Why NOT to use GoDaddy as your Microsoft 365 provider

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GoDaddy’s attractive prices for Microsoft 365 may tempt you into getting the services provided through them. However, in this blog, I will discuss three reasons why you shouldn’t be buying your M365 via GoDaddy.

One of the first things people do when starting a business is look for a domain name. During your research, you will probably come across ‘GoDaddy’ as they are one of the biggest domain registrars in the world. If you choose GoDaddy, you will most likely get offered Microsoft 365 services at very reasonable prices. GoDaddy even provide a straightforward set-up to help you get started! So what’s the issue?

GoDaddy & Microsoft 365

In 2014 GoDaddy and Microsoft 365 formed a strategic partnership. With GoDaddy’s vast client base and Microsoft’s widely used services, the benefits would profit both businesses.

If you take a closer look at the prices, you can see the differences between their and Microsoft’s offers. (These packages correlate with another, Such as essentials being similar to basic.


  • Business Essentials – £5.49 per Month
  • Business Professional – £8.49 per Month
  • Advanced Security Bundle – £12.48 per Month


Microsoft 365:

  • Business Basic – £4.50 per Month
  • Business Standard – £9.40 per Month
  • Business Premium – £16.60 per Month
  • Apps – £7.90

Considering the much cheaper prices, the issue with GoDaddy’s rebranded versions of Microsoft 365’s packages may seem too good to be true. Here’s why it is…

Less Scaling

Microsoft 365 via GoDaddy is only designed for very small businesses. If you have over 10 users within your business, you will undoubtedly struggle, and if you intend to grow your business, you will have to change from GoDaddy to Microsoft 365 directly. So why not just cut out the middleman and start with Microsoft’s services directly from them?

Limited Features

If you all need the most basic version of M365, then GoDaddy might work for you. However, the chances are that your business is going to grow. This means that your technology requirements are also going to grow. GoDaddy does not offer all of the features that Microsoft does, and they also do not support third-party add-ons. To enjoy all of the features that Microsoft has available, you mustn’t go through GoDaddy, but through Microsoft themselves.

Issues

GoDaddy’s sign-in is nested within Microsoft, and there are a lot of rumours that this causes major sign-in problems with other Microsoft services. This is just another obstacle in your business running smoothly and will cost you significant time at work to fix.

Overall, GoDaddy is a good option for very small businesses that do not intend to grow. For most companies, It’s best to jump straight into Microsoft 365 rather than faff around with GoDaddy and eventually change over after much frustration.

If you or your business has already started on GoDaddy, have no fear! Here at Integral IT, we do around two monthly projects similar to this scenario. Feel free to let us know if you are in a situation like this!

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