Wikimedia Foundation Moves Away from Go Daddy

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Just recently it was confirmed that the Wikimedia Foundation would make good on a December promise to move their hosted content away from Go Daddy and to another provider.

The foundation said it had begun the process in an engineering report for February just released Wednesday. Last month, Wikimedia’s Jay Walsh had stated, “It is true that WMF is still planning to move 100% away from GoDaddy for all of its domain name services.”

Wikimedia’s decision to change service providers follows Go Daddy’s changing stances on  the Stop Online Piracy Act. Wikimedia was against SOPA, even staging a blackout of services in January as a symbol of opposition to the bill.

Go Daddy had initially supported the legislation then switched to opposing it after receiving criticism from many customers and others in the online community. Critics of SOPA finally declared victory as Congress agreed to suspend consideration following massive opposition.

Meanwhile, the Wikimedia Foundation is  working with domain management and brand protection company MarkMonitor to oversee the transfer. To view the February statement by Wikimedia Head of Communications Jay Walsh, go here (lists.wikimedia.org).

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