GoDaddy and 1and1 – Beyond Web Hosting As Usual

Every web host worth its salt gives its customers tools to build a web site. Some give software some give online tools many offer both. But goes a bit beyond the usual and gives its customers tools to build “rich” web site add-ons such as – blogs, discussion boards, and photo albums.
This goes hand in hand with what web host, and GoDaddy competitor 1and1 recently announced 1&1 Internet, Inc., has introduced an exclusive, first-of-its kind Web content tool that allows users to increase the value of their Web pages by easily adding informative and entertaining content at no charge. The 1&1 Dynamic Content Catalog gives users the ability to enhance the professional appearance of their Web sites by adding timely and relevant content from major news and information sources within a variety of subject categories, such as: news, finance, sports, entertainment, health, science, high tech, travel, games and weather. A travel agency, for example, can offer current weather and other information about popular destinations, or a sporting goods store can provide the latest scores.
“Dynamic Content Catalog is a major step toward giving business customers, and even our private users, the ability to compete with the ëbig players’ in their respective categories,” said 1&1 Chairman of the Board Andreas Gauger. “It’s a no-cost, low-maintenance way to drive people to your site and then greet them with a unique and sophisticated presentation when they get there. And since the information is automatically updated and refreshed, chances increase that they’ll visit again.”

GoDaddy’s press release reads – Go Daddy’s Web site starter solutions are a series of applications built by Microsoft(R) partners that allow customers to install separate modules for web site customization. One such starter solution, DotNetNuke, is a portal for complete Web site design that contains over 100 different add-on modules. Another starter solution, Community Server, is an application that allows Go Daddy customers to create easy to use discussion boards (a/k/a “forums”), photo albums, and Web logs (“Blogs”). All of the applications provide step-by-step directions for installation, as well as instructions on how to use the application after installation is complete. By utilizing these separate modular applications, Go Daddy’s “Deluxe” and “Premium” Windows(R) hosting customers can design and fully customize their Web sites without having to master the intricacies of web design and programming.
“The setup was very easy,” said Josh Stine, commenting on the DotNetNuke solution. The owner of, Josh added, “You’re providing a great service. It makes it easy for a non-technical person.”
“Every day, new customers come to our site eager to launch a web site for the domain name they just purchased,” said Bob Parsons, president and founder of The Go Daddy Group, Inc., named the fastest growing technology company (ranked # 8 overall) on the Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. “These new customers are either unfamiliar with how to design a Web site, or, they simply do not have the time to dedicate to web site design,” Parsons continued. “As a result, we’ve implemented easy to use, point and click solutions that help Go Daddy customers get their customized Windows-based web sites up and running in no time — and at no additional cost.”