Please, if you like stable websites, if you enjoy fast speeds when your website loads, if you don't want any change you need to make in configuring your website (DNS, chmod, FTP user names, email, etc.) to take hours, please do not use GoDaddy. Point blank.
I've personally used GoDaddy for webhosting over the past three or four years, and I've had several of my clients use them. I quickly dissuade them, encouraging they switch to DreamHost or WPWebHost (both of whom I'm an affiliate and have written a QuickTip or Review on) or Bluehost or JustHost (the latter two I haven't used for a client or personally, but I have friends and fellow designers who've recommended those sites).
I only recommend GD for their domain name registration because they are relatively cheap, but more so because they have a robust list of TLD they offer. More than any of the other hosts I mentioned above.
However, even with their litany of TLDs, they do not offer free private domain name masking (to hide your name and address when you register a domain; if it's not privatized, anyone can find your name and address via a WHOIS search, such as whois.net). Dreamhost and WPWebHost both offer free privatization of the registration.
Don't get tempted by the Siren's call of "free" hosting (usually it is Windows-based and limited in bandwidth, storage and email addresses) and free domain name purchasing. It's not worth the small initial savings in the long-run. Trust me.
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