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GoDaddy.com Shared Hosting Growth Vaults It to the 3rd Largest Hoster

The Go Daddy Group, Inc., parent company of GoDaddy.com, the No. 1 registrar of domain names, announced today that its rapid growth in the shared hosting market has catapulted it into the 3rd largest shared hosting provider worldwide, according to Netcraft LTD (www.netcraft.com), a globally respected authority on market share for hosting, encrypted transactions, e-commerce and more.

Netcraft reports that when Go Daddy entered the shared hosting market in January 2003, it had 21,000 active shared hosting sites. Two years later, in January 2005, Go Daddy's active shared hosting accounts had grown to 383,893, according to Netcraft. And Go Daddy's growth in the shared hosting market has continued unabated, as evidenced by Netcraft's most recent statistics. As of May 2005, Go Daddy has 678,261 shared hosting accounts -- a growth of 76.7% since January. Netcraft further notes that Go Daddy currently hosts twice as many active shared hosting sites as industry pioneers NTT/Verio and Interland.

"Overcoming the industry's pioneers to become the 3rd largest shared hosting provider worldwide clearly demonstrates that we are well on our way to making the name "Go Daddy" as synonymous with premier hosting services, as the name is for domain registration services," said Bob Parsons, president and founder of The Go Daddy Group, named the fastest growing technology company (ranked # 8 overall) on the Inc. 500 List of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies. "Of course, we have every intention of driving continued meteoric growth until such time as we reach the no. 1 position worldwide." Parsons added, "Most recently, Go Daddy has entered the dedicated and virtual dedicated hosting markets, and once again, our goal is to become the leader in those markets by providing the best products at the most competitive prices, combined with the highest quality 24x7 customer support. We welcome all of these challenges."

The Go Daddy Group is the world's No. 1 domain name registrar both in terms of new registrations and domains under management. The Go Daddy Group enables individuals and businesses to acquire, create and safeguard their unique identities and brands on the Internet by offering a complete line of web development tools, including domain name registration, hosting, email systems, SSL certificates and complementary products and services. The Go Daddy Group includes three ICANN-accredited domain name registrars: flagship registrar GoDaddy.com (www.GoDaddy.com), membership-based registrar Blue Razor Domains, Inc. (www.bluerazor.com), and reseller registrar Wild West Domains, Inc. (www.wildwestdomains.com). The Go Daddy Group also offers private domain name registration services through Domains By Proxy, Inc. (www.domainsbyproxy.com), as well as SSL Certificates through its SSL Certificate Authority, Starfield Technologies, Inc. (www.starfieldtech.com). The Go Daddy Group registers a new domain name every 6 seconds.

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