GoDaddy .COM names now 30% OFF

This info may be useful for some readers.

.COM names for $6.99

This special 30% OFF* sale expires June 30, 2008.

To get your discount, simply enter source code gdp0611aa in your shopping cart, or mention the code when you call.

You can lock in these savings for up to 10 years by choosing multi-year registration.

People renewing existing domains also can enjoy this offer.

Who Sold Me to Domain Design Shop?

I was curious when I received an Email with the subject “Important information about your domain: thinlight.org”. I ordered this domain name from GoDaddy, but they shouldn’t send me emails when there isn’t any changes of the domain.

Actually the mail was not from GoDaddy. The content was:

Hello,
Congratulations on registering the domain: thinlight.org. Now is the time to establish an effective Internet presence. Domain Design Shop is an internationally recognized Web design company that specializes in marketing and branding. Our staff has assisted hundreds of companies, organizations, and individuals in achieving their goals of developing custom web sites and technology solutions.

Please click here to see our portfolio: [their site url]

Warm Regards,
[their site url]

Sweet! They knew that I had just got this domain and provided such a comfortable service!

But wait a minute. Who gave away the message that I just registered this domain? I think it’s not GoDaddy who sold me out. “Domain Design Shop” must be such a shit polling the whois database to get the new registered domains information, and spamming these domain owners.

If you’re interested, go and check out their own website. No I don’t want such design works, though my own design is ugly enough. They just remind me of the “good old days” years ago.

Usually we would pay an extra fee to hide our contact information in the whois query result. Just hope they’re not spamming every domain buyers.

GoDaddy Gift Cards with other Payments

When I was going to buy this domain from GoDaddy, I realized that I had a gift card with $1 balance. Of course I would not waste it.

I searched and found the “official solution”. It was easy. First choose gift card as payment option, and

If your purchase amount is greater than the amount on your gift card, simply choose another payment method to cover the remaining balance.

I followed the instructions, but on the page where I entered my gift card number, I could only add more gift cards, but couldn’t add other payment methods. I tried to go to next step, with the hope that it would prompt me to choose another payment method. No, it just said the payment couldn’t be verified.

Finally I got the right way to use this “wasted” gift card. Instead choosing gift card as your payment option, you should choose the payment method that you want to cover the balance. I chose paypal, and after returning to the checkout page, I saw the “use gift card” option right below the paypal account information form. GoDaddy first used my gift card, and then requested the remaining balance from my paypal account. Largely the same if you choose paying by credit card.

GoDaddy needs to update their help docs :) .