbacks. And you have every indication that you will remain so for the foreseeable future.


  15. avatar Stephen says:

    It’s all good.

    This Already IS the best gun blog!

    Cheers on the humility.

    Please run for President.

    1. avatar Sanchanim says:

      I would vote for him! oh but you need Dan as your VP lol
      You would get the Jewish vote I am sure!!

  16. avatar Aharon says:

    Thanks for creating the greatest pro gun blog ever.

    Now, how about some of those wonderful knife review posts such as TTAG featured a months ago? 🙂

  17. avatar Bill says:

    When I saw you’d switched over to the dark side (GoDaddy) I was hoping you’d get lucky, but wouldn’t have put any of my own money on it. Sorry you had to figure it out the hard way.

    You’re definitely the best gun blog on the web. Keep up the good work.

  18. avatar counihan says:

    Thank you!
    And major props on the humility.

  19. avatar HAVE GUN says:

    Happy to see you got it fixed. Also happy that I am not permanently banned from posting.

  20. avatar Fred says:

    Godaddy is great for registering domain names (their core business). I personally use Hostgator for my hosting needs. They really go the extra mile for you. I am amazed with their customer service. I used to work for an internet consulting company that could externally measure the performance and availability of websites. Some of our customers would use Rackspace some of their uptime claims are incorrect for sure. Rackspace is a decent hosting company that like Godaddy is very good marketing and (IMO) mega overpriced.

    1. avatar Sanchanim says:

      Sounds like you were using loadrunner..
      We use Go Daddy as well for domain hosting, but that is it..

  21. avatar Graybeard says:

    FWIW, I just posted a comment on another article – my first in days – and got a message “You are posting too quickly. Slow down.”


  22. avatar bontai Joe says:

    Better to try and fail than to not try at all. I’m just glad that the site exists, and that you are involved as closely as you are. There are a lot of web sites out there that are run like a slum building with an absenttee landlord.

  23. avatar John Jackson says:

    mozel tov

  24. avatar Sanchanim says:

    Robert, being that I work in the IT space myself I totally understand your predicament.
    You have been honest, and responsive to issues, and yes Stephen has had so much RedBull in the last few weeks I am sure he needs some sort of therapy now. 🙂
    You tried, yes I know their adds are well… inviting.. LMAO
    Hang in there, and we are all with you guys…
    It is a very difficult task and you all have done your best.
    Thanks for the updates and your commitment to this site..

  25. avatar DrBiggly says:

    Rackspace folks are great, and they don’t spend their ad dollars on celebrities. I’d recommend Rackspace alone just based on my own customer service interactions with them, with IT administration being something I’ve done for well over a decade now. They are truly an impressive organization, and I’m glad to see that you’re going back to them.

  26. avatar Elkhunt says:

    FYI I use just for several sites work and personal, nothing super high traffic but cost effective and reliable from what I have seen 🙂

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