Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Did GoDaddy Just Impress Me?

I believe they did. Not only did they detect that I was setting up a hosting account for an active domain and left the DNS config alone, but they offer preview DNS:

Preview DNS lets you test your website prior to launch to ensure it displays and behaves properly on our hosting servers before modifying your domain's DNS record. This is beneficial when you are setting up a website for a domain that is currently active, either in your account or with another hosting provider.

When you enable Preview DNS, a subdomain is created on our server that temporarily houses your website. If Preview DNS is applied to, the preview URL is

It's a simple, but really powerful idea. This should avoid various subdomain hacks I used to use to configure a host before the domain was switched over.

Now, if only GoDaddy didn't make shopping on their an exhausting experience where you continually need to fight off upsells - well, they'd really blow me away.

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